Sunday, March 31, 2013

A Necessity for Survival in the Future Wellness Ecosystem

GE believes innovation is "about making the world work better. It's about the future of industry - energy, healthcare, transportation, manufacturing." That's why the Front End of Innovation has been there providing innovation best practices to your cross-industry peers for over a decade.

For 2013, the FEI brand has innovated itself, launching FEI Wellness: Front End of Innovation Wellness.

Created specifically for the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry, FEI Wellness unites leaders to share insights and debate best practices for innovating healthcare.

Eli Lilly & Company
Predicting, Planning and Innovating for an Unpredictable Future

Business Model Transformation: A Necessity for Survival in the Future Wellness Ecosystem

Siemens Healthcare
Get Ready for Unwrapping Your Partnering Potential

Big Sexy Data and its Potential to Transform Healthcare

Johnson & Johnson
Ready for Healthcare Anywhere?

Beacon Health System
Executing Experiences that Exceed Customer Imagination: How to Steps for Monday Morning

CarePass from Aetna. Simple, Connected, Convenient

Children's Hospital Boston
The New Model: Making the Hospital More Innovative for Patient Families, Employers & Policy Makers
And more. Download the brochure for the full agenda.

Plus, don't miss cross-industry keynotes delivered by:

David B. Agus, MD, University of Southern California, Author, The End of Illness
Denise Morrison, CEO, Campbell Soup Company
Vivek Wadwha, VP of Innovation, Singularity University
Wim Elfrink, Chief Globalization Officer, Cisco
Keith Sawyer, Professor, Washington University & Author, Group Genius
Todd Henry, Author, The Accidental Creative: How to Be Brilliant at a Moment's Notice
Alexander Osterwalder, Author, Business Model Innovation
And more. Click here for the complete speaker roster.

When the right people meet the right environment, innovation thrives. FEI Wellness is where exceptional cross-industry keynotes, combined with powerful healthcare-focused content, and distinctive experiences, drive purposeful change.

Join us as we transform the industry.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Barriers and enablers to Innovation? {Giveaway}

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The Front End of Innovation has partnered with the innovation team at Sterling Brands to conduct a survey to get a snapshot understanding of the barriers and enablers when it comes to Innovation within an organization.

We would appreciate your collaboration as we work together to drive industry solutions.

Findings from the study will be available at the 2013 FEI Conference. All who choose to participate will also have special access to the findings upon request. All data will be analyzed and reviewed anonymously and participant names will NOT be mentioned.

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If you participate by April 1st, we’ll enter you into a drawing to win an iPad Mini, which will be announced at the event in Boston.

Here is a link to the survey. Thank you for your participation!

Friday, March 29, 2013

How Innovation Should Be Like Easter Eggs

I recently attended an Easter egg decorating party, where a bunch of adults spent an entire afternoon coloring and bedazzling boiled eggs.  None of us have any kids; we did this for the sheer pleasure of creating interesting and attractive objects.
I was amazed at the creativity of the ideas that the group came up with in decorating the eggs.  (And in case you’re wondering – no, none of us are artists.)

This started me thinking about why it seems that we as adults don’t exercise our inner child-like creativity more often.  And what was it about the Easter egg party that allowed us to so freely generate and express such range and diversity of ideas?  I think there were several factors, all of which also apply to innovation.

1. Each egg represented a very low commitment.  It was cheap in both time and materials to try any idea we thought of.  So we tried lots of ideas.  If one didn’t work, it didn’t matter – it was just one egg.  Similarly, in your innovation work, you need to be considering and trying out many ideas, to ensure that you move forward only the best ones.  As innovation projects proceed through a company, they get more expensive in money, time, and labor at each successive phase.  Developing Fail Fast, Fail Cheap methodologies will allow you to try out lots of ideas early on, while it’s still cheap.

2. We leveraged not only our individual creativity; we also used the power of the group.  Frequently, someone would come up with an idea they wanted to try.  We would toss our idea out to the group and everyone would contribute ideas for how best to accomplish it.  No one ever said “Yes, but that won’t work.”  We all just thought of ways to help make it better.  The resulting final solutions were nearly always significantly better than what the original person would have tried first.

In many companies, the “Yes, But” phenomenon is all too common, and can be very damaging to innovation.   Most ideas aren’t perfect when they’re first conceived.  But we act like they should be; we point out all the problems in a nascent idea before we ever attempt to find out if there’s anything good about it.

For innovation and creative problem solving to thrive, it’s critical to create an environment that nurtures ideas rather than stifles them, so you get the benefit of the best thinking of the entire team.

3. We were willing to completely revise an idea when something clearly wasn’t working.  One woman brought the type of eggs that aren’t naturally white; they were brown.  None of us were sure that dying them would work very well, if at all.  And the first few attempts really didn’t work.  So, she entirely scraped off all the color on her unsuccessful eggs several times.  In the end, when she chose the right colors (reds, yellows, oranges) and left them in the dye bath long enough, she got some of the most uniquely rich and vividly colored eggs any of us had ever seen.  

