Innovation Inspiration

Inspiring stories of innovation from around the world, in many different sectors. Looking further afield might just provide a lightbulb moment for your organisation, or perhaps just a little motivation.

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  • 02-Jan-2016 4:04 PM | Kimberley White (Administrator)

    Steve Jobs built—and then revived—Apple by fusing technology with design. IBM has remained a top player in its industry for roughly a century by investing in research that is often a decade ahead of its time. Facebook “moves fast and maintains a stable infrastructure” (but apparently doesn’t break things anymore).

    Each of these companies, in its own way, is a superior innovator. But what makes Google (now officially known as Alphabet) different is that it doesn’t rely on any one strategy, but deploys a number of them to create an intricate—but powerful—innovation ecosystem that seems to roll out innovations by the dozens.

    The company is, of course, a massive enterprise, with $75 billion in revenues, over 60,000 employees and a dizzying array of products, from the core search business and the android operating system to nascent businesses like autonomous cars. So to better understand how Google innovates, I took a look at close look what it’s doing in one area: Deep Learning.

    Read original article here.

  • 04-Sep-2015 4:24 PM | Kimberley White (Administrator)

    Not everyone has the same strengths – if we did, that would be a bit boring. Realizing how people approach innovation and their strengths is something Tamara Kleinberg accomplishes. She created a tool, the Innovation Quotient Edge; for identifying your innovation strength.

    Tamara is known for her ability to innovate from ideation to implementation and has brought to market products for very large brands. For the past 18 years, she has advised companies such as Disney, Procter & Gamble, General Mills and Otterbox on fostering innovative ideas and people.

    From the discussion with Tamara, she shared nine traits of innovators and how to identify the trait(s) that is your strength. The traits are:

    1. Collaborative
    2. Experiential
    3. Futuristic
    4. Fluid
    5. Imaginative
    6. Inquisitive
    7. Instinctual
    8. Risk Taker
    9. Tweaker

  • 27-Feb-2015 4:22 PM | Kimberley White (Administrator)

    Tech communities are booming all over Africa, says Nairobi-based Juliana Rotich, cofounder of the open-source software Ushahidi. But it remains challenging to get and stay connected in a region with frequent blackouts and spotty Internet hookups. So Rotich and friends developed BRCK, offering resilient connectivity for the developing world.

    Listen to her TED Talk here.

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