Rainforest Rev: Innovative Organizations and Design Firms


The Innovative Organization: Learning From Design Firms

Design firms align their innovation processes to discern unarticulated, even unconscious, user needs. Designers generate new ideas based on user insights within an atmosphere of freedom and playfulness. Producing fast and cheap dummy versions to test out concepts means that even when the experiments flop, failures are not negative events but learning experiences. Read more…

Winds Of Change At Dyson

Fast Company
The company’s innovation team comes up with a dozen prototypes, which are modeled and shown off to other engineers every week. The most promising, no matter how seemingly far-fetched, are sent to James Dyson himself. An engineer could work up his prototype and have it in hand by the end of the day.  Then comes the long testing process. Read more…

Why Lego’s CEO Thinks More Grown-Ups Should Play At Work

The Huffington Post
Playfulness is at the root of creativity. Injecting a sense of fun into work situations gives everyone permission to be more authentic and to take risks. Out of that comes greater innovation, more collaboration and richer learning. Read more…

Five Ways To Make Innovation ‘Sticky’

The Brookings Institution
Unfortunately, America’s ability to capture the benefits of the domestic scale-up of U.S. technology innovation remains spotty.  Making innovation sticky depends on strengthening local ecosystems. Read more…

Are Big Cities Still A Primary Engine For Scientific Innovation?

National Public Radio
Groups of people who are thinking about similar things – when they get together, they’re much more productive than if they were not together. A new analysis from Stanford University suggests that, when it comes to invention and to scientific innovation, it’s not as important as it used to be. Read more…


Michigan State University Business Librarian Book Report

Northern Lakes Economic Alliance
If you are going to create new products or services, then The Rainforest Blueprint is insightful in helping you to conceptualize the goal of developing innovation capability and to plan the steps to carry it out. Read more…

Global Cities 2015: The Race Accelerates 

A.T. Kearney
Sixteen global cities dominate with their ability to attract and retain global capital, people, and ideas, as well as their future prospects. New York, London, Paris and San Francisco lead in the latest research. Read more…

Iran’s Digital Start-Ups Signal Changing Times

Western business people returning to Iran in the wake of the nuclear deal may be surprised to find plenty of entrepreneurial drive from a new generation of online start-ups, which have appeared despite years of international sanctions. Read more…

Santiago’s Startup Culture In ‘Chilecon Valley’

The Wall Street Journal
Start-Up Chile in Santiago provides entrepreneurs with $40,000 and a six-month residency visa to launch their businesses. The government aims to turn the city into Latin America’s innovation and tech hub. Read more…

Rainforest Rev: Five Character Traits Of Innovation Leaders


Five Character Traits Of Innovation Leaders

Henry Doss, Chief Strategy Officer of T2 Venture Creation, from Forbes
The most powerful driver of discovery is transparency.  Look around your own organization. Where you see silos, you’ll see information hoards. Work for the love of change and improvement, rather than for what you get for yourself. As a leader of innovation, you may find your concern for the future to be a lonely spot.  Stay there. Read more here.

Using Emergence To Take Social Innovations To Scale

The Berkana Institute 
When separate, local efforts connect with each other as networks, then strengthen as communities of practice, suddenly and surprisingly a new system emerges at a greater level of scale. Emergence is how life creates radical change and takes things to scale. Read more here.

Digital Taylorism

The Economist
Frederick Taylor was the most influential management guru of the early 20th century. His “Principles of Scientific Management” was the first management blockbuster. A modern version of “scientific management” threatens to dehumanise the workplace. Read more here.

From Big Gods To The Big Brother

How did humans acquire capacity for cooperation in huge anonymous societies? Ara Norenzayan’s Big Gods: How Religion Transformed Cooperation and Conflict, argues that Big Gods offer the ability to detect and punish immoral behavior. In modern societies we have all-to-real cops, judges, and IRS agents to do the job. Read more here.


12th Global Innovation Forum Opens In Daejeon

Korea Times
T2VC’s CEO, Victor Hwang, gave a keynote speech in Korea last week. “Sixty-five percent of startups fail due to people issues. For this reason, there is a need for an evolution of design thinking. Overcome fear with trust. Trust the group you’re with”. Read more here.

Kenya: A startup Nation?

Kenya’s Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, and its ICT Authority, jointly announced the launch of the Enterprise Kenya initiative – intended to improve the environment for technology entrepreneurs – in a bid to support local innovation and entrepreneurship. Read more here.