Unfortunately, in large organizations, too many innovation projects that aren’t quite hitting the mark proceed too far without the modifications (or re-starts) they need.  You have to first recognize when an idea isn’t working, and then be willing to revise or start again when you need to.

4. Reframing what we were trying to accomplish resulted in more divergent ideas. The woman with the brown eggs also tried other methods of decorating the eggs, not just coloring them with dye.  Once she reframed the problem from coloring eggs to decorating eggs, she got to the most innovative and unusual eggs of all.  This reframing of the problem is a critical step in effective problem-solving and innovation.

Editor's Note:

At FEI, Ideas To Go will host a breakfast where we’ll briefly share information about Innovation Engineering®, a management system that creates a culture of continuous innovation.  It increases speed and decreases risk by transforming innovation from a random event into a reliable, repeatable system for profitable growth.  If you’d like to receive an invitation to this breakfast to learn more about Innovation Engineering, email us.

About the Author

Susan Robertson is Principal and VP Business Development at Ideas To Go, an innovation consulting agency.  Her diverse business experience and enthusiasm for creative thinking inform her work -- facilitating customer-centered discovery & innovation for Fortune 500 companies, across a variety of categories and industries. She is also a frequent lecturer and trainer in creativity and innovation, having spoken at conferences and led workshops around the world, including South Africa, Italy, South Korea, Sweden, the U.K., China, France, Brazil, Mexico, and Greece.

She will co-present a session on Driving Innovation Through Better Customer Co-Creation at FEI 2013, taking place May 6-8, in Boston, Massachusetts.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Video: Purpose Inspired Innovation, By Design

At the Front End of Innovation, we gather new perspectives from hard-to-get speakers each year. FEI is where exceptional keynotes, combined with powerful content, and distinctive experiences, drive purposeful change.

Phil Duncan, Global Design Officer, Proctor & Gamble, presented a Keynote address at the 10th Annual Front End of Innovation Conference last year, on Purpose Inspired Innovation, by Design.

As we prepare to meet together in May 2013, we offer you the chance to sign-up for complete access to the talk plus more here.

Be sure to visit our new media center to explore more innovation resources and access podcasts, past FEI presentations, videos, photos, and more.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Innovation Book Club: Zig Zag: The Surprising Path to Greater Creativity {Giveaway}

Our book club pick for April is Zig Zag: The Surprising Path to Greater Creativity By Keith Sawyer, who has Eight Simple Techniques For Greater Creativity.

Creativity doesn't come from one brilliant idea; it's a way of life. Using Sawyer's techniques, new ideas come every day, leading you always further down the zig-zag path to greater creativity. Try these simple techniques, one for each of Sawyer's eight steps.

Eight Simple Techniques For Greater Creativity

Find the right question
If you're stumped, it's often because you're asking the wrong question. Maybe your question is too narrow and focused, and you just need to think bigger. For example, instead of asking yourself "Should I repair my old car, or buy a new one?" try asking "Can I get a job within walking distance of home?" or "Can I move closer to public transportation?"

Prepare your mind
The most creative people are voracious learners; they dabble in things they know nothing about. Teach yourself something about weaponry, hypnosis, glass blowing, auto repair, Sufi mysticism…

Be aware
Research shows that the most creative people are more likely talk to lots of different people. So try this: Before you attend your next party or social event, choose a color. Then at the event, make a point of meeting and chatting with anyone who's wearing that color.

Free your mind
When you're facing a creative challenge, try to imagine it as a problem in a very different world, like Dentistry; Lawn care; Furniture design; Prison; The Circus. How would your problem look in that world? How would you try to solve it?

Generate ideas
You can increase your ability to generate good ideas by practicing idea generation every day in simple tasks. For example, make a long list of specific facts about how the world would be different: If gravity stopped for one second each day? If there were five sexes? Come up with your own idea challenges as you go through your day. In the kitchen: What if my refrigerator had 20 shelves? Preparing for bed at night: What if people could sleep standing up?

Combine ideas
The best insights come from combining ideas that are completely unrelated. Take out paper and pencil and sketch a piece of furniture that is also a kind of fruit; or, a lampshade that is also a kind of book; or, just pick two words at random by closing your eyes and pointing at different pages in a book, and invent a combination.

Make ideas even better
Once you have a few ideas, take each one of them (even the ones that aren't so great) and list at least three benefits of that idea, and then list at least three practical steps you would have to take to implement the idea. This simple technique often helps you think of ways to make the ideas even better.

Get your ideas into the world
Buy a stack of ten magazines. (Or take some of those old magazines in your dentist's waiting room) Clip out any photos that seem related to your problem, and keep going until you have 50 photos. Use a glue stick and make a collage by sticking them onto a large piece of poster board. Keep the collage near your desk for a couple of weeks, and make sure to look at it each day.

