Killer Ideas

By Phil McKinney | A collection of killer (breakthrough - game-changing - rule-breaking) ideas that will unleash personal creativity.

25 Examples of A.I. That Will Seem Normal in 2027

In the last ten years, artificial intelligence has changed the world in subtle but sweeping ways, but it’s got nothing on the coming decade, if you …

Machine Learning

What China Can Teach the West About Innovation

China is fast transitioning from low-cost manufacturing to a higher value, innovation-led economy. This brief on this transition is based the recent book “Created in China”, which was released in Chinese (Citic, Beijing, February 2017). We look at the a) metrics of innovation and b) patterns …

Innovation

7 Hacks For Maximizing Your Creativity In The Morning

Ah, that elusive creative spark. It often seems like just when you need it the most, it’s the hardest to find.<p>It can show up without warning (often …

Creativity

Why Malcolm Gladwell, Seth Godin, Google, and a Harvard Expert Say Colleges and Universities Are Broken

They aren't just complaining. They're offering alternatives.<p>Malcolm Gladwell couldn't be more clear in his podcast about a school ranked by some as the number one liberal arts college:<p>There's only one solution. If you're looking at liberal arts colleges, don't go to Bowdoin. Don't let your kids go …

Education

Who needs brainstorming? Brainwriting gets way more ideas, this prof says

There’s a better way than a brainstorm to get creative thinking out of your team, says Leigh Thompson, professor at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She teaches teamwork and negotiation to aspiring company leaders and explains techniques that she says are scientifically …

Creativity

7 Simple Ways To Nurture Your Children’s Creativity At Home

Creativity — using our imagination to come up with ideas or make something new — is one of the most valuable qualities human beings can have. …

Creativity

Questions & Empathy Card Deck: Part game, part self-reflection tool, this set aims to make individuals and groups see things from another angle

After launching their "Applied Empathy" speaker series in spring of 2016, the team at Sub Rosa found themselves being asked by attendees if the cards used to guide the discussions were available for purchase. These items, now known as Questions & Empathy cards, break down the seven archetypes of …

Empathy

20 Positive Thinking Quotes to Help You Deal With the Sunday Night Blues

What does your Sunday evening routine look like?<p>If you’re like most people, it involves savouring the last relaxing hours before dreading the Monday …

Motivation

Why Some People Are More Creative Than Others

Would you label yourself a creative person? Do you think creativity is something we are born with? Creativity is more than the simple left versus …

Creativity

4 Innovation Lessons From Albert Einstein

Einstein was truly a genius, but he was also much more.<p>When we think of Albert Einstein, we inevitably conjure up images of the icon rather than the man. We see Einstein with his wild hair and his tongue sticking out or Einstein as a playful old man, riding a bicycle. We remember his cheerful …

Physics

How a Decision Journal Changed the Way I make Decisions (Template Included)

People often ask me how they can improve their ability to make decisions over time. This question makes a lot of sense. After all, in most knowledge …

25+ Online Art Classes to Take Your Creativity to New Heights This Week

If you’re looking to boost your creativity and learn new skills, then instructor-led classes are a great way to do so. Learning a completely new medium, for instance, can alter your artistic path in ways you never thought possible. Or, by becoming acquainted with software, you can streamline parts …

Learning

3 Things Smart Parents Do to Raise Really Creative Kids

American creativity and IQ scores have consistently declined since 1990. It's time to do something about that.<p>These days, creativity seems to be all that counts. With every industry turning towards more creative, innovative approaches and more "thinking outside the box," it makes sense that parents …

Creativity

The next generation of jobs won’t be made up of professions

To prepare for the future, we need to shift from thinking about jobs and careers to thinking about challenges and problems, reports Alina Dizik.<p>When Jean-Philippe Michel, a Toronto-based career coach, works with secondary school students, he doesn’t use the word profession. Neither does he focus on …

