Headlines from the Innovation Management Industry

  • If You Want To Disturb The Status Quo...
    ...you might want to talk to Ken Tencer. A few years ago, I read and reviewed a book entitled The 90% Rule: What's Your Next Big Opportunity? by co-authors and business partners Ken Tencer and John Paulo Cardoso of the branding and innovation firm Spyder Works. Continue reading →
  • Dynamic Innovation – NYSE after the 2008 Financial Crisis
    A series of personal innovation stories from a new book by Luis Solis, "Innovation Alchemists: what every CEO needs to know to hire the right Chief Innovation Officer". Today's chapter on METHOD comes from Dieter Eisinger who is SVP at NYSE Euronext. Continue reading →
  • Forget the “made in China” cliché, innovation is in China
    Perhaps the most positive sign of things to come is that its new approach to innovation isn´t just crimping from the West´s playbook. Continue reading →
  • Put Your Heart into Your Innovation Efforts
    Innovation is a constant struggle between yes and no. It requires pride, experience and reasons just as it requires lots of passion and heart. Sometimes people get confused on the right mix. Sometimes a simple picture with text (like the one above) sums it up nicely. Continue reading →
  • Deadline Extended - Nominations for Top 50 Innovation Twitter Sharers of 2014
    Okay, let's all be honest, a lot of us have either been on vacation, are going on vacation, or we're dreaming of a vacation. As a result we thought we would give people a few more days to submit their Top 50 Innovation Twitter Sharer nominations. So, we've extended the deadline to September 7, 2014....
  • Alan Webber on What’s Wrong with the Way We Aspire to Success
    This post is part of a series of conversations published on the Time website, authored by myself and Nicha Ratana, with transformational leaders who will be storytellers at the BIF10 Collaborative Innovation Summit in Providence, RI, on Sept. 17-18. Continue reading →
  • Our Future Economy – The Maker Movement
    If you read Innovation Excellence regularly, you know that we've discussed the Maker Movement several times. So we're happy to bring you The Grommet's take on what they are certain is not just a passing trend. Here is their visual representation of the Maker Movement; its impact on consumer product...
  • Social Innovation & Global Ethics Forum Call for Projects
    Join us at the first edition of the Social Innovation & Global Ethics Forum (SIGEF), organised by Horyou, will take place at the CICG in Geneva from the 22nd until the 24th of October Continue reading →
  • Innovation Fun
    In a recent article about how to rekindle excitement for competitive sports, I immediately noticed parallels between what the author, Arianne Brown, was facing and what we in the innovation world face in terms of maintaining our energy levels in pursuit of innovation goals. Continue reading →
  • Does Innovation Research Need Radical Innovation Itself?
    A lot of innovation research is still based on asking people what they think, often in highly unrealistic research environments. Asking the wrong questions, or maybe the act of asking questions itself, risks throwing the baby out with the bathwater, and killing the really big ideas off before they h...
  • Spotlight on the Back End of Innovation (will you ask the right questions?)
    Do too many ideas stall out innovation? This quandary is rooted in what is known as the "Front End of Innovation," which is the idea generation part of the process, and the "Back End of Innovation," which is the strategy and implementation of these ideas. Continue reading →
  • President Obama Finally Gets Around To Nominating A New IP Czar
    posted on 8/29/2014 07:00 PM

    While we're still waiting for the White House to actually nominate a new head of the US Patent and Trademark Office, the other big administration "intellectual property" job has also been vacant for over a year: the "Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator" (IPEC) job, frequently referred to a...
  • The Interesting Thing About Google's Delivery Drones Is Not The Drones, But Massive Societal Shift They Envision
    posted on 8/29/2014 10:07 AM

    Alexis Madrigal, over at The Atlantic, has the big scoop story concerning Google's project to create delivery drones, in its Google X moonshot factory. The project, unimaginatively dubbed Project Wing, has many people comparing it to Amazon's similarly announced plans for delivery drones. And, of course, for years before that, we discussed ideas like the TacoCopter (and the LobsterCopter) which some people were trying to build to deliver food via drones. Google has confirmed the project (notably never using the term drone, but instead "self-flying vehicles") with this video: Of course, as we've been noting since the TacoCopter days, the big problem here is that the FAA hates drones and insists that they are 100% illegal for any for-profit effort no matter how useful or reasonable. While most people are comparing this to Amazon's drone delivery idea, or talking about the nature of "instant gratification," it seems like many are totally missing the much bigger thinking behind Google's effort here. Like most truly disruptive innovations, the interesting thing here isn't in just delivering packages faster, but how such a move could totally reshape society -- a vision that the team behind this at Google apparently are well aware of. From Madrigal's writeup, this key part is buried in the middle, but is the most important point. This isn't about faster delivery. This is about how faster delivery can totally change our relationship to physical things: The idea goes like this: Because people can´t assume near-instantaneous delivery of whatever they need, they stockpile things. They might have a bunch of batteries, slowly decharging in a drawer, or a drill that they use for 10 minutes a year. Each of these things is a personal possession that sits around, embodying all this energy and industrial effort unproductively. If this sounds familiar, it should: It is the argument-even down to the drill example-that organizations like Worldchanging made in the mid-00s for the creation of "product-service systems." Those ideas, in turn, became key planks in the original conception of the "sharing economy," imagined as one in which the world could make much less stuff because efficient, digital logistics would let each asset be used by more people. "It would help move us from an ownership society to an access society. We would have more of a community feel to the things in our lives," Teller preached. "And what if we could do that and lower the noise pollution and lower the carbon footprint, while we improve the safety of having these things come to you?" People like to mock ideas like "the sharing economy" for putting things like homes and cars to more efficient use rather than leaving them idle all the time. But drones that can move things about easily, quickly and efficiently really could absolutely change how we think about property and ownership. Now, for those who are worried about Google, they might not like Google being at the center of this, but it's hardly likely that they'll be the only player in this space. But this is also why the FAA's restrictions could be so damaging. The FAA, like so many government bureaucracies, has trouble viewing the future. They only view it through the prism of the past. So, drones are seen as toys that might "interfere with airplanes." The FAA is in absolutely no rush to allow commercial drone use (which is why Google's tests are all being done in Australia), because to FAA bureaucrats, what's the big deal? Drones are toys. The fact that they could reshape certain aspects of the way society works doesn't even enter the picture. But if you're trying to understand where the future of innovation is going, dismissing projects like this as just being about toys -- or even just being about delivering things faster -- means that you're missing everything.Permalink | Comments | Email This Story
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