Monday, September 22, 2014

The Mega Guide: 150 Innovation, Foresight & Strategy Resources to Bookmark

As a writer and researcher, I read constantly, not only to stay up to date on trends and news but to get different perspectives, insights and inspiration from as many sources as possible. It's keep me sharp and ahead of the curve.



Innovation has become such a buzzword that it seems like everyone drops the word pretty casually but true innovation stalwarts do abound. I've compiled this list as an index of our network of innovation heroes, innovation managers and experts in the trenches, futurists, dreamers, academics, scholars, solution providers and consultants, our partners, alumni, and people whom we admire and who also foster and celebrate innovation everywhere to not only prove this point but also to offer you a quick innovation go-to guide.

Some of these are personal and corporate blogs, some are more mainstream media publications like Fast Company, while others are great newsletters and free reports. They are not ranked or in any particular order and I omitted any content that was gated or had not been updated in several weeks.

 150 Innovation, Foresight & Strategy Resources to Bookmark:
  1. http://www.innovationexcellence.com
  2. http://blogs.cisco.com
  3. http://www.ideachampions.com/heartofinnovation
  4. http://blogs.sap.com/innovation
  5. http://matrixthinking.com/blog
  6. http://blog.hypeinnovation.com
  7. http://collieradam.com
  8. http://www.strategy-business.com/innovation
  9. http://www.innovationcoach.com/blog
  10. http://www.innovationmanagement.se/latest-articles
  11. http://everythingbrilliant.co.uk/blog-3
  12. http://www.ideaconnection.com/blog
  13. http://www.improvides.com/blog
  14. http://synecticsworld.com/category/thinking
  15. http://empatico.us/blog
  16. http://www.destination-innovation.com/articles
  17. http://theinnovationmill.com
  18. http://trendwatching.com
  19. http://www.urenio.org
  20. http://timkastelle.org/theblog
  21. http://www.lindabernardi.com/blog
  22. http://www.psfk.com
  23. http://www.trendhunter.com
  24. http://www.innovationresource.com/blog
  25. http://bradenkelley.com
  26. http://blog.inventhelp.com
  27. http://ideatrotter.com
  28. http://www.game-changer.net/blog
  29. http://www.innovationfatigue.com
  30. http://paul4innovating.com
  31. http://www.15inno.com
  32. http://innovationblogsite.typepad.com/newandimprovedinnovation
  33. http://www.creativityatwork.com/blog
  34. http://brainzooming.com/category/brainzooming
  35. http://edwardboches.com
  36. http://arnoldbeekes.blogspot.com
  37. http://zenstorming.wordpress.com
  38. www.fastcompany.com
  39. http://www.technologyreview.com
  40. http://spectrum.ieee.org
  41. http://bostinno.streetwise.co
  42. http://www.adaptivepath.com/ideas
  43. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/innovation
  44. http://outsideinnovation.blogs.com
  45. http://www.robertsrulesofinnovation.com/blog
  46. http://innovationfieldnotes.wordpress.com
  47. https://www.kickstarter.com/blog
  48. https://www.quirky.com/blog
  49. http://www.businessweek.com/innovation-and-design
  50. http://scottberkun.com/blog
  51. http://www.boardofinnovation.com/blog
  52. http://designmind.frogdesign.com
  53. http://www.helloinnovation.com/blog
  54. http://www.briansolis.com
  55. http://www.crowdsourcing.org
  56. http://www.ssireview.org/blog
  57. http://www.socialinnovationexchange.org/home/blog
  58. http://blog.ideorg.org
  59. http://keithsawyer.wordpress.com
  60. http://mootee.typepad.com/innovation_playground
  61. http://www.innovationinpractice.com/innovation_in_practice
  62. http://www.dontheideaguy.com
  63. http://www.ideafaktory.com/articles
  64. http://www.futurelab.net/blog
  65. http://appliedimagination.blogspot.com
  66. http://blog.innosight.com
  67. http://www.springwise.com
  68. http://seekcompany.com/blog
  69. http://innovationedge.com/blog
  70. http://www.informationweek.com/executive-insights-and-innovation.asp
  71. http://matthewemay.com/blog