Innovation Book Club: Zig Zag: The Surprising Path to Greater Creativity {Giveaway}

On Tuesday, April 23rd Keith will join in on a Q&A session with the FEI LinkedIn community to discuss his ideas and  Zig Zag: The Surprising Path to Greater Creativity. You can enter to win a copy below and in the meantime leave your question for him here.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

See Who is Attending FEI: Front End of Innovation 2013

In this economy - numbers matter. 2 events.
FEI 2013: Front End of Innovation   &  FEI Wellness

3 days jam-packed with content, actionable takeaways and inspiration.
All the most critical and forward thinking innovation topics are covered.  Walk away more informed and motivated to drive success across your critical challenge areas.

Access to over 90 Speakers.
Real-time interaction with the best in innovation from across industries and around the world.  Brainstorm what works, what doesn't, and why.

85% Client Side Representation.
Your time is valuable. Spend it making meaningful connections with those who share your similar business interests and needs.

FEI: Front End of Innovation and co-located FEI Wellness are on track for a banner year.  See all the great companies already signed on to attend.

3M Company
Advance Industrial Marketing
Akzo Nobel
Allergan Medical
Altis Insan Kaynaklari ve Dan Hizm Ltd
Altria Client Services
American Family Insurance
Ampliar Negocios
Applied Intelligence
Applied Marketing Science
Argos USA
Avery Dennison
Barilla America Inc
BD Medical Pharmaceutical Systems
Boston University
Brown Forman Beverages
BuzzBack Market Research
Campbell Soup Company
Chadwick Martin Bailey
Children's Miracle Network Hospital
Chrysler Group LLC
Church & Dwight Company Inc
Citigroup Incorporated
Compass Marketing Innovation
Consumer Connections
CORE Education
Del Monte
Directions Research Inc
Egg Strategy
Fahrenheit 212
GEN3 Partners, Inc.
General Mills
Godiva Chocolatier Inc
GOJO Industries
Hallmark Cards Inc
HB Fuller Company
Holy Family Memorial
Ideas to Go
Imperial College London Centre for Environmental Policy
Innovia Technology
Inova Software
Inovo Group LLC
Institute for Product Development
Intertape Polymer
iRobot Corporation
James Hardie Building Products
John Deere Company
John Wiley & Sons
Johnson & Johnson
Kaiser Permanente
Kazi Enterprise Food&Fish
Kimberly Clark
KL Communications
Kraft Foods Group Inc
Kraton Polymers LLC
Landor Associates
Lonza Bioscience
Malaysian Technology Development
Manitowoc Company
Marsh & McLennan
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark
Neenah Paper Inc
Nestle Purina PetCare
Nestle USA
Nu Skin Enterprises
Organic Valley
Oscar Mayer
Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development
Peer Insight
Perimeter Brand Packaging
PETCO Animal Supplies Inc
Philips Healthcare
Pitney Bowes Inc
Qualysoft GmbH
Radius Global Market Research
Reckitt Benckiser
Robert Bosch
Samson Rope Technologies
San Diego Zoo Global
Schneider Electric
Sharmin Enterprise
Southern Growth Studio
State Farm Insurance Company
Stryker Corporation
Stryker Instruments
Tampere University of Applied Sciences
The Clorox Company
The Vanguard Group
The Wright Brothers Institute
Thomas & Betts Canada
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
Valent BioSciences Corp

Join us May 6-8 as together we transform uncertainty into opportunity.

Download the conference brochures for more information: FEI 2013 // FEI Wellness 

Monday, March 25, 2013

How Coaching & Knowledge Management Accellerate Innovation Execution

Earlier this month at FEI EMEA 2013, Rob de Graaf, Senior Consultant Product Innovation, Philips Innovation Services, presented a practical, in-depth case study on How Coaching and Knowledge Management Accellerate Innovation Execution at Philips Healthcare, MRI. He's shared his presentation


Friday, March 22, 2013

How Frugal Innovation Is Revitalizing Western Economies

“Frugal innovation” is a groundbreaking new business and social paradigm. It has been widely practiced in emerging markets such as India, China, and Brazil where people turn high complexity and resource scarcity into an opportunity to innovate faster, better, and cheaper.

But today, frugal innovation is being adopted by visionary entrepreneurs, companies and government agencies in the US and Europe who are learning to innovate cost-effectively and sustainably under severe resource constraints.

Eschewing the traditional “bigger is better” R&D approach, these Western pioneers are creating “good enough” solutions that deliver more value at less cost to consumers and citizens alike in sectors ranging from healthcare to education to manufacturing to retail to financial services. In doing so, they are unleashing a new wave of inclusive and sustainable economic growth in Western economies.

This seminal webinar on Frugal Innovation will vividly describe the unfolding “frugal innovation revolution” across US and Europe and identify the key players in business, government, and nonprofit sectors driving this new movement in the West and unveil the best practices of early adopters of frugal innovation in US and Europe—and offer tools and techniques you can use to successfully implement this groundbreaking business concept within your own organization.

Join us to discover:

- What is “frugal innovation” and how it radically different from traditional R&D and innovation models?

