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Walking the Tightrope on the Innovation Bell Curve

Are you walking the tightrope?<p>Breakthrough innovation typically starts at the edges of the bell curve in the challenge of a crisis or the prospect of an outstanding opportunity. This is because the risk of deviating from the standard way of doing things and the reward of taking a chance on …

A Helmet That Turns Your Brainwaves Into Electronic Music

By outfitting a motorcycle helmet with an EEG device, artist Aiste Noreikaite has created a way to turn firing neurons into heady beats.<p>From the outside, the <i>Experience Helmet</i>, made by Lithuanian sound artist Aiste Noreikaite, looks like any old white motorcycle helmet. But put it on, and you become …

Where Disruptive Innovation Came From

After a long and successful run, the theory of disruptive innovation has come under attack of late. Last year, <i>The New Yorker</i> published a piece by Jill Lepore, a history professor at Harvard, attacking the whole idea as overblown and based on shoddy scholarship. In a recent <i>Sloan Management Review</i> …

Greek woman saves a Syrian man lost at sea for 13 hours | CNN Travel

(CNN) — Sandra Tsiligeridu was cruising back to the Greek holiday island of Kos with family and friends last Thursday when she spotted something out of place in the sea up ahead.<p>A pair of hands appeared to be waving at her from the deep-blue waters of the Aegean Sea.<p>Maybe it was a diver; maybe it …

Design Thinking Comes of Age

There’s a shift under way in large organizations, one that puts design much closer to the center of the enterprise. But the shift isn’t about aesthetics. It’s about applying the principles of design to the way people work.<p>This new approach is in large part a response to the increasing complexity of …

To create for the ages, let's combine art and engineering

When Bran Ferren was just 9, his parents took him to see the Pantheon in Rome — and it changed everything. In that moment, he began to understand how …

Engineering

Peter Diamandis

Three Ways Innovation Can Keep Your Brand Relentlessly Relevant

Earlier this month, we introduced the four pillars needed to build a relentlessly relevant brand, and explored the first tenet—customer …

Innovation

Top 10 Companies Pushing Innovation In Digital Health

There are many reasons why the digital technologies hope to improve patient care as well as the state of healthcare itself. They include improving …

Digital Health

Is Innovation More About People or Process?

What’s more critical to producing a breakthrough innovation – finding creative people or finding creative ideas? This is a question Pixar head Ed Catmull has asked a great many people, and he says they tend to be pretty much split on it 50/50.<p>This astonished Catmull. Fresh off eight blockbuster …

The Acceleration of Acceleration: How The Future Is Arriving Far Faster Than Expected

*This article co-written with author Ken Goffman.<p>One of the things that happens when you write books about the future is you get to watch your predictions fail. This is nothing new, of course, but what’s different this time around is the direction of those failures.<p>Used to be, folks were way too …

Singularity

Is blue ocean strategy about diversifying beyond one’s core business?

No. People tend to think that to create a blue ocean and break out of the red, organizations must venture into industries outside their core. But …

An Exercise to Get Your Team Thinking Differently About the Future

Thinking about the future is hard, mainly because we are glued to the present. Daniel Kahneman, the Nobel Prize-winning economist and author of <i>Thinking, Fast and Slow</i>, observed that decision makers get stuck in a memory loop and can only predict the future as a reflection of the past. He labels …

Five Signs Your Business Needs Disrupting

Kill some rules; stop cutting costs<p>By WSJ. Custom Studios for GE Capital<p>It’s often said that the first rule of disruption is disrupt, or be disrupted. That’s easy to say, but how do you know when it’s time to shake up your business before some other company shakes up your whole industry? Here are …

How to Consistently Raise Your Own Bar for Success

<i>Meghan Cast is the VP of Marketing at Threadflip.</i><p>The phrase, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” was coined in 1977 by Bert Lance; however a little shy of 30 years later, we are in a digital age where technology and innovation make change a necessity for continued success and relevance.<p>Today, …

Baby's Necklace Could End Up Being A Lifesaver

Meet Vikram. He's that cute baby in the picture above. Now, take a closer look at his neckwear.<p>It's traditional for newborns in northern India to wear a black thread necklace as a symbol of good health and good fortune, but Vikram's got a high-tech version. The round pendant on the string is a …

How marketers will win: Six marketing visionaries describe how in five years marketing will be transformed

<b>Seth Godin:</b> Nobody's in charge of everyone. Even the CEO. Influence is way more important than authority.<p>The first half of the answer is that you …

Marketing

Bureaucracy Must Die

Almost 25 years ago in the pages of <i>HBR</i>, C.K. Prahalad and I urged managers to think in a different way about the building blocks of competitive success. We argued that a business should be seen as a portfolio of “core competencies” as well as a portfolio of products. By building and nurturing deep, …

The Search for Exceptional Genomes - MIT Technology Review

Ten years ago, scientists discovered that some people are naturally missing working copies of a gene known as PCSK9. The consequences of the mutation …

Genetics

Build an Innovation Engine in 90 Days

Practically every company innovates. But few do so in an orderly, reliable way. In far too many organizations, the big breakthroughs happen despite the company. Successful innovations typically follow invisible development paths and require acts of individual heroism or a heavy dose of serendipity. …

The Path To Successful Digital Transformation Starts With Pockets Of Innovation

I’ve been hearing about “Digital Transformation” for a couple of years now, and as I’ve wandered the halls of Web Summit this week in Dublin, I’ve heard lots of talk about how companies must transform and change the way they approach development and IT, while searching for innovative ways of doing …

Cleveland Clinic uses IBM's Watson in the cloud to fight cancer

The Cleveland Clinic is beginning a pilot program with a cloud service based on IBM's Watson cognitive computing technology to aid its research into …

Cognitive Computing

Google[x] Reveals Nano Pill To Seek Out Cancerous Cells

Detecting cancer could be as easy as popping a pill in the near future. Google’s head of life sciences, Andrew Conrad, took to the stage at the Wall Street Journal Digital conference to reveal that the tech giant’s secretive Google[x] lab has been working on a wearable device that couples with …

Digital Ubiquity: How Connections, Sensors, and Data Are Revolutionizing Business

For more than a century General Electric made most of its revenue by selling industrial hardware and repair services. But in recent years GE was at increasing risk of losing many of its top customers to nontraditional competitors—IBM and SAP on the one hand, and big-data start-ups on the other. …

The Sectors Where the Internet of Things Really Matters

The Internet of Things is emerging as the third wave in the development of the internet. While the fixed internet that grew up in the 1990s connected 1 billion users via PCs, and the mobile internet of the 2000s connected 2 billion users via smartphones (on its way to 6 billion), the IoT is …

How a Wiki Is Keeping Direct-to-Consumer Genetics Alive - MIT Technology Review

When Meg DeBoe decided to tap her Christmas fund to order a $99 consumer DNA test from 23andMe last year, she was disappointed: it arrived with no …

Molecular Biology

Disrupting Healthcare – When Devices Replace Medicine

Doctors today are constantly selling.<p>No, it didn’t start out that way, but a system has evolved that richly rewards members of the physician’s food …