  72. http://www.ideo.com/news
  73. http://greggfraley.com/blog
  74. http://bulldogdrummond.com/blog/principle/uncommon
  75. http://innovateonpurpose.blogspot.com
  76. http://www.bqf.org.uk/innovation
  77. http://stephenshapiro.com/blog
  78. http://www.workingknowledge.com/blog
  79. http://ams-inc.com/innovation/knowledge-center
  80. http://www.electrofed.com/infoelectro-archives
  81. http://cataalliance.ca/ecommerce/index.php
  82. http://www.pdma.org/p/bl/et/blogid=2
  83. http://www.miscmagazine.com
  84. http://ispim.org/video-and-articles
  85. http://www.innoget.com
  86. https://innovationdevelopment.org/blog
  87. http://www.tnsglobal.com
  88. http://www.gfk.com
  89. http://appirio.com/insights/blogs
  90. http://www.wellspring.com/blog
  91. http://www.visioncritical.com/blog
  92. http://www.kpmg.com/us/en/issuesandinsights
  93. https://soundcloud.com/innovationcrush [Podcast series]
  94. http://innovationfactory.eu/blog
  95. http://www.supplychainbrain.com/content/index.php
  96. http://ams-inc.com/innovation/knowledge-center
  97. http://www.boozallen.com
  98. http://www.stylus.com/StylusBlog
  99. http://blog.cognistreamer.com
  100. http://www.creativebloq.com
  101. http://www.mymodernmet.com [For Inspiration & a Dose of Creativity] 
  102. http://blog.cmbinfo.com
  103. http://eggstrategy.tumblr.com
  104. http://worldfuturetrends.tumblr.com [Our Sister Microblog]
  105. http://www.ey.com
  106. http://www.ideaconnection.com/blog
  107. http://www.ideastogo.com/facilitator-and-employee-innovation-blog
  108. http://imaginatik.com/blog
  109. http://www.inno-360.com/blog
  110. http://www.innocentive.com/blog
  111. http://www.innoviatech.com/freshperspective
  112. http://theinovogroup.com/insights/blog
  113. http://www.ipsos.com/innoquest/thought-leadership
  114. http://www.washingtonpost.com/people/vivek-wadhwa
  115. http://www.mckinsey.com/insights
  116. http://www.kurzweilai.net/blog
  117. http://www.jimcarroll.com/blog
  118. http://www.profuturists.org/blog
  119. http://www.mike-walsh.com/blog
  120. http://futuristpaul.com
  121. http://www.extremetech.com
  122. http://www.foresight.org/nanodot
  123. http://www.ieet.org/index.php/IEET/IEETblog
  124. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-intelligence-report
  125. http://futurememes.blogspot.com
  126. http://metamodern.com
  127. http://www.foresightalliance.com/blog
  128. http://thinkingfutures.net/blog-2
  129. http://www.wfs.org/blogs
  130. http://www.futurist.com/blog
  131. http://intelligence.org/blog
  132. http://www.newscientist.com
  133. http://nextbigfuture.com
  134. https://www.bbvaopenmind.com/en
  135. http://www.exponentialtimes.net/news
  136. http://www.iftf.org/future-now
  137. http://www.evolutionshift.com
  138. http://www.futuristspeaker.com
  139. http://futureorientation.net/category/blog
  140. http://www.burrus.com/blog
  141. http://pwc.blogs.com/ceoinsights
  142. http://blog.mindjet.com
  143. http://blog.brightidea.com
  144. http://www.knowledgebrief.com/blog/all
  145. http://www.fionalettice.com
  146. http://soapboxhq.com/blog
  147. http://www.aquilent.com/blog
  148. http://completeinnovator.com
  149. http://vectorblog.org
  150. http://www.hbfuller.com/north-america/innovation-and-experience/blog
If I have missed any that you feel should be included please let me know.

About the Author

  Valerie RussoFormerly a senior copy editor at Thomson Reuters, a research editor at AOL,  and a senior web publicist at Hachette Book GroupValerie M. Russo is editor at large of The Front End of Innovation BlogThe Market Research Event BlogThe World Future Trends Tumblr, the Digital Impact Blog, and also blogs at Literanista.net. She is the innovation lead and senior social media strategist for the Marketing and Business Strategy Division of the Institute for International Research, an Informa LLC., and her poetry was published in Regrets Only on sale at the MOMA Gift Shop. Her background is in Anthropology and English Literature. You can reach her at vrusso@iirusa.com or @Literanista.