Innovation

We're Entering A New Era of Mass Collaboration

In a networked world, the best way to become a dominant player is to be an indispensable partner<p>In 1991, Linus Torvalds released the Linux kernel on the web and invited anyone who wanted to download, use and modify it. In an amazingly short time, a community built up around Torvalds' initial code …

Innovation

Why creativity will drive the next industrial revolution

Growth in the first industrial revolution was driven by engineering, the second through electricity and production lines, and the third by technology …

Manufacturing

How to Innovate for the Next 100 Years

Focus on the customer, have a passion to create great products, and solve big problems in big markets.<p>Entrepreneurs doing VC pitching are providing solutions to a problem they solve in a market. When you are really good at entrepreneurship, you begin to see how things that are not even close to …

Innovation

Yes, you should tell everyone about your failures

What’s so great about boldly celebrating our worst blunders? A lot, it turns out. A look inside the movement to bring failure way out in the open.<p><b>Warning: This article contains strong language that may offend some readers.</b><p>After four months and seven interviews, Adriano Destro got the bad news: he …

Mexico City

The Real Reason Your Employees Can't Innovate

CEOs talk incessantly about innovation.<p>They want innovation, but they can’t get it. Their teams disappoint them by failing to come up with big, out-of-the-box ideas at the rate the CEO is looking for.<p>CEOs who get upset by their team’s inability to innovate are blind to the reality that the …

Innovation

Creative People Have Better-Connected Brains, Scans Reveal

Is creativity wired into us?<p>Highly creative people have more neural connections between the left and right sides of their brains, researchers have …

The Brain

9 ways to make your boss fall in love with your ideas

Have you ever had a new idea? And have you ever tried to convince your boss to give that new idea a go? Was it met with open arms - or crushed by a raised eyebrow, stalled by a request for a business case or met with a negative “that’s not how we do things here”?<p>For most of us - regardless of …

fall in love

10 New Rules For Brainstorming Without Alienating Introverts

Try this revolving-door policy for your next brainstorm, by letting introverts come and go when they please.<p>The brainstorm is beloved by some and dreaded by many. We live in a world that offers choice for everything from styles of coffee to TV shows to TVs themselves. But when it comes to …

Introverts

Influence 2.0 – The Future of Influencer Marketing Research Report 2017

What does “influencer marketing” mean to you? Are you thinking of celebrities posting product photos to Instagram? Or having a famous YouTuber run a …

Digital Marketing

6 Characteristics of an Innovative Leader

Are you sometimes confused about what type of leader you are or what type of leader you should be? You're not alone -- but you can discover how to be a better leader by following this expert's advice.<p><i>The following excerpt is from Glenn Llopis’s book</i> The Innovation Mentality<i>. Buy it now from</i> Amazon …

Leadership

How to define your Minimum Viable Product?

Minimum Viable Product, or if I say<p>Minimum Buy-able product.<p>Sounds good ?<p>If not lets go deeper with what it actually means.<p><b>Minimum viable product is</b> …

Product Management

A new boss ponders the past and future of the fabled Xerox PARC

Few executives have moved into new jobs as freighted with history as Tolga Kurtoglu. When he became chief executive of Xerox PARC on Jan. 10, he inherited the legacy of one of Silicon Valley’s most revered institutions.<p>The Xerox Palo Alto Research Center is the birthplace of personal computing, the …

This Is How A Finnish Education Platform Will Scale Innovation For The Next 100 Years

Behind the concept of HundrED, an ambitious education initiative being launched as part of Finland’s centenary celebrations.<p>Finland may be less ostentatiously hipster than its Scandinavian neighbors but it <i>is</i> filled with forward-thinking and super-smart people. To mark 100 years of independence …

The Internet Of Things Could Finally Get The Common Language It Needs

In the home and beyond, it’s more important than ever that gadgets get standard ways to talk to each other. And there are signs of progress.<p>Smart home gadgets were everywhere at the CES trade show in January, from useful iterations on connected light bulbs and door locks to odder endeavors such as …

Internet of Things