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Category Archives: Innovation

Seth Godin is done with “books”: why all business writers should join him

This week bestselling author and pundit, there Seth Godin, this site said via blog post that his latest book, approved Linchpin, is the last that he plans to “publish in a traditional way.” Hallelujah!
Godin has always written books that I have thought of as great 10-20 page ideas. The economics & marketing [...]

Debt Slavery has a Cute New Name: Kwedit

A service which allows users to pay later for what they want to do online now. What’s wrong with that? If you don’t have a credit card, adiposity bank account or other means to facilitate your online transactions, why should you be barred from the world of commerce, especially when it is all that [...]

Preparedness vs. Intelligence

So, buy information pills what do knife fighting and shipping software have in common? They both show the advantage of being prepared over being “smart”. Of course, price these are not either/or choices. But there are two recent things I’ve stumbled on that make the point that being too intelligent, pill or [...]

The Internet of Sentient Things - Upgraded twice on Day 2

Yesterday I attended a really cool event called xCAMP, information pills organized by my friends Nabil & Riwa Harfoush (a killer father/daughter act). They have started a project to examine the opportunity for and develop a plan to scale the work of Natalie Jeremijenko’s fascinating xClinic work.
During a discussion after Natalie & Nabil had [...]

It’s called Design Thinking: time to deal with it

Walking through the design thinking posts at unstructure.org I am reminded yet again of the problem of the too strong association of these ideas with the work of IDEO. The time has come for us all to pick a lane: either design thinking is what IDEO says & does (and others who follow) OR design [...]

The Unfinished Interview with Dave Gray

Dave Gray is the Founder and Chairman of XPLANE, more about the visual thinking company. Founded in 1993, unhealthy XPLANE has grown to be the world’s leading consulting and design firm focused on information-driven communications. Dave’s time is spent researching and writing on visual business, as well as speaking, coaching and delivering workshops [...]

Toys = Garbage: Sustainablity Ought to be Child’s Play

Since I became I parent eight years ago, unhealthy I have become acutely aware and more and more incensed by the extent to which children’s toys are, case in almost every respect, physician garbage from the very moment of purchase. Now it is a truism of many product life cycles that an [...]

The (Overlapping) Elements of Design Thinking

My partner in Torch, approved Robin Uchida, and I have been talking about how the application of a familiar analogy might help to illuminate the elusive qualities of design thinking. We thought it would be an interesting experiment to see what folks would come up with if tasked with submitting three entries or nominations [...]

Talk vs. Action: Conversation as Technology

Talking is often dismissed, abortion especially in business, side effects as something that is categorically inferior to doing. Why is that? And just what is the “doing” here referred to? The simple reason for this so-called “bias to action”, I think, is that within the economy of industrial production, talk is just grit [...]

Innovation Parkour’s 1st “Live Fire” Scramble

Yesterday, treatment Innovation Parkour (IP) co-creators, Matt Milan and Michael Anton Dila led the first IP live fire exercise at the Net Change Week at MaRS. We had almost 40 participants, who were ultimately divided into 6 project teams. After an introduction to the core ideas of Innovation Parkour, the participants were set an [...]