Friday, September 19, 2014

This Week In Innovation: 9/15/14 - 9/19/14


Why creativity should become one more value of the business culture of any innovative company so that innovative processes are encouraged along all parts of the value chain.

Shell and Pele team up to create first player-powered soccer field in Rio favela: Using kinetic energy to power lights

How big egos destroy creativity

Five Roles to consider for Your Innovation Team

Transit Innovation: San Fransisco's BART cars getting a facelift and being reimagined

5 Steps for Success In Consumer Immersion

Disruption vs. Optimization - Driving Agility With Big Data

Augmented Reality in the NFL: Chris Kluwe explains how its closer than we think

These studies show is that there is more to the rise of Chinese companies than simply an ability to do things on the cheap. They are developing management techniques that help them create things faster.

Seven stages to eco-innovation

Intel Shows Off Jimmy, a Pollution Detecting Robot: Dealing with fears of robots

Can innovation be "managed" without jeopardizing creativity? Kalypso covers some of the most common innovation challenges, their impact on the business, and pragmatic approaches to implementing innovation management processes and tools.

Printing a car?!!?! Using 3D printing to print a car

Careful planning and organisational structure will provide an environment in which the often chaotic business of innovation can flourish, writes Mhairi McEwan.

The changing role of the CTO: It is not unusual for companies nowadays to post technical challenges online and receive bids from other companies to accomplish some of their technological needs, as P&G did with its ‘connect & develop’ strategy. The strategy was not to get rid of P&G’s scientists, but to better leverage them.

Boardroom Metrics' releases a Corporate Innovation Assessment

Driving Fundamental Innovation: The Siemens Mobility IDEA Contest

Innovation managers who adopt a risk-based approach to radical innovation strategies will see its value in the marketplace.

Why your company might fail at crowdsourcing


About the Author:

Ryan Polachi is a contributing writer concentrating his focus on Marketing, Finance and Innovation. He can be reached at rpolachi@IIRUSA.com.





Unlocking Innovation Insights: A Special Message from Trend Hunter, Jeremy Gutsche

Jeremy Gutsche is a Canadian innovation expert, author, co-host of Trend Hunter TV and founder of TrendHunter.com. He has asked us to share this very special secret video message on his behalf, where he talks about his excitement about his Front End of Innovation Toronto Keynote and the Trendhunter Offices Tour, as well as a sweet offer he has for you.

If you'd like to learn how top-tier innovators at Adidas, Nestle, Pepsi, Samsung and Target rely on Trend Hunter's science to find better ideas, faster, here's your chance to connect with him.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Canadian Innovation solution (hint: it’s not consumers)

Thank God there is a bottomless pit to mine for answers to Canadian innovation challenges. The proposals so far are as many as there are lobbies and hobbies. And every one of them has merit. But every one of them is doomed.

The focus of well-meant public counsel tends toward specific, actionable, and obvious drivers to solve the problem. The result? There ought to be more public and private investment at every stage; better training and skills; government intervention; coordinated geographic clusters; stronger commercialization; more creativity and risk taking; a focus on entrepeneurs; or a focus on enterprises.

And on and on.

Less considered, probably because they make crystal clear causal arguments cloudy, are the softer facets of the innovation ecosystem. These are one or more steps removed from the direct “this-then-that” connection between action and outcome. Moreover, innovation tends to be diagnosed discretely from other economic and social challenges, such as productivity decay. This is the result of a schooled-in reductionism that segregates systemic problems into constituent parts as if complex problems can always be solved in pieces and work when reassembled. But that’s not how complex systems work.

Setting aside my cynicism about the motives of those voicing positions, each contribution adds valuably to the discussion. But that discussion remains isolated and mired in detail. Consider innovation and productivity as a holistic pair.

Everyone who has sat through an executive discussion of new revenue contrasted with reduced cost knows that the latter goes straight to the bottom line. And yet, productivity is in decline in Canada.

Why?