- Why is frugal innovation a disruptive business paradigm—and a revolutionary new social phenomenon?

- How can frugal innovation help my organization “do more with less”—and help me innovate faster, better, and cheaper?

- Who are the early adopters of frugal innovation in US and Europe—and what lessons can we learn from them?

- How can I effectively adopt the frugal innovation principles in my organization by investing in the right people, processes, technologies, and partnerships?

Tue, Apr 9, 2013 at 11:30 AM EDT
Register here.

Presented by Navi Radjou:

Navi Radjou is an innovation and leadership strategist based in Silicon Valley.

He is also a Fellow at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, and a
World Economic Forum (WEF) faculty member. He is a member of WEF’s Global Agenda Council on Design Innovation and a regular columnist on Harvard Business Review online.

Navi is co-author of the bestseller Jugaad Innovation: Think Frugal, Be Flexible,Generate Breakthrough Growth. The Economist calls it “the most comprehensive
book yet to appear on the subject” of frugal innovation.

Navi is also co-author of From Smart To Wise, a new book on leadership in the era of complexity. CEO coach Marshall Goldsmith calls it a “fascinating book” and PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi views it as “a practical guide for accelerating your own wise leadership development.” Follow him on Twitter @NaviRadjou and learn more about him at

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Sometimes You Have to BANG on the Door

Recently my significant other and I decided to see how well we could survive with only one car.  We made this decision for a variety of reasons but the whole idea was facilitated by easy access to public transportation (i.e. the bus) for my commute to work each day.  

My initial bus rides were met with both a fun spirit of adventure ("look at me...taking the bus !"), and anxiety.  Most of my anxiety centered on catching the bus on time each day. After years of not wearing a watch, I now needed one.  

I'm not writing this blog to convince you to take the bus (although if you have the opportunity, I'd suggest trying it for a week). Rather, I wanted to share an observation with you, something I witness time and again at the bus stop every day.  I call it "banging on the door".

So here's how it works: each day at the downtown 5th Street transfer station, up to three busses may pull along the curb in a linear fashion at any time, in any order.  People unfamiliar with catching the bus at this transfer station are inclined to stand by the first bus in the line and wait.  They wait patiently; assuming that once the first bus has loaded up and driven away the next bus will pull forward and take its place. The trick you learn early (and often the hard way) is that no matter where your bus is in the line, when the traffic light facing the busses turns green, they ALL immediately begin to drive away.

Most new riders realize their mistake as they watch the veteran riders hustle to other busses in the line.  However, by the time they start to walk toward their bus the driver is getting ready to pull away and the door to the bus is closed.  Many times I’ve witnessed eager passengers who are successful in moving down the line to their bus, become too timid to knock on the door to get the driver’s attention.  The bus they've been waiting for pulls away without them.  This is followed by the sadly bewildered, "But I was standing right here! Why didn't the driver open the door?"  

So what does this have to do with anything innovation-related? Too often, people miss their bus (opportunity) because they wait for the driver to take notice and allow them to board.  They don't bang on the door to say, "Hey, I'm here!" to catch the driver's attention.

Making that effort to get noticed and be heard...yes, even if it requires banging on the door, is sometimes necessary.  It may not be comfortable and it may seem dangerous.  But that's risk.  That's life.  Because guess what?  You may show up at the right place at the right time, but the myopic system of habit and drudgery will keep those doors closed and that bus moving....and you're left standing at the curb inhaling fumes.

If you want to embrace progress and propel ideas forward, you need to step up, be brave for a minute, and bang on that door. The alternative makes you late for the next part of your life.

About the Author

Dr Delony Langer-Anderson is a new product developer and technology platform specialist for 3M Company. She has a PhD in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX. Her passion for creating new products is focused on connecting relevant 3M technology platforms with consumer needs that have been identified through ethnographic research.  When she's not in the field observing consumers, she's guiding and mentoring other 3M teams through the murky pre-NPI discovery phase.  Her most recent career highlight was winning the elected position of 3M Tech Forum Chair, a position that placed her at the head of the 3M 10,000 person global technical network. She may be reached at 

She will co-present a session on Innovation Foraging: Finding the Next Big Idea in a Corporate Jungle at FEI 2013 taking place May 6-8, in Boston, Massachusetts.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Co-Creating for a Better Society

Keynote by Christian Bason, Director of Innovation from MINDLAB (@christianbason)

Government is not often top of mind when thinking about innovation, yet Christian Bason clearly demonstrated in this keynote how his team have been infusing some fresh-thinking in the organisations they have been working with.

Mindlab is funded by three Danish Ministries: Education, Business and Employment. Although based in a Government building, the space looks more like a design studio, and the team are not the standard folk you would find there. They use design as a driver of policy, and focus on 'professional empathy' - experience what citizens experience - to change how Government works.

A number of projects were highlighted:

  • connecting new grads with mentors in employment to help them get a job
  • support services for those who look after a partner with dementia
  • how hospitals and the health professionals interact with their patients
  • resources and compliance for SMEs
Christian provided a good balance of practical, philosophical and technology-based solutions as examples of how his team have contributed to public sector innovation in Denmark.

