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This is the Modern World

I attended a book launch for Stephen Trombley's "Fifty Thinkers Who Shaped The Modern World." An American author, filmmaker and musician, Trombley has undertaken a mammoth task here: The concise history of modern thought from the enlightenment up till now.

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Seven Reasons Conferences Matter

This October, I have the pleasure of representing Innovation Excellence -- our audience in particular - and chairing the Back End of Innovation, Oct 9-11 in Boston, IIR's new bookend to FEI (the Front End of Innovation) and response to the perennial 'what do you Monday morning with all this appetite for and talk about innovation?"

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Phase 6 Innovation Analytics: Operationalize

This is the last in a series of posts describing a methodology (EMC's Data Analytics LifeCycle) for using analytics to measure innovation at a multi-national corporation. This lifecycle is taught at the Data Science and Big Data Analytics course created by EMC, and I've blogged my way through each phase of the lifecycle and have arrived at the end (Phase 6).

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The Challenge of Deep Listening

In his search for Truth, Gautama Buddha found silence an invaluable companion. It was “not wordlessness or noiselessness”, according to one account of the silence of Buddah. “It had a transforming power, permeating and filling the atmosphere around him with such intensity that people seated at his presence experienced ‘the ineffable and the inexplicable’.”In such a harmonious state, it’s possible to hear what gets drowned out in the routine hurly-burly of modern life.

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Frugal Innovation at NASA

Point: Budget constraints demand frugal innovation. Story: In 2005, NASA’s Constellation program – tasked with designing a way to get humans to the moon and eventually to Mars – suffered a 45% reduction in R&D budgets during the process of getting Constellation running. “We knew those resources weren’t coming back,” said Jeff Davis, Director of the Space Life Sciences Directorate ...

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