Six Practices of Successful Innovators

Innovations surround us.  Things we enjoy and rely on everyday are thanks to successful innovators.  These are people who had an idea and, through hard work and creativity, turned it into an amazing innovation.  In what ways did these people think differently? What practices made them successful? Many factors come into play to bring an […]

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My TEDx Talk: Do you have Impostor Syndrome … too?

TEDx Boulder September 2018

What happens when you share the secret that has been feeding your impostor syndrome for more than 25 years? In this TEDx talk, I share a secret that I kept hidden for 25 years and the result of that secret being revealed on the front page of a national newspaper. Through this journey, I was forced […]

Phil McKinney talk on Impostor Syndrome at TEDx Boulder 2018

Inspiring Innovation: A 5 Minute Challenge

A New Short-Form Podcast: 5 Minutes To New Ideas

Inspiring innovation seems more like an art than any kind of skill or science. The sudden spark that results in an exciting new idea seems random – like it came out of the blue. Studies have shown what seems random was actually inspired by something your did, read or saw in the past. Inspiring Innovation […]

New Podcast 5 Minutes To New Ideas with Phil Mckinney

The Story Behind Smart Roadways May Surprise You

Need is the best driver of amazing innovations. The planet’s environment struggles with its resource limits. The need to be sustainable grows. Cities grow in size building the need for smart transportation.  At the intersection of sustainable and urban growth, amazing innovations reshape the way we get around and how we care for our planet. […]

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How to Deal with Creative Burnout

Have you found yourself facing the impossible task of innovating another element for your business? Does your normally creative effort somehow seem like a chore? These are some of the signs that you may be facing creative burnout, a very real form of mental exhaustion caused by constant stress or psychological strain. In innovation, its […]

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What Is Hot and Not For Innovations at CES 2018

Annual CES Predictions for 2018

Each year for the last decade or so, we put together a list of what will be the hot innovations for the coming year. This year, I’ve included what I think will be the innovations that will be over-hyped in 2018. so – here is my view of what will hot and not for innovations […]

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8 Spinoffs Of NASA Innovations Impacting Your Everyday Life

Back in March, I covered some of my favorite spinoff  NASA innovations in this post. There, you will read about Ventricular Assistance Devices, highway grooving, memory foam, and water purification. It turns out that a number of readers of this blog are fans of NASA innovations and the impact they have had on our daily lives. […]

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Government Innovations: Past, Present, and Future

The world is moving forward. Some countries get left behind, while some move ahead. The deciding factor is not which country has the most intelligent residents. There has, in fact, been example after example of people of all different nationalities creating impactful innovations. The deciding factor, in actuality, is the support innovative individuals and businesses […]

10 Colleges That Offer Innovation Majors

Innovation is currently one of the most sought-after qualities in business. Yet it’s also elusive. How do you encourage innovative and creative thinking in yourself and others? One approach is to study it in college. Yes, there are now colleges and universities that offer degree programs that award innovation majors. Here are 10 colleges where […]

8 High Schoolers Who Are Inventing The Future

The play instinct is something that everyone is born with. From a young age we want to explore, create, and have fun. However, some people become very good at honing this skill, at playing and fiddling so creatively that they develop revolutionary technologies. Sometimes these discoveries can come later in life, but many times it […]