Change behavior, choice, and the interaction: Innovation for the purposes of fun

This great fun theory video shows us the results of innovating for the purposes of making something more fun. Many of us want to change behavior, the decisions people make, and how they interact or engage with our product, service, program or message. One idea…make it more fun. A key question to ask in your…

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Visualizing, Storyboarding, Whiteboarding, & Showing How Great Ideas Happen

This is a great example of an emerging way to explain something by visualizing it on a whiteboard. Taking notes like this is so much more engaging for the brain to remember and connect with what was spoken or read. This is one of the best visualizations or animations of a book talk that I…

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New “3 Cs” Innovation Learning Workshop Program at the University of Wisconsin

I’ve been developing a lot of online workshops and webinars over the past few years but nothing is better for innovating than a LIVE group of people. Many organization know innovation systems and processes but they need to increase innovation soft skills. This new interactive and inventive program I’ve been developing is launching at the…

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How to Encourage Creative Thinking: Developing experiential training activities to teach the innovator’s DNA

My favorite innovation articles are those that focus on which capacities we need to cultivate to become better innovators personally. Innovation processes and systems are excellent but learning how to develop our own innovation skills is truly compelling because it is personal. Plus, much of the innovation chatter in organizations now is shifting from adopting…

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The Innovation & Collaboration Learning Cafe from UW MANIAC

The University of Wisconsin has a very interesting group that is advancing innovation learning on campus and in the Madison community. I first got involved as a speaker at one of the Innovation & Collaboration Learning Cafes and became hooked every since. The people are amazing, the activities engaging, and the learning is enriching. More…

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Teach Creativity, Not Memorization & The Creative Campus

 The Chronicle of Higher Education has done what many other publications have been doing. They are publishing articles that are shining the light on the need to teach creativity and innovation to students in our educational system. This October 2010 issue featured two articles raising attention to our need for creativity to teach creativity and…

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Innovating Healthcare: Motivating Speech from Patch Adams can inspire Medical Innovation

My friend returned from a healthcare conference really motivated from the keynote speaker, Patch Adams. You may remember the Robin Williams movie of the same name. Patch has been innovating healthcare for years in simple ways and his story is inspiring and can bring about new ideas for some our current healthcare problems. Problems equal…

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Innovation and Improvement of the Office by leaving it: Co-working at “Studio”

Work where the action is. Innovate and improve your workplace by leaving it one day a week.

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A+ TED Talks Video: Steven Johnson’s Where Good Ideas Come From

This Ted Talk from Steven Johnson is one of the best. He is right on the money with educating people where the great ideas actually do come from…not eureka moments but rather collaborative ongoing processes. He also is expert at communicating his ideas with stories, metaphors, and visuals.

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The Jam Session: Innovating Networking to be more Facilitated

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Short & Quick Personal Brainstorm Example

I have been getting requests to show what a quick brainstorm could be like that an individual could do as a part of their normal work. If you have a short amount of time and just one question…what could you do? Opportunities for more ideas and personal brainstorming pop up all the time. We have…

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The IDEO Nightline Special: The most memorable innovation video ever.

Whenever I have described to people what it is that I do, I always expect them to ask me if I’ve seen a Nightline special about the shopping cart. It has happened time and time again. The Nightline Special these people are speaking of is this video about an organization in Silicon Valley called IDEO.…

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Kauffman Foundation program could help innovate learning and education at a grand scale

This press release speaks to an innovation in improving education at the national level. Foundation sponsored programs like this that provide training, knowledge, network, resources, and some founder salary could encourage new innovations to improve education.

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Innovate how you communicate text: Design a visual collection of words

How we communicate our ideas and concepts is an important opportunity for us to innovate. We want people to be engaged with and remember what we are communicating to them. We want to engage their mind. Typically we all have a series of words or text that describes our idea or concept that we want…

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Learning the Important Adaptive Leadership Skills: Education for Innovation & Creativity

It seems like the perfect storm has been approaching in regards to creativity & innovation education. Two major articles have hit the news. The first is a Fast Company article about an IBM study that identified creativity as the most important leadership skill for the future, a skill we need to cultivate in a wide…

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