IBM have just published their annual “5 in 5″ predictions about what may be to come inn 5 years time. This year they have focused on what information will enable us all to do in the future (which is after all at the heart of their business). The predictions are interesting reading as always and you can find a good summary here. Read more »
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Is Pantone’s choice of Emerald (Pantone reference 17-5641) an inspired read of cultural shifts and green shoots of recovery or a slightly naive hope for the coming year? [Read about the different meanings of green here.] Read more »
“All is for the best in the best of all possible worlds.” from Candide by Voltaire
“Cheddar cheese and pickle, the Vincent motorsickle
Slap and tickle
Woody Allen, Dali, Dimitri and Pasquale
balabalabala and Volare
Something nice to study, phoning up a buddy
Being in my nuddy
Saying hokey-dokey, singalonga Smokey
Coming out of chokey
Reasons to be cheerful part 3” – Ian Dury & the Blockheads
“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realise how close they were to success when they gave up.” - Thomas Edison
Football fans will enjoy an article by Gregg Fraley, which I saw yesterday after writing on the same theme. He writes about the importance of expecting and accepting failure and of persistence in achieving your innovation goals (remember Nikola Tesla’s description of Thomas Edison). I like the description of experimentation as planned failure and learning, and of thinking beyond getting things perfect every time. Psychologists and others have shown that we learn more from mistakes than from failure – we all know that failure is more likely to change our future behaviour than success!
“None of my inventions came by accident. I see a worthwhile need to be met and I make trial after trial until it comes. What is boils down to is one per cent inspiration and ninety-nine per cent perspiration.” – Thomas Edison
“If Edison had a needle in a haystack, he would proceed at once with the diligence of the bee to examine straw after straw until he found the object of his search. … I was a sorry witness of such doings, knowing that a little theory and calculation would have saved him ninety percent of his labor.” – Nikola Tesla
“The real voyage of discovery consists, not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” - Marcel Proust
“Man cannot discover new oceans, unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – Andre Gide
“Nature herself makes the wise man rich.” Cicero
“We still do not know one-thousandth of one percent of what nature has revealed to us.” Albert Einstein
I had a wonderful break in Japan recently, and spent most time exploring Kyoto’s beautiful gardens and charming back streets (as well as a good quota of temples of course). There are many scenic gardens in the city – public and private, small and large – all beautifully designed and maintained. They are a perfect place for contemplation, which was often their original function. Indeed one of the more beautiful paths along the canal is called the “Philosopher’s Walk” and must be stunning in the full force of the April blossoms (I was a little early for this).
“Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
In a very elegantly written book,, Matthew E. May argues that less is more in all aspects of life. In The Pursuit of Elegance, he develops four key themes, which lead to more elegant solutions to all kinds of problems: symmetry, seduction, subtraction and sustainability.
A great way to start this learning log is to discuss how innovation practice is being disrupted by the emergence of new markets in Asia and other developing regions of the world. Truly disruptive innovation has always been based on finding new uses and new markets for new products rather than developing better and better delivery of existing products to existing customers (read Clayton Christensen for a detailed introduction to disruptive innovation). As emerging markets develop, they present huge new markets for products, but with consumers whose needs can be very different from those in existing developed markets. That is, they present a huge opportunity for disruptive innovation.