Dr Claire McGowan is founding Director of Commercialisation Advisors Limited (COMMA) and been actively involved in technology commercialisation and investment. She has a PhD in Molecular Microbiology and MBA from Otago University, Dunedin, New Zealand. She has experience in the venture capital and investment banking industries, as well as personally building and growing companies. Her passion is in assisting entrepreneurs and inventors to build successful companies. She achieves this through her board roles on research and investment organisations and IP Market, as well as her Chair role with The Executive Connection (TEC). @clairemcgowan @ipmarket

What trend will disrupt your business?

If you missed the Front End of Innovation EMEA event two weeks ago, Bob van Leeuwen, Innovation Manager, Strategist, & Trendwatcher, at Interpolis, has made his presentation, What Trend Will Disrupt Your Industry? available on slideshare:

The music industry learnt a hard, but valuable lesson in the nineties when the MP3 was introduced. People started downloading and sharing music. Instead of looking ahead, the industry's future strategy was to protect what they had in the past.

We all know now that this led to Apple taking control of the industry, by innovation. In 2011, Polaroid filed for bankruptcy while Instagram, a company that makes a photo, was bought by facebook for a billion Dollars. Nowadays people look at social media as a leading trend. But looking a bit closer, one sees disruptive decentralization.

What effect does this have on governments? Different car manufacturers and Google are working on- and testing with autonomous cars. What would the effect be on insurance? This presentation look into trends and the disruptive forces behind them. What trend will disrupt your industry?

Sunday, March 17, 2013

GE, Lilly, Pfizer bring innovation to the patient experience

The pharmaceutical and healthcare industries have seen dramatic changes in recent years. From the passage of the Affordable Care Act, to new and innovative approaches in medicine, there's been a fundamental shift.

But one thing has remained the same - the patient.

The consumer is typically at the heart of every innovative new product, service or experience - so why not in healthcare?

FEI Wellness: The Front End of Innovation Wellness is bringing the patient back into healthcare innovation. Industry leaders from Pfizer, Eli Lilly, Beacon Health System, Siemens Healthcare, UnitedHealthGroup and more will join cross- industry keynotes to push you beyond the borders of your own industry.

Patient Experience Innovation:

Innovating with Customers in the Health & Wellness Space
Mark Ciesko & Jonathan Polhamus, GE Healthcare - Global Design

This talk highlights GE Healthcare's "Menlo" experience of applying the Design Thinking innovation approach to improve the patient experience in clinical environments. The goal of the Menlo Innovation Ecosystem is to enable healthcare organizations to create and deliver exceptional patient and staff experiences for new hospital constructions as well as existing clinical environments that meets their needs in this increasingly competitive environment.

"Got Trauma? There's an App for that; expanding the reach of the trauma surgeon with mHealth virtual your pocket!"
Rafael J. Grossman, MD, FACS, General and Trauma Surgeon, Telemedicine and mHealth innovator

How can an on-call trauma surgeon, covering a combined area larger then MA, VT and NH, expand his or her reach to be in two places at the same time? By the use of a telehealth network, equipped with mobile capabilities, a team of surgeons can extend their expertise, throughout time and geography, improving care, saving money and increasing clinician and patient satisfaction.

Download the full brochure for session details.

FEI Wellness: The Front End of Innovation Wellness is built specifically for YOUR industry in a time where solution-focused collaboration is more important than ever. Key stakeholders across the pharma, healthcare and wellness industries will reach across the table to tackle the issues critical to the advancement of the industry.

Register today to secure your spot and save 15% off the standard registration  rate.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Enabling Open Innovation Ideals/Crowd Sourcing Every Challenge

I’ve heard about the lofty goal of assembling diverse groups to collaborate for the purpose of solving The Big Issues for some time.  It seems technology has finally caught up with the task.  

It is very possible to get Academics, Commercial Interests and the Government together, working toward common goals.

The technology required includes:

  •         Expert Identification
  •         Compelling Calls to Action
  •         Easily Administered Security

When you have a social network dedicated to collaborative innovation  you’re worried about Intellectual Property security.  If you have a portal everyone is invited to, you want some members of the group to see everything and other members to see only parts.  You want some of the information to remain private.   Easily administered security enables this.  

As an example let’s use the one everyone brings up to me when they talk about open innovation, the traffic problems in their city…let’s say The City of Chicago wants help solving its traffic problems.  

The Public can be invited to submit ideas, collaborate upon others ideas and vote on ideas.  Academics can be encouraged to enrich the very best ideas, their discussions remaining private from the Public.  Finally Commercial Interests like vendors can engage in the final feasibility studies to ready the very best ideas for production.  In the meantime, the City itself can see it all, keeping the different discussions private from the participants.

The “easily administered” part enables the moderators to assign certain rights and login credentials to certain classes of users.  Couple this with self registration and automatic email confirmations, different types of users will be allowed to participate to the level commensurate with their skill set, the role they play and the workflow of the Challenge.

