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A Bizarre New Perspective on Brainstorms

A Bizarre New Perspective on Brainstorms

October 7, 2014 9:56 am

We’ve all been in a meeting where we were asked to brainstorm.  The concept is familiar. Everyone involved writes out everything they can think of on the given topic, even if it seems strange, silly, or not quite practical, because sometimes, as we let our brains really run, we come across a solution or idea that just works.…

What is the magic behind the innovations of Silicon Valley?

What is the magic behind the innovations of Silicon Valley?

October 2, 2014 2:15 pm

Many governments and organizations have wanted to unravel the magic behind the innovations of Silicon Valley so that they can take it back and re-create its success.…

What innovation can you leverage from military bombing to kill bacteria and viruses in the human body?

What innovation can you leverage from military bombing to kill bacteria and viruses in the human body?

September 30, 2014 9:45 am

Gizmodo recently reported that some researchers at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense are working on a new way to attack bacteria and viruses in the human body using buckyballs.…

Killer Idea: Simple invention solves annoying problem in the game of golf

Killer Idea: Simple invention solves annoying problem in the game of golf

September 22, 2014 8:59 am

We all have pet-peeves, those small things that annoy us or seem unnecessarily complicated.  What if instead of letting your aggravation build up, you used obnoxious things in life to inspire you to create, innovate and strategize?…

5 Great Reasons to Ask Questions

5 Great Reasons to Ask Questions

September 15, 2014 8:54 am

In a world where customers have access to an almost unlimited number of products, most of which they may not even use, it becomes even more important to differentiate yourself in order to draw attention to what you might have to offer.  How can you make a customer’s life easier, better or more interesting?  Why should they choose you?  These are questions that companies tend to ask in order to sell their products.…

A Killer Idea: Licensing an innovation back to the original innovator

A Killer Idea: Licensing an innovation back to the original innovator

August 25, 2014 7:08 am

The innovation of inflatable space station modules, now being developed by Bigelow Aerospace as the basis of a commercial space station, has a strange history. The concept was actually developed by NASA as part of a project called Transhab, which contemplated attaching inflatable modules to what would later become the International Space Station.…

Do we really understand what it means to be creative?

Do we really understand what it means to be creative?

August 18, 2014 10:18 am

Creativity is that which separates human beings from beasts. It is more than just building a tool or expressing one’s “self” or drawing a picture. The ability to be creative involves an understanding of nature that we then change and adapt based on our needs or to solve a problem.…

A Killer Innovation: A Microscope that Fits in Your Shirt Pocket

A Killer Innovation: A Microscope that Fits in Your Shirt Pocket

August 11, 2014 8:03 am

When Manu Prakash took his idea to Bill and Melinda Gates, he probably encountered no small amount of skepticism.  His innovation?  A paper microscope that weighs less than a few coins, fits in your pocket and costs about one dollar to manufacture.…

Henry Ford almost lost it all by not recognizing that an innovators job is never done

Henry Ford almost lost it all by not recognizing that an innovators job is never done

July 16, 2014 7:04 am

One of the secrets to being an innovator is the ability to ferret out the unspoken needs and unspoken wants of a customer and then develop a product or service that fills it.…

How do you find that next killer idea? Observe potential customers and ask questions

How do you find that next killer idea? Observe potential customers and ask questions

July 9, 2014 11:16 am

Over the last few months, I started to post selected excerpts from my book, Beyond The Obvious.  This weeks post takes a look at how to identify ideas that could lead to billion dollar innovations.…

Is the fear of failure killing your creativity and hindering your success?

Is the fear of failure killing your creativity and hindering your success?

July 7, 2014 7:09 am

If you look at any of your favorite creative projects, you will see a polished gem staring you in the face.  And this is where most people stop.  The final product is so amazing that it intimidates them.…

Did you know that brandy was the unintended consequence of a medieval tax dodge?

Did you know that brandy was the unintended consequence of a medieval tax dodge?

June 23, 2014 7:02 am

Brandy is a distilled drink made from wine, though some forms are created from mash made from fruits other than grapes. Some brandies are aged in wooden casks.…

Innovation: Does Your Organization Have The Willingness and Ability?

Innovation: Does Your Organization Have The Willingness and Ability?

June 16, 2014 9:11 am

Companies depend on the ability to innovate in order to remain competitive. Traditionally, we consider innovation to involve fun and creativity. However, innovation can be hard work requiring both a willingness and an ability to generate ideas.…

An innovation that could make the washer, the dryer, and the Laundromat obsolete

An innovation that could make the washer, the dryer, and the Laundromat obsolete

June 9, 2014 7:02 am

Right now it is just a design concept, but the Luna Wash, created by Juan Camilo Restrepo Villamizar for 2014’s Electrolux Design Challenge may be just the innovation that makes the washer, the dryer, and the laundromat obsolete.…

The unintended consequence of a headache cure invented one of the most popular products in the world

The unintended consequence of a headache cure invented one of the most popular products in the world

June 2, 2014 10:26 am

Coca Cola is the most famous soft drink in existence and has penetrated almost every corner of the globe. What many do not know that it started as the unintended consequence when someone was attempting to invent a headache cure.…

An innovator may have just cured diabetes with the help of US taxpayers

An innovator may have just cured diabetes with the help of US taxpayers

May 29, 2014 7:03 am

Most people, at least outside of science circles, have never heard of Dr. Taylor Wang, an innovator and the founder of a company called Encapsulife. That may be about to change. According to a recent story in National Review, a device the company has just patented, known broadly as the “Wang Patch,” may provide an effective cure for diabetes, which would create a huge market for an implantable medical device that would alleviate the suffering of millions of Americans and wipe out hundreds of billions of dollars in health care costs.…

Does it count when old ideas become new ideas?

Does it count when old ideas become new ideas?

May 20, 2014 1:42 pm

In the world of innovation, it can be hard to come up with new ideas. It seems like no matter what you think you’ve dreamed up, someone else has had that same dream.…

Four companies who are using innovation to feed the world’s millions

Four companies who are using innovation to feed the world’s millions

May 12, 2014 11:09 am

Innovation is all about significantly improving the world through a new idea or product.  With my move to Colorado and my 35 acre “ranch”, I’ve gotten back into looking at the intersection of innovation and agriculture. Feeding the world’s millions as well as protecting the environment are major areas of concern for both underprivileged and privileged nations.…

Military technology innovations to create the Navy of the future

Military technology innovations to create the Navy of the future

May 5, 2014 9:29 am

It is no secret that a major source of innovation throughout history has been in the military. Researchers are always in the hunt to develop technologies to better wage war and prevail against an enemy.…

Can Over Protecting New Ideas Kill Them?

Can Over Protecting New Ideas Kill Them?

April 28, 2014 7:13 am

Many conceptualize brilliant new ideas as singular products that drop in, seemingly from outer-space. Some call them Aha! Moments, Epiphanies, and Flashes of Insight. Writer Steven Johnson disagrees. In a July 2010 TED Talk, Johnson describes important breakthrough ideas as networks that patch together slowly, sometimes lingering in the backs of minds for decades until the right intersection of circumstances reveals them.…