India Replaces China As Next Big Frontier For U.S. Tech Companies

The New York Times
India is now the world’s fastest growing major economy. The increasing appeal of India is underscored by India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi’s commitment to technology. Read more here.

To Whom Do Japan’s Most Powerful Turn For Advice? The Sensei Of Seaweed

The Wall Street Journal
The traditional business values in Japan, where long-term success and social cohesion are often favored over short-term profitability. Companies have to keep growing little by little, even if the pace is slow, rather than expanding and contracting erratically. Read more here.

Rainforest Rev: Understanding Noise and Steve Jobs


Innovation Is The Art Of Understanding Noise And Signal

Henry Doss, Chief Strategy Officer of T2 Venture Creation, from Forbes
Looking at data solely through the lens of prediction is almost certain to distort understanding and insight. When prediction is the most powerful force driving your leadership decisions, certainty becomes your primary currency, above all others. Information then becomes the place you go to hunt for things to support what you have very likely already decided is true or important, rather than what you might discover to be true or important. Read more here.

Get Your Lab Coat: 3 Innovation Tips From a World Bank Science Expert

The Huffington Post
To model something is a way to approach complex problems. Then, you break things down and simplify. You can reuse parts of ideas and don’t need to reinvent a new concept. You can reuse those parts as the basis of your new business. Also, scientific skepticism can balance out an entrepreneur’s passion. Read more here.

The Competitive Power of Counterintuitive Thinking

The Wall Street Journal
To understand Silicon Valley, perhaps it’s best to start with this quote from Steve Jobs: “creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while.” In joining the dots, entrepreneurs and innovators recognize new product ideas that at first glance seem counterintuitive. But upon reflection, these ideas become obvious, commonplace. Read more here.

The New Science of Intentional Change

This View of Life
The planetary limits have been reached and economic growth threatens our very existence if we don’t change our dominant cultural paradigm.  The great challenge of this epoch is planetary stabilization. Read more here.

Did the internet prevent all invention from moving to one place?

The diffusion of the internet has had varying effects on the location of economic activity, leading to both increases and decreases in geographic concentration. Some argue that the internet worked against increasing concentration in invention. This relationship is particularly strong for inventions with more than one inventor, and when inventors live in different cities. Read more here.


Start-up city

The Economist
Paris is changing. The young are no longer drawn to corporate life. Unemployment among graduates is 10%. Successful entrepreneurs and investors now show what is possible. Finally, the Socialist government, which once whacked entrepreneurs with taxes, has changed. Read more here.

With a clear vision, proposed tech corridor can happen

Albuquerque Journal
An internationally known urban planning architecture firm is recruited by the University of New Mexico’s Robert Frank and engaged primarily by UNM, but also by the city to help chart its course to the creation of a vibrant new urban technology corridor. This firm is adopting the “Rainforest” framework in its design of the new urban technology corridor. Read more here.

2015 Crossroads Report

A new report came out about Australia and its opportunity to transition from an economy based on resources, primary industries and domestically focused businesses to one based on high-growth knowledge-intensive businesses. Read more here.

Rainforest Rev: Innovation Begins And Ends In Idealism


Innovation Begins And Ends In Idealism

By Henry Doss, Chief Strategy Officer of T2 Venture Creation, from Forbes 
Innovation is found in idealism, in the notion that we all live and work — and prosper — when we are focused on making the world a better place. Innovation comes from the ability to bring together seemingly contradictory or conflicting points of view and approaches to the world. Read more here.

What if the Key to Job Creation is Baseball?

By Mark Newberg, Advisor to T2 Venture Creation, from The Huffington Post
A new way to measure how many jobs, above a baseline, any particular investment or initiative might be expected to produce. Similar to baseball’s Wins Above Replacement, or WAR. Read more here.

Building an Innovation Ecosystem: A peek beneath the canopy

By Evan Haines on LinkedIn
Make unwritten rules of creative cultures clear to new and existing members and ensure that they foster the right kinds of behaviors. Create or encourage the formation of communities where trust prevails over negative social pressure that buries innovative thinking. Read more here.

The Coase Lecture: Hubbard Applies Physics to Law and Economics

The University Of Chicago Law School
A professor equates neoclassical economics to Newtonian mechanics, the set of physical laws that describe motion at a macro level but doesn’t hold true at the nano level, and behavioral economics to quantum mechanics, which deals with physical phenomena at the less predictable nano level. Read more here.

