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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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  • 27-Jun-2016 4:20 PM | Kimberley White

    Tan Le's astonishing new computer interface reads its user's brainwaves, making it possible to control virtual objects, and even physical electronics, with mere thoughts (and a little concentration). She demos the headset, and talks about its far-reaching applications

    Listen to her TED Talk here.

  • 14-Mar-2016 12:17 PM | Kimberley White

    Sonic geometry and how it is linked with weaving...

    "Silence is the fabric upon which notes are woven."

    Watch this interesting video here.

  • 27-Feb-2016 4:11 PM | Kimberley White

    How do creative people come up with great ideas? Organizational psychologist Adam Grant studies "originals": thinkers who dream up new ideas and take action to put them into the world. In this talk, learn three unexpected habits of originals — including embracing failure. "The greatest originals are the ones who fail the most, because they're the ones who try the most," Grant says. "You need a lot of bad ideas in order to get a few good ones."

    Listen to his TED Talk here.

  • 04-Feb-2016 4:15 PM | Kimberley White

    Nothing is original, says Kirby Ferguson, creator of Everything is a Remix. From Bob Dylan to Steve Jobs, he says our most celebrated creators borrow, steal and transform.

    Listen to his TED Talk here.

  • 03-Jan-2016 4:07 PM | Kimberley White

    The great advances mankind has enjoyed in health, prosperity, food production and longevity are largely taken for granted. But they are remarkable. Around one billion people have been taken out of extreme poverty in the last 20 years. The march of progress in technology is astounding – the computing power in your mobile phone is many times that which first put men on the moon. Science, innovation, entrepreneurship and global free trade have raised prosperity, education, and opportunity around the world. The incidence of war is at much lower levels than in previous centuries. But we have a natural tendency to focus on the problems. Bad news features in our media because it grabs attention much more easily than steady progress.

    The biggest environmental problem in 1900 was not air pollution or climate change. It was horse dung. In London alone there were an estimated 300,000 horses pulling carts, cabs, and buses. The muck piled up in the streets causing bad odours and health risks. Urban authorities were unable to come up with an effective solution. But within 10 years the problem disappeared as the internal combustion engine replaced the horse.

    Read original article here.

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

    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

    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

    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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