Problems In Need Of Solving: Where To Start?

problems are opportunities that need solving

Why do innovators focus time and energy on developing solutions before they’ve identified the problem? Innovation starts by spending time to understand the problem before solving the problem. What Are Problems?  The dictionary defines the word problem as a state of discord or disharmony involving doubt, uncertainty, or difficulty. A problem is a question that […]

The False Theory of Idea Scarcity

one idea out of many

“The world has a limited amount of resources.” While there are many resources that are finite, some believe there is a finite number of ideas. But, in reality, this theory of idea scarcity is a myth. When an idea creates the spark that leads to something new being created, it takes the place of something […]

Be Willing To Be Weird

ITU Commencement Speech - May 2017

Below is the video and transcript for my commencement speech at ITU last month. The topic of the speech was on the entanglement of fear, failure and conformity. To be successful, we all must be willing to be weird. Be different. Use our creativity to win in the emerging creative economy. Note: The following transcript […]

Innovation by Design: When Bad Designs Lead To Failed Innovations

Innovation is a process. It’s not just an idea that turns into a revolutionary product and changes the world. It takes work, trial and error, and most of all, design. Design can be the difference between a product, service, or experience that alters the way people live, and something that is forgotten quicker than it […]

3 Businesses Creating Killer Innovations By Design

Creating solutions for problems is innovation at its core. However, as Einstein said, these solutions require thinking on a different level or in a different way. Sometimes this “different level” is referred to as “thinking outside of the box.” Unfortunately, this gives people the misconception that innovation can only be achieved by the most creative […]

8 Bad Habits That Impact Your Creativity

Learning to think creatively is a critical part of creating change within your industry that could go on to change the world. If you’ve been chugging along using the same routine you’ve always used and stumbling past opportunities to be creative, make sure that you aren’t engaging in these eight bad habits that will negatively […]

10 Ways to Unleash Your Creativity Today

If you want to make your business as innovative as possible, you need lots of creativity and ingenuity. But how do you harness these qualities? Many people struggle to come up with creative new ideas or to think in untraditional ways. Here are some clear and actionable techniques to unleash your creativity in business and […]

Innovation in the Classroom: Why Education Needs to Be More Innovative

Education is the foundation of our economy. What (and how) we learn in school determines who we become as individuals and our success throughout our lives. It informs how we solve problems, how we work with others, and how we look at the world around us. In today’s innovation economy, education becomes even more important […]

The Future of Innovation: Where Creativity Meets Data

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle developed one of the most creative fictional characters of all time, a character that inspires remake after remake in movies, television shows, and books. People can’t get enough of Sherlock Holmes. But the reason that Doyle was able to captivate audiences with Holmes is because of his research and data. He […]