Archive for December, 2014

The unobviousness of of innovation

Friday, December 26th, 2014

The best storyteller of a generation tells of how innovation is not as straight forward as it may appear.



Open Innovation: a popular but misconceived idea

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Lately, a lot of people have been talking about Open Innovation but I noticed that very few know what it means. Last month, I was at an event where a few Canadian engineers were recognized for their contribution to the society. During his speech, one of the winners said that in his company, they were the pioneers of Open Innovation. He then explained that they adopted an Open Innovation strategy because they let their employees come up with the ideas and share them with the high executives. In this article, I’d like to clarify a few misconceptions about this statement and the big idea in general….

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Bloomberg Philanthropies Expands Innovation Teams Program to 12 New American Cities

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

Bloomberg Philanthropies today announced that 12 U.S. cities have been selected to participate in the $45 million expansion of its Innovation Teams program. The program aims to improve the capacity of City Halls to effectively design and implement new approaches that improve citizens’ lives – relying on data, open innovation, and strong project and performance management to help mayors address pressing urban challenges.

MIT: Ideal problem solvers are both specialists and generalists

Friday, December 12th, 2014

There is wide agreement among researchers that effective problem solvers—or problem-solving teams—are not just good specialists in their fields, they also are good generalists. In other words, T-shaped professionals.