Compelling Calls to Action
Social Networks have opened up.  We can issue a call to action to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, to Vine (OK, to anything someone thinks up next week) and E Mail.  Wherever the community lives, they can be reached.  And they can be asked to contribute to the collaborative effort.  Using URL’s, and the proper permissions set up, these calls to action will draw the various users directly into a secure arena where their contribution is most valued.

And these calls can be based on a timeline dictated by a workflow.  

As soon as the predetermined number of ideas has been submitted and the right number of “best ideas” are automatically promoted (based on the predetermined amount of votes and activity), the calls to action go out to the right type of person required to enter into the conversation.  In our example to solve Chicago’s Traffic Problem, 

      The Public is invited at the City of Chicago’s Twitter and Facebook pages.  

      When the best ideas bubble up to the top, Academics who study traffic congestion are called on via E Mail, via Interest Groups they follow, etc. to join into a SWOT analysis.  The SWOT can have a quantifiable attribute, like a final score, and

      When the best idea has the winning score, Vendors can be solicited via Email or via City web sites issuing RFI’s to Vendors to submit their Proposals in order to enable the winning idea.

Expert Identification
Semantics technology is the driver for identifying the right person at the right time.  Semantic software can be put to work crawling the "traffic social network" making note by auto tagging contributors with germane knowledge.  So if a particular contributor keeps posting content concerning traffic, they will be identified as an expert and suggested when their expertise is required to participate in the process.  

The Willingness to Collaborate and Crowd Source
The other enabler for this sort of program is the embrace of innovation by government coupled with the desire of academics to get involved with commercial projects.  

  •         Big governments all over the world are providing seed money to jump start innovation.  They are thrilled to provide funds for Open Innovation Collaborative Systems. 
  •         Commercial Organizations are happy to have access to emerging markets driven by innovation, especially if the government will help fund the R&D. 
  •         Colleges are excited about the notion of putting all those smart people on their staff to work to produce income streams based on their intellectual prowess.

The technology exists, the players are anxious to embrace innovation, the funds are there.  Anybody got any good ideas?  How about a big problem?

Ron Shulkin blogs, researches and writes about emerging enterprise technologies focused on social media, innovation, voice of the customer, marketing automation and enterprise feedback management.  Ron is Vice President for Global Sales and Channels for CogniStreamer®, an innovation ecosystem, a Social Network for Innovation.  You can learn more about CogniStreamer here .  Ron manages The Idea Management Group on LinkedIn (Join Here) . You can follow him Twitter. You can follow his blogs at this Facebook group.  You can connect with Ron on LinkedIn. You can read more about Ron’s history at his curriculum vitae web site

Empowering passion inspires innovation

The marketplace is ripe for revolution. It will be sparked by those who embrace work as a spiritual quest, hell-bent on changing the game or exhausting themselves in the attempt.

FEI: Front End of Innovation 2013 is your gateway to change: Identify your passion and create a framework for applying it to the work you are already doing. Visit the FEI website for more details.

Join Todd Henry, Author of The Accidental Creative: How to be Brilliant at a Moment's Notice during the FEI Studio Extended Session, "Passion for Work"

As the world tries to find a way through economic malaise, we need courageous leaders who are willing to step up, channel their passion, and empty themselves each day in the pursuit of brilliance. Passion for work is not a self-centered thing. It becomes awakened as you find a problem that you are  equipped to solve, or one that awakens and leverages dormant skills. When you channel that passion into something useful to others the world around you changes.

We are excited to announce the addition of FEI Studio Session - where information meets inspiration.

Additional sessions include:

Applied Improv for Leaders: Principles & Practices for Innovative Leadership

Innovative leaders rely on breaking habitual patterns, trying new things, exploring, discovering, and taking informed risks - just like improvisers. Creative leaders and improvisers both have to make spur of the moment decisions, synthesize emerging information, make relevant connections, and serve the bigger picture.

Culture Hunting: From Prospective View to Creating the Future 

There is an aspect of the future that is predictable. Those who understand trends have the ability to influence what actually happens - seeing relationships that lead to new ideas, making connections of things seemingly unrelated, and perceiving smart re-combinations.

FEI will keep you enthused about what you do... create avenues for personal inspiration... and rekindle the innovation fire.

Join us May 6-8 as together we transform uncertainty into opportunity. Download the conference brochure here.

Registration Information:

Mention your Blog VIP Code FEI13BLOG to save 15% off the standard rate.
Phone: 888.670.8200

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Front End of Innovation EMEA 2013 Coverage Round-up

Here are several links to some of our partner coverage of the Front End of Innovation EMEA event, which took place in Copenhagen, Denmark, on March 4-6.

Kindness is the New Black

The Coca-Cola Man

Great Executive Quotes on Innovation: Insights from 3M

Driving Engagement for Idea Generation

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

It's not your typical pharma conference

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results” – Albert Einstein

Do you keep going to the same places for new ideas, yet nothing ever changes. You need an event that breaks the typical conference mold and forces you to step outside your comfort zone. True transformation will only come through borrowing lessons learned from your cross-industry counterparts.

