New book out: The Wealth of Ideas - Joren De Wachter My new book, “The Wealth of Ideas” is now published. Discover the book that explains Intellectual Property, and that explains how we need to change it in order to have more innovation and creativity in our society. Read why publishers refused to publish because they said: “I ask myself if I’d publish a book I intrinsically disagree with, and I answer no” – publisher 1 “We felt the book was a little too polemic … to work for us” – publisher 2
Corporate social innovation isn't easy, but some companies are succeeding. Here's how. Photograph: Simon Belcher/Alamy The term "innovation" appears at least daily in Guardian Sustainable Business. That's because innovation is the key to addressing the social and environmental challenges we face today. Five keys to corporate social innovation | Guardian Sustainable Business
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Thank you for participating in the My LA2050 challenge. We received 279 submissions, and more than 70,000 people voted to help us choose the ten winning proposals. We were blown away by the diversity and the high quality of the submissions. The selection process was extremely competitive. My LA2050
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Where's My Private, Free, Open-Source Personal Web? ⚙ Co When businesses buy software, they don't expect to take what's off the shelf. They get everything customized as they like, open to tweak and update, and with their own privacy and data kept under lock and key. But in the consumer world of free software, browsers, and apps, you get what you pay for--terms of service are totally dictated by the company. The exception is in open-source alternatives, like WordPress for blogging and Firefox for browsing. There the communities of users and creators have the freedom to control their own domains, and collaborate to improve, customize, and update the product.
Step Aside Sir Humphrey: 10 Characteristics of Transformative Innovation Graham Leicester We British have a long tradition of poking gentle fun at our capacity to go through the motions of change without anything actually changing. I used to be a government official, so know the genre only too well. But it has begun to wear thin for me - as the depth and criticality of the challenges facing us grows, so I have become impatient with this knowing cynicism, however charming.
Graham Leicester The Commission on Education Reform in Scotland concluded last summer that reform is easy to envision but almost impossible to deliver. Keir Bloomer, its chairman, lamented: “Every country in the developed world is engaged in educational reform. Yet they all struggle to break free from the organisational constraints of systems designed in the 19th century. Nobody has yet developed the change processes that lead to genuinely transformed practice.” In other words, in spite of our best efforts, we are all stuck. Transforming Education: Three Horizons Shows The Way
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Why Innovation Matters In Politics And The Public Sector The United States government is the world's largest consumer of technology, spending some $80 billion each year, with much of it wasted on idle servers, systems and websites dedicated to various departments and offices. Since the dot-com era of the early aughts, the Clinton, Bush, and Obama administrations have made technology-driven innovation a priority in domestic agendas. Politicians and bureaucrats see technology as a giant panacea for inefficient government functions ranging from healthcare and social services to homeland security and national defense. Innovation and technology drives everything from education to economic growth.
by Uri Neren | 10:00 AM September 28, 2012 For more than half of India's citizens, seeing was a problem. About 7 percent of the population wore eyeglasses in 2002, while a whopping 65 percent of those in need did not have them. But for an average worker living in rural India, earning $1 a day was the norm. Embrace Your Constraints to Create New Markets - Uri Neren
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The Founders In 2005 we started working together on a joint master thesis in industrial design after four and a half years studying at LTH, the Faculty of Engineering at Lund University in Sweden. The law that had just been introduced in Sweden making bicycle helmets compulsory for children up to the age of 15 had triggered a heated debate on whether it should be extended to include adult cyclists too. To people like us, who wouldn't be seen dead in a polystyrene helmet, the thought that we might be forced to wear one by law was cause for concern. Producing a bicycle helmet that people would be happy to put on looked like a much better way to go than legislation forcing people to wear one or else. Hövding - Den osynliga cykelhjälmen
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An Exploration of the Disruptive Innovation Theory A disruptive innovation is an innovation that helps create a new market and value network, and eventually goes on to disrupt an existing market and value network (over a few years or decades), displacing an earlier technology. The term is used in business and technology literature to describe innovations that improve a product or service in ways that the market does not expect, typically first by designing for a different set of consumers in the new market and later by lowering prices in the existing market. The Great Disruption: The Future of Personal Tech (Infographic)
Much like creative individuals, who often experience bursts of inspiration, many companies’ innovation efforts follow an uneven, erratic pattern. You have probably been part of such an innovation effort yourself. The company’s leaders announce a major innovation initiative, many managers are involved, a few agency partners are invited, the brainstorming sessions produce many promising ideas but after a couple of glitzy presentations the enthusiasm cools off. Before long everyone is back attending to the issues of the core business and, out of the pile of new ideas, only a couple squeeze through into the development stage. What makes the enthusiasm about new ideas so difficult to sustain? What Kills New Ideas in Your Company – And How You Can Increase Their Survival Rate | CloverView
Phnom Penh Lab Blog: Creating Tools that Locals Can Shape Since most of our work is in low resource settings, most of the people who use our technologies have very little education. We call these people "low level users". Even though these users have little to no education, we still find that using technologies to help them share information is incredibly helpful. The most important thing to remember when designing tools for them is to build on the skills and resources that they are already familiar with. In order to create tools that are useful, they must be context appropriate. Here's our process:
Business Lessons From A Baby Elephant Vijay Govindarajan is the co-author, with Chris Trimble, of Reverse Innovation: Create Far From Home, Win Everywhere , which hits bookshelves on April 10. A professor at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth University, Govindarajan chatted with Fast Company about $2,000 heart surgery, elephant prostheses, and the need for American businesses to, in essence, study abroad. What’s "reverse innovation"? Historically, multinationals innovated in rich countries like the U.S. and sold products in poor countries like India. Reverse innovation is doing the exact opposite, about innovating in a poor country like India, and bringing products to the U.S.
The following is an excerpt from the book. Jugaad Innovation: Think Frugal, Be Flexible, Generate Breakthrough Growth
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