We currently place a lot of emphasis on the digital gadgets we own.
What if we were looking at the wrong paradigm and it’s not about the form factor or the physical object?
What if instead was all about what we wanted to do and achieve?
Welcome to the world of Invoked Computing from the University of Tokyo.
Think of the consequences…
1. All the stuff we could get rid of.
2. The environmental benefits of doing that
3. The lamented demise of the electronics product designer and product design (via Core 77)
The book is dead. Long live the book.
Founded in September 2006 by James Bridle, booktwo.org exists to investigate, analyse, catalogue and debate the future of literature and the publishing industry.
Booktwo.org was founded out of a frustration with the failure of trade publishing to engage with new media and technology, a frustration reflected in the first essay: Birth Pangs of a new Literature. Over time, the industry has started to change, but booktwo.org continues to champion and challenge new literary forms and new publishing models.
James Bridle worked in a number of roles within and outside the publishing industry, from publicity and marketing to editorial, and from online strategy to web application development and production. His personal site can be found at shorttermmemoryloss.com.
When we hear a success story like Mark Zuckerberg’s our brains take note of the possibility that we too may become immensely rich one day. But hearing that the odds of divorce are almost 1 in 2 tends not to make us think that our own marriages may be destined to fail.
(Illustration by Noma Bar)
Amy Radin became one of America’s first Chief Innovation Officers when Citigroup appointed her to the role in 2005. She is currently Chief Innovation officer at E*E*Trade Financial, the leading online discount stock brokerage. (via innovationmanagement.se)
A tangible corporate structure is becoming less necessary for delivering goods and services to consumers, so there’s more pressure on established businesses to embrace technology.
The key to success is to fail fast and fail cheap; harvest the learnings and move on.
Innovation is not a one-year return on investment, or time…. you should probably take a 24-36 month view.
- Establish a pipeline or portfolio of bets approach.
- Focus on understanding potential market/universe size and unit-level business model/economics, not a full P&L statement early on.
- Make the effort to uncover real market needs within the universe of people whom you would like to serve, and stay relentlessly focused on delivering them.
- Engage all functions in the organization as early on as possible. People want to be included, and helping them see what is going on along the way is invaluable.
- Don’t automatically apply traditional business process to innovation – it needs to be faster, more iterative, and is inherently different than how companies may approach running a well-oiled machine.
- Don’t underestimate the criticality of leadership and culture. These will make or break your success. This includes fully-engaging the CEO in your innovation efforts.
Key characteristics of good people in the innovation space:
- Left brain/right brain thinkers
- Bias for execution and getting things done
- The wiring of a start up employee combined with a healthy respect for the benefits of being in an established company (brand, resources, talent, expertise, franchise)
- Leadership ability, which includes influence, communications, teamwork, collaboration
- Ability to embrace ambiguity and not get flustered by it
Where some people hear noise, Jeong Ho You hears energy. “Acoustic energy is everywhere,” he says. And with the help of a tiny resonating chamber, he wants to trap some of that energy and convert it into a low-amperage current for use in small electronic devices. You, a mechanical engineer at Southern Methodist University, in Dallas, will be presenting the results of a computer simulation of a resonating chamber design at next month’s Acoustical Society of America meeting in Seattle. He then plans to build a device to see how his idea holds up in the lab. Read more…
This is the first of two video sketches illustrating some of the ideas and principles behind Dentsu London’s communications strategy Making Future Magic.
This is part of a collaboration between Dentsu London and BERG. You can read more about both films at Dentsu London’s blog bit.ly/mediasurfaces and on BERG’s blog here bit.ly/incidentalmedia and here bit.ly/thejourney_ms