Hayek and Business Management

Arnold Kling blog
Government often tilts the scale in favor of large organizations. The high fixed cost of regulatory compliance is one factor. Government has been a key customer in industries like aerospace, information technology, and finance. Read more here.


Cambodia: From Battlefield to Global Marketplace

Today Cambodia is one of the most open economies in Asia, where starting a business is relatively easy and foreign-owned firms can operate without a local partner. Read more here.

Tech Start-Ups in India Attract Big Name Investors, and Money

The New York Times
Intense interest from prominent investors is helping to drive eye-popping valuations among Indian tech start-ups. Read more here.

The rising number of female Egyptian entrepreneurs

Two key reasons behind the rise of female Egyptian entrepreneurs are a lack of public sector jobs, and continuing discrimination in the private sector job market. Read more here.

Rainforest Rev: Architecting the Invisible to Create a Culture of Innovation

The Rainforest Revolution

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Architecting the Invisible: Creating a Culture of Innovation

By Greg Horowitt, Chief Evangelist and Co-Founder of T2 Venture Creation, from TEDxSanDiego
What does it take to solve problems in the world? It’s your imagination, because often the knowledge to solve a challenge doesn’t yet exist. Innovation requires experimentation and iteration. It is human-centric. New beliefs lead to new behaviors, which lead to better actions and outcomes. Read more here.


Why Big Business Fails At Innovation

By Henry Doss, Chief Strategy Officer of T2 Venture Creation, from Forbes 
Big businesses are constrained by technology, regulatory environment, capital, and risk.  But it’s not these real-world constraints that inhibit innovation. It’s business culture. The engineering of an innovation culture requires a framework that provides a common language, a common set of beliefs, and a common set of meaningful, leading cultural indicators. Read more here.


Some Teams Are Smarter Than Others 

The New York Times
Team intelligence is determined not necessarily by IQ, but by high levels of communication, shared participation, and the ability to appreciate each others’ emotions.  Finally, teams with more women outperformed teams with more men. Read more here.


What States Need To Do To Grow Their Advanced Industries 

GE Ideas Lab
To spur advanced-industry growth, states must first create the platform. With federal research dollars scaling back, states need to invest in basic science, applied research and technology commercialization. The states must do this with an eye toward building on their distinctive strengths. Read more here.


Policy Visualisation Network

Public Sector Innovation
Narrative tells you what your visualisation should be, and how it should flow. Visualisation can help get the attention of decision-makers, and give them a better feel for the underlying story that the data is trying to tell. Design thinking can be used to assist visualisation.  Read more here.




A STEM Workforce Strategy for Nevada and Beyond

Brookings Institution
The strategy which focuses on higher-tech growth industries has begun to pay off. However, the growth in several of Nevada’s target sectors—especially IT, health and medical services, and advanced manufacturing—is already taxing the state’s supply of workers. Too few Nevadans have the requisite skills to secure available positions. Read more here.


Latin America’s Newest Experiment in Tearing Down Trade Barriers

Small and medium businesses in Latin America are benefiting from a new visa zone tying together Mexico, Colombia, Peru, and Chile. The zone is a regional economic bloc called the Pacific Alliance.  It includes what many consider to be the most open and successful economies in the region. Their aim is to turn Latin America’s Pacific Rim states into an economic club following the spirit of the European Union. Read more here.


Barcelona: FDI Magnet

IESE Insight
Barcelona has proven itself to be a magnet for foreign direct investment (FDI). It has good quality of life, a well-qualified and low-cost work force, and developing business ecosystems. Read more here.




Global Innovation Week 

February 15 to February 21, 2015
Silicon Valley, CA

Global Innovation Week is a Silicon Valley-wide festival celebrating the entrepreneurial spirit.  More than 20 organizations are hosting events for 1,000 attendees. 50 countries are expected. Interested in hosting your own event? Apply here.


Startup Grind 2015

February 9 to February 11, 2015
Redwood City, CA

Startup Grind is a global community of entrepreneurs with monthly events hosted in over 150 cities and 60 countries. The mission is to help educate, connect, inspire, and mentor entrepreneurs. The annual flagship event, Startup Grind 2015, will host a main stage full of world-class entrepreneurs, investors and thought leaders. Register here with a 10% discount.