latest newsletter from T2 – Rainforest Rev: Sustainable Innovation and Do You Want the Impossible?

Global Innovation Summit early bird deadline is rapidly approaching.  Don’t wait to be a part of an electric few days that will challenge the status quo and make you look at things entirely differently as we celebrate the rise of the world’s innovation ecosystems.  
The deadline for early bird registration is Friday, November 22, 2013.  Register by this deadline and receive 25% to 40% off the registration fee!  To get your invitation to register for this exclusive event visit  This year the Summit is February 17-19, 2014 and is part of an exciting week of activities in the Silicon Valley with numerous companies hosting ancillary events through Feb 21st.

The Latest News on Innovation Ecosystems – How Do We Create Innovative Environments in Companies, Communities and Countries?

Six Lessons for Sustainable Innovation

IESE Insight
Collaboration in innovation takes many forms. A common model is the triple helix, which refers to the triad of business, academia and government. The quadruple helix adds media- and culture-based perspectives, which may come in the form of civil society actors, many of whom actively design their own services, providing critical input at key stages in the innovation process. Other innovation models, such as user-centered design and open innovation, have also gained traction, particularly in corporate circles.  In the analysis of these various innovation models, the study finds that no single approach dominates yet key features of each may offer a powerful lens to examine future sustainable living. Read more here.
If You Want The Impossible, Just Ask For It
By Henry Doss, Chief Strategy Officer of T2 Venture Creation, from Forbes
We are wired to achieve, it seems, and calling out to that inner drive is what may distinguish the innovative, dynamic organization from the staid, somber one. The audacity to ask for the impossible — the urgent –  will create effort that is totally disproportional to the likelihood of individual reward.  When we are engaged with something that occurs as bigger than ourselves as individuals, some genuine cultural magic occurs: 1) Organizational Barriers Go Away 2) Urgency Eliminates Silliness 3) Speed Encourages Risk 4) Judgment Becomes Critique. Read more here.

Three Creativity Challenges from IDEO’s Leaders

Harvard Business Review
How to push yourself to think divergently? Mindmaps are a powerful way to overcome fear of the blank page, look for patterns, explore a subject, come up with truly innovative ideas, record their evolution so you can trace back in search of new insights, and communicate your thought processes to others. While lists help you capture the thoughts you already have, mindmaps help to generate wildly new ones.  Another way to be creative is to observe human behavior.  Synthesize your observation and research by creating an “empathy map”. Read more here.

Is Creativity Endangered? Work Has Changed; Management Should
The New York Times
Companies should nurture both this mind-set and the more goal-oriented strategic creativity. One recommendation is to avoid dilution of individual creativity. It’s popular to use group brainstorming, but many heads are not necessarily better than one. Many heads often reduce creativity by producing group-think. Give individuals space to create, with well-defined goals. Then use the group to build on those ideas and to improvise. Read more here.
3 ways to build a better city
Developing a world-class city often involves creating a healthy entrepreneurial ecosystem. New studies from McKinsey and the National League of Cities, both reveal ways in which local governments and leaders aren’t waiting for national policies to change, but are taking matters into their own hands to build cities with sustainable models that will promote ongoing growth. Read more here.

The five contradictory reasons Silicon Valley’s success won’t be replicated elsewhere
Silicon Valley Business Journal
Silicon Valley is a meritocracy for people who have executed something, and compared to other places, there’s definitely a focus on equality.  Accenture’s research found that IT professionals in Silicon Valley are simultaneously: 1) Laid-back, yet driven for speed 2) Committed, yet independent 3) Competitive, yet cooperative 4) Pragmatic, yet optimistic 5) Extrinsically motivated. Money motivates people, but their fulfillment comes from being recognized for their creativity and innovation. Read more here.

Building Innovation Ecosystems in Porto Alegre, Brazil 
YouTube video
Porto Alegre has a rich base of resources: high quality universities, great companies and talented people.  But the people seemed disconnected from one another – the “invisible infrastructure”  of the community is missing.  It’s the culture and how people behave that make the difference. People need to trust one another and work across diverse groups of people. The system needs to design opportunities for serendipity to happen. People can bump into one another and form new ideas easily.  Watch video here.
Innovation in Iraq Context
Iraq STI – Iraq Science, Technology and Innovation Blog 
The existing national innovation ecosystem in Iraq lacks several basic and important components. The relationship between economic firms and research organizations need to be strengthened and new modes of coöperation have to be developed. Improving the innovation system in Iraq will have an important impact on economic activity and will help in implementing two important goals of Iraq development, economic diversification and job creation. Read more here.
Silicon Savannah 
Africa has an abundance of natural resources, a rising middle class, a deep penetration of mobile phones and, in another 20 years, it will have the largest concentration of young people on Earth. This continent is about to explode economically. IBM is opening a new technology center in Nairobi, it will beckons the African diaspora. Read more here.

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