Your solution has arrived.

New Ways to Approach Health
May 6-8 * Boston, MA

FEI Wellness offers the best of both worlds… Exceptional cross-industry keynotes, combined with powerful healthcare-focused content, and distinctive experiences, with the common goal of driving purposeful change. When the right people meet the right environment, innovation thrives. 

Featured Sessions Include:

What if Everything You Thought About Health Was Wrong
David B. Agus, MD, Co-Founder, Navigenics; Professor of Medicine and Engineering at University of Southern California, one of the World’s Leading Cancer Doctors and Pioneering Biomedical Researchers, Author, The End of Illness

Predicting, Planning and Innovating for an Unpredictable Future
Kenneth A Savin, Ph.D., Director, Process Chemistry Research, Eli Lily and Company

Where the Trillion Dollar Opportunities Lie and How We Will Solve Humanity’s Grand Challenges
Vivek Wadwah, Director of Research, Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization and Exec in Residence, Pratt, School of Engineering, Duke University, Vice President of Academics and Innovation, Singularity University

Research + Innovation=Wellness: Creating the Next Frontier of Patient Adherence
Denise Fletcher, Chief Innovation Officer, Healthcare Payer & Pharma, Xerox PAR

Business Models that Separate Leading Companies from Followers
Alexander Osterwalder, Author, Business Model Generation

Innovating with Customers in the Health and Wellness Space
Mark Ciesko and Jonathan Polhamus, GE Healthcare – Global Design

Permission to Think “Outside the Can”: The Leader as Curator of the Innovation Culture
Denise Morrison, President & CEO, Campbell Soup Company

Ready for Healthcare Anywhere?
Joe Shields, Global Strategic Marketing & NPD, Johnson & Johnson

Visit the website or Download the brochure for full details.

The Front End of Innovation is a transformational experience, one that cannot be replicated. Innovation cannot happen in a vacuum – come be inspired and informed at FEI Wellness 2013.

Ensure the outcomes you need.

FIRESTARTERS: Creative Business Models

FIRESTARTERS is one of the five learning formats used in the three concurrent workshop streams during the FEI EMEA conference. In this format three industry leaders present a 10 minute presentation  on different areas of the same topic, followed by 15 minute of joint Q&A. I really liked this format - it kept everything moving along really quickly, provided three different perspectives, and worked well.

We had Rudi Broos from Alcatel-Lucent, Scout Herremans from Air France KLM, and Mike Addison from Procter & Gamble talking on 'Creative Business Models'.

Rudi (@rudibroos) presented an update on the Alcatel-Lucent Intrapreneurial Boot Camp and how the pilot programme had shifted from being a local initiative, to attracting the attention of global management. This four month programme was focused on generating ideas. Some of the key lessons he provided out of their experience was the importance of having the full innovation life cycle in place, the right funding and decision making already sorted, and he reiterated that people were most important in making it work.

Scout provided a slightly different view with the KLM 'BlueChallenge' programme that is targeted at the 9,000 crew on board to find ideas out of a four week 'challenge'. They have run three challenges to date, with a challenge more about a specific issue or opportunity than just general idea generation.

Mike then talked about the Procter & Gamble 'Future Works' experience. Here a corporate incubator was established to explore channels and services that were outside the core business of P&G. Some of the key elements of this model was that: the areas of investigation were determined from the top, reporting was to the top team, the focus was on killer issues, and an idea was "nothing without a partner". Mike stressed the difference in this model and an 'ideas shop', and that real businesses had come out of this initiative.

The Q&A was well used, with it again coming out that CEO commitment is essential for any of these models to work, and focus is important - you will always generate many more ideas than you can work with.

Dr Claire McGowan is founding Director of Commercialisation Advisors Limited (COMMA) and been actively involved in technology commercialisation and investment. She has a PhD in Molecular Microbiology and MBA from Otago University, Dunedin, New Zealand. She has experience in the venture capital and investment banking industries, as well as personally building and growing companies. Her passion is in assisting entrepreneurs and inventors to build successful companies. She achieves this through her board roles on research and investment organisations and IP Market, as well as her Chair role with The Executive Connection (TEC). @clairemcgowan @ipmarket

Monday, March 11, 2013

The 6 Most Important Steps to Building an Internal Innovation Culture

These 6 steps come to us via Budco. How do you build an innovation culture? Any other critical steps or requirements to add here? Tell us below.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

How does Eli Lilly Plan and Design for the Future?

Pharmaceutical and healthcare companies are expected to increase innovation and R&D spending by more than $7 billion in 2013.*

Many argue that innovation has peaked, and that the best days are behind us. At FEI Wellness: Front End of Innovation Wellness, we couldn't disagree more. We believe the increased investments that the industry's top companies will make this year are indicative that this will be the MOST innovative decade in healthcare history.

It’s time to start thinking about healthcare’s innovative future: It's time to start thinking about YOUR innovative future.

Session Spotlight:

Predicting, Planning and Innovating for an Unpredictable Future
Kenneth A. Savin, Ph.D., Director, Process Chemistry Research, Eli Lilly

Making predictions is easy... making accurate predictions is hard. So, how do we make plans to address a changing business environment?

Approaches used to prepare and design for the future will be described. The approaches include specific methods in scenario planning, building a system for innovation and implementing business systems. The methods described can be applied to a variety of situations and are simple for teams to develop and work on together. A special focus will be made for organizations that are dependent upon innovation and operating in an ever more constricted financial and regulated environment.

FEI Wellness: The Front End of Innovation Wellness is built specifically for YOUR industry in a time where solution-focused collaboration is more important than ever. Key stakeholders across the pharma, healthcare and wellness industries will reach across the table to tackle the issues critical to the advancement of the industry.

In addition to Eli Lilly, you'll hear from:

Beacon Health Systems
Center for Connected Health
Children's Hospital Boston
Continue Health Alliance
Eastern Maine Medical Center
GE Healthcare
Johnson & Johnson
Siemens Healthcare
University of Southern California

Download the full brochure for session details. Mention code FEI13BLOG to save 15% off the standard registration rates.

Register today to secure your spot. See you May 6-8 in Boston.

Revitalizing Growth and Innovation in the World's Oldest Innovative Company

Keynote by Sir George Buckley, recently retired CEO for 3M.

Right from the outset Sir George connected with the audience with his quiet humility, and without slides, captured the audience's attention with his stories, statistics and insights.

It is no small task leading a company that has had 'innovation' part of their tagline for the past 30 years, has over 75,000 different products, and produces 1,500 new products a year. Sir George shared how he 'kept people believing', and between 2005 - 2012 quadrupled their innovative output (higher than any other time in company history) with employee satisfaction doubling, and the stock price up 60%.

Used as a tool, we were told how innovation can make your company more competitive, increase shareholder value, and create opportunities for employees - compelling stuff. 3M products are known for performing better and lasting longer. To keep ahead of the competition they look to put 3-4 world-class technologies into a product, not just one.

"If you can't turn the innovation into money in some way, some how, at some time, then it won't be a sustainable innovation."

3M provides 15% free time to employees to explore their ideas. This takes a lot of trust and Sir George stressed the importance of leadership and a deep commitment by the CEO for the right environment to be created.

Dr Claire McGowan is founding Director of Commercialisation Advisors Limited (COMMA) and been actively involved in technology commercialisation and investment. She has a PhD in Molecular Microbiology and MBA from Otago University, Dunedin, New Zealand. She has experience in the venture capital and investment banking industries, as well as personally building and growing companies. Her passion is in assisting entrepreneurs and inventors to build successful companies. She achieves this through her board roles on research and investment organisations and IP Market, as well as her Chair role with The Executive Connection (TEC). @clairemcgowan @ipmarket

Thursday, March 7, 2013

New Webinar: Consumer Centric World Class Innovation in China

In the next decade a more “normal” balance will be restored in the world economy. This might feel “uncomfortable” for people in the west in general, or even multinationals with deep Western roots, as it means not only giving up “power”, but also having to embrace a reality that western “values” and “thinking patterns” are NOT what everybody aspires to.

Within that reality, winning in the developing Eastern Markets is key – and within this innovation is fundamental. In this Shopper Insight in Action 2013 premiere presentation, we'll go over the simple framework of what John has personally learned during 10 years of innovation work in China. The “new” consumers in China will be less “predictable” vs. a more linear western consumer, but key to identify “disruptive” new products or services.

 In this presentation of Consumer Centric World Class Innovation in China:

 • Fun & engagement – and any "future" news bulletin about China will start to make more sense to you.
• Learn how the past 200 years have been really odd in terms of economic distribution – and how it’s moving back to “normality”.
• What really are the 4 “magical” elements behind the incredible economic growth in China. • How the (new) Chinese consumers are really different.
• Why He who “controls" the server has the power….

Date: Thu, Mar 21, 2013 
Time: 08:30 AM EDT 
Duration: 1 hour 

Register here 

Presented by John van der Linden, General Technology Manager, Procter & Gamble Oral Care Asia

John has more than 22 years experience in consumer centric Research & Development with Procter & Gamble. His responsibilities have covered business for most regions of the world, with assignments in Brussels, Guangzhou, Cincinnati and Beijing which provide him with a truly global perspective.

Living more than 10 years in China has given him a true edge in understanding how to best innovate in one of the fastest growing economies in the world. With experience in a wide range of technical disciplines, his passion the last few years has been leading R&D teams to develop strategies based on newly generated consumer insights and linking this with what is technically possible.

This all in close co-leadership with the commercial functions to develop the appropriate business models and product exploitation. In addition, he has a true passion for people and organizational development. This has been recognized within P&G with coach/trainer of the year awards and externally with outstanding feedback from speeches given at Innovation related congresses/workshops.

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