latest newsletter from T2 – Rainforest Rev: Sustainable Innovation and Do You Want the Impossible?Posted: November 13, 2013
The Latest News on Innovation Ecosystems – How Do We Create Innovative Environments in Companies, Communities and Countries?
THE BIG PICTURE
Six Lessons for Sustainable Innovation
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.
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