Among the reasons is a “waste not, want not” ethic that would make a Puritan blush. There is also the discount sticker given to Canadian businesses by our chronically weak dollar. Let’s not forget government subsidization/protection. All of this cuffs the market’s invisible hand that might otherwise force competitive price drops, in turn demanding greater productivity—perhaps through innovation?

Weak demand for productivity innovation weakens the drive toward technologies, processes, and business models that address these challenges. Only among a few exceptions, such as mining, are businesses innovating—or investing in innovation—for productivity gain. In other cases, such as oil & gas, their cups have spilleth over so much that being unproductive is inconsequential.

That leaves the glory of consumer-directed innovations. Consumers want cool technological toys that may (the jury is still out) make them more productive. It’s true—or at least it’s said, which is the same thing apparently—that mobile devices make business people more productive. It’s also true that many consumers are also business people. But is WhatsApp or FaceBook or the iPod creating productive commercial capacity? The argument for “yes” is dubious at best.

Consumers reward these innovations though, or the successful ones anyway, explicitly with revenue or use and less explicitly through the idolatry of consumer products and the business people associated with them. Investors reward such innovations with easier and more valuable rounds of financing, and grand payoffs at Initial Public Offering. This, despite many of the longest-lived and profitable technology businesses, such as Microsoft and Oracle and Salesforce and SAP, innovating around commercial/management productivity. But they’re not Facebook or LinkedIn are they?

Defocus consumer innovation!

Blackberry (RIM) lost its edge and lead not primarily because of threats in the consumer space but because it chased that space and forgot that its lead and advantage was due to its impact on industrial productivity. Also consider that while it’s true Henry Ford made the automobile a mass consumption product, his enduring legacy is the conveyor belt: the productivity innovation that allowed for the consumer delight.

So what’s the point?

Simply this: all of those many answers to the innovation problem could be instrumental elements of a successful change to Canada’s innovation trajectory. Maybe… in some combination… or in some sequence…. But merely refocusing toward innovations that genuinely address how to make Canada’s businesses more productive, first at the edges then at the core, would set the stage for solving multiple economic challenges, including productivity and innovation, and fabricating a virtuous cycle updraft to raise all parts of the economy.

About the Author

Timothy Grayson, is the Author of "The Spaces In Between" and Director of Digital Product Development at the Canada Post Corp Management. He blogs at blog.timothygrayson.com and can be reached at @graysonicles.

Editor's Note

We invite you to join Timothy at FEI Toronto where he lead a Learning Lab on how to go From Systems Thinking to Artful Innovation: Assessing the Unknown and Believing in the Invisible

As innovators, we wants "systems" to be both creative and manage the process. We want structure and predictability in a business where none can exist. The paradox of innovation is that it's based on unknowns. 

Many tools and frameworks promise that if you follow their rules you will be more successfully innovative. Right! You will be more methodical and may be more innovative around the edges. Breakthrough innovation relies on assessment of the unknown and belief in the invisible. 

There is art in identifying value in the unknown. 

In this session, we will Explore the few common ways that analytic techniques let you down as an innovator; Learn how to blend art with the science to identify opportunities to innovate in ways that can't be easily quantified today; and reveal the stubbornly secret oxymoron that innovators and entrepreneurs know about vision, luck, and persistence. 

During the session the group will go through one or two simple interactive processes for identifying the hidden "x-factors" that could make a good idea great; a good product a hit; a good campaign outstanding.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Innovation: McCartney Style


Photo: Street sign for Abbey Road, in Westminster, London, England. This work was released into the public domain by its author, Liftarn.

Innovation. Paul McCartney. When I saw the article, "Paul McCartney's Innovative Style" by Peter Cook, I knew I had to read it.

Paul McCartney and John Lennon were an innovative song writing team. In this article, Peter analyzes Paul's and John's personalities using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®(MBTI®) personality inventory. Using this system, he says Paul would be classified as an adaptor and John an innovator.

As Peter puts it, "Often we need both innovators and adaptors to produce sustainable innovations: The innovators to produce the hard-to-copy ideas and; the adaptors to help bring the ideas into a practical market focus."

This year's Back End of Innovation (BEI) event, Oct. 6-8 in Las Vegas, Nevada is 100% focused on execution.

Don't miss strategic innovation thought leader Nadim Yacteen as he presents "Strategic Intuition: How Innovation Really Happens and What That Means for Digital Innovation." The way most of us believe we generate killer ideas is the opposite of what actually works. Come to this session to find out how to fuel digital innovation by tapping into how innovation really happens.

To learn more and register, visit www.BackEndofInnovation.com

Stay connected with BEI:
- Twitter.com/BEI_Innovation #BEI14
- LinkedIn.com/Back End of Innovation
- Facebook.com/BackEndofInnovation















Peggy L. Bieniek, ABC is an Accredited Business Communicator specializing in corporate communication best practices. Connect with Peggy on LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+, and on her website at www.starrybluebrilliance.com.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Meta-Marketing: Your Fast Track to Millennial Appeal

'Generation Y' is a much-researched group that has been called a lot of names -- creative, entitled, digital natives, and disloyal, to name a few. Disloyalty is one trait that is incredibly concerning to brands.

How does a brand seek to speak to a generation that is more hesitant to commit to some of the major pillars of society like a longterm job, marriage and home ownership, let alone a lifelong brand relationship?

Meta-marketing is one way that brands are succeeding in appealing to Gen Y.

The rules for meta-marketing are as follows:

1) Create an Ad About an Ad

Newcastle Brown Ale's "mega huge" Superbowl ad is a great example of this. The brand created a whole campaign about the ads they would have made if they had the budget to spend on the Superbowl and created a highly successful sub-site called IfWeMadeIt.com.

The brand ended up spending less than 1/35th of what its competitors did, but really won the Superbowl by driving over 1 billion views to their site.


2) Self-Mock

The CEO of  Dollar Shave Club isn't ashamed to talk about poop and make fun of his executive duties (no pun intended) in his latest video.

Their first video for razor subscriptions got over 16 million views, going viral and exploding their client base from 1,000 members to tens of thousands of orders during the first week of their video's launch.


3) Be Authentic

With ad agencies like DDB Tribal creating apps to help consumers spot "BS" in advertising, the flowery advertising of the past isn't going to cut it in the modern age.

With the purchasing power of Millennials not yet at its peak, brands are clamouring to find way to find a brand voice that speaks to their consumer and creates a cultural connection.

Ad BS Bingo App
TrendHunter.com has seen many trends in the realm of Meta-Marketing, all crowdscored by a virtual focus group of over 100,000,000 people.

To check out more on marketing to Millennials and to see how we're helping hundreds of other brands find better ideas, faster, check out Trend Reports.

About the Author

Shelby Walsh is the President and Head of Research at Trend Hunter.




Saturday, September 13, 2014

This Week In Innovation: 9/8/14 - 9/12/14

Innovation is Harder Than It Looks: "Innovation fails you if you think you can just hire someone with digital in their job title"

How Starbucks Keeps Innovating - Now the challenge for Starbucks is to keep innovating as a dominant player in the industry. via Bloomberg

The human resources department may not be the first department in a health system that comes to mind in the transition to value-based care, but it is increasingly being seen as a source for potential innovation via Healthcare Finance News.

The world holds far more opportunity for everyone with women fully vested in science, technology, and innovation; that success is not a zero sum game via HuffPo

Crowdfunding Sites, 3 trends to Watch: The Future of how people donate their money to entreprenuers

Braden Kelley on how extracting accurate customer insights for the present is difficult enough. Doing it for the future present is even harder.

Football and Finance: 7 Lessons Fantasy Football Can Teach Investors

Innovation at Facebook... Did they just copy Snapchat?

Workplace Innovation: Tips to running a smooth business via Huffington Post

Controlling The Flow of Social Media: Keeping the waves from tipping your ship

Using Distractions to Manufacture Creativity: Catching Your Attention in the Right Context


3Doodler Allows More Creative 3D Printing: "3Doodler looks something like a hot glue gun mixed with a novelty color-changing pen"

Why the "i" is not used in the new Apple Watch: Why you won't be wearing an "iWatch"

Competition is for Losers: Analyzing Google's Monopoly on the search market





About the Author:

Ryan Polachi is a contributing writer concentrating his focus on Marketing, Finance and Innovation. He can be reached at rpolachi@IIRUSA.com.

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