A new post on Fast Co. Design pushes back against the notion of innovation as impossible to control without stifling. As part of a larger conversation around the value of innovation consultants, the author argues:
just as every organization is different, there is no single model for how a…
Plenty of blogs devoted to innovation promise to help your company become more innovative. Some focus on the academics and theory of innovation and some are written by entrepreneurs who have been there. Here are our favorites.
When you gather as many high-profile individuals as Davos does, it’s not surprising that the subject of leadership itself would come up. The Guardian has a nice profile of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s attempts to bring more women into the upper echelons of both the tech business and the wider…
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Start-Up Innovation Leads to Increased Understanding of Sports Trauma
This high-tech mouth guard, developed by tech start-up X2Impact, will save athletes’ lives with its ability to measure head trauma. Football Injuries: Measuring the Blow, appearing in Bloomberg Businessweek, will show you how.
“But the media is actually like a triathlon, with three different events: people like to consume, but they also like to produce, and to share. We’ve always enjoyed all three of those activities but until recently, broadcast media rewarded only one of them.”—Cognitive Surplus: How Technology Makes Consumers into Collaborators by Clay Shirky (via lynnieosu)
“The long run of economic history shows that irrational pessimism is wrong just as often as irrational exuberance, if not more so…the historical record shows that during hard times entrepreneurs are busily creating the wealth of the future.”—
Over the past few years I’ve had an uncomfortable sense that someone, or something, has been tinkering with my brain, remapping the neural circuitry, reprogramming the memory… . what the Net seems to be doing is chipping away my capacity for concentration and contemplation. My mind now expects to take in information the way the Net distributes it: in a swiftly moving stream of particles.
With one Atlantic article, Nick Carr made it fashionable to vent about the internet’s effects on our brains and lives.
Actually, it was fashionable long before Carr’s article. And pessimism about new technologies started long before that. It began at least a couple of thousand years ago, when ancient Greeks like Socrates worried that the innovation of writing would ruin memories and the knowledge they house, which had always been passed on orally.
A good point and one we’ve noticed but not voiced. Do you worry about the effect of brilliant technology making all humanity, well, dumber? Or do you think it’s just irresistible for humans to fear the new?
“The opposite of play isn’t work. It’s depression.”
When we’re depressed, according to the clinical definition, we suffer from two things: a pessimistic sense of inadequacy and a despondent lack of activity. If we were to reverse these two traits, we’d get something like this: an optimistic sense of our own capabilities and an invigorating rush of activity. There’s no clinical psychological term that describes this positive condition. But it’s a perfect description of the emotional state of gameplay. A game is an opportunity to focus our energy, with relentless optimism, at something we’re good at (or getting better at) and enjoy. In other words, gameplay is a direct emotional opposite of depression.
Reality is Broken: Why games make us better and how they can change the world by Jane McGonigal (via peekadora)
With all the reasons to be pessimistic about the state of economic and geopolitical affairs today, it’s sometimes helpful to balance with reasons to be optimistic. Mainstream media never fails to remind us of the reasons to be pessimistic, such as: