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Innovation Inspiration

Inspiring stories of innovation from around the world, in many different sectors. Looking further afield might just provide a lightbulb moment for your organisation, or perhaps just a little motivation.

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  • 14-Mar-2017 9:49 AM | Kimberley White (Administrator)

    A partnership between Levi’s and Google has yielded the Jacquard, a denim jacket with technology woven into the fabric.

    Once paired to a smartphone via Bluetooth, the jacket allows the wearer to control key functions with just a brush or tap of the cuff. A double tap with two fingers, for example, starts or stops music.

    Read more here.

  • 15-Dec-2016 4:18 PM | Kimberley White (Administrator)

    When Alexander Fleming, a brilliant but sometimes careless scientist, returned to his lab after a summer holiday in 1928, he found his work ruined. A bacteria culture he had been growing was contaminated by fungus and, as it grew, it killed all the colonies it touched.

    Most people would have simply started over, but Fleming switched his focus from the bacteria to the fungus itself. First, identified the mold and the bacteria-killing substance, which he called “penicillin,” then he tested it on other bacteria cultures. Seemingly in a single stroke, Fleming had created the new field of antibiotics.

    That’s how most people see innovation. A flash of brilliance and Eureka!, a new world is born. The truth is far messier. In fact, it wasn’t until 1943—nearly two decades later—that penicillin came into widespread use and only then because it was accelerated by the war effort. We need to discard old myths and deal with innovation as it really happens.

    Read original article here.

  • 12-Dec-2016 4:17 PM | Kimberley White (Administrator)

    Fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi spins through a dizzying array of inspirations — from '50s pinups to a fleeting glimpse of a woman on the street who makes him shout "Stop the cab!" Inside this rambling talk are real clues to living a happy, creative life.

    Listen to his TED Talk here.

  • 08-Aug-2016 4:10 PM | Kimberley White (Administrator)

    People often credit their ideas to individual "Eureka!" moments. But Steven Johnson shows how history tells a different story. His fascinating tour takes us from the "liquid networks" of London's coffee houses to Charles Darwin's long, slow hunch to today's high-velocity web.

    Listen to his TED Talk here.

  • 27-Jun-2016 4:20 PM | Kimberley White (Administrator)

    Tan Le's astonishing new computer interface reads its user's brainwaves, making it possible to control virtual objects, and even physical electronics, with mere thoughts (and a little concentration). She demos the headset, and talks about its far-reaching applications

    Listen to her TED Talk here.

  • 14-Mar-2016 12:17 PM | Kimberley White (Administrator)

    Sonic geometry and how it is linked with weaving...

    "Silence is the fabric upon which notes are woven."

    Watch this interesting video here.

  • 27-Feb-2016 4:11 PM | Kimberley White (Administrator)

    How do creative people come up with great ideas? Organizational psychologist Adam Grant studies "originals": thinkers who dream up new ideas and take action to put them into the world. In this talk, learn three unexpected habits of originals — including embracing failure. "The greatest originals are the ones who fail the most, because they're the ones who try the most," Grant says. "You need a lot of bad ideas in order to get a few good ones."

    Listen to his TED Talk here.

  • 04-Feb-2016 4:15 PM | Kimberley White (Administrator)

    Nothing is original, says Kirby Ferguson, creator of Everything is a Remix. From Bob Dylan to Steve Jobs, he says our most celebrated creators borrow, steal and transform.

    Listen to his TED Talk here.

  • 03-Jan-2016 4:07 PM | Kimberley White (Administrator)

    The great advances mankind has enjoyed in health, prosperity, food production and longevity are largely taken for granted. But they are remarkable. Around one billion people have been taken out of extreme poverty in the last 20 years. The march of progress in technology is astounding – the computing power in your mobile phone is many times that which first put men on the moon. Science, innovation, entrepreneurship and global free trade have raised prosperity, education, and opportunity around the world. The incidence of war is at much lower levels than in previous centuries. But we have a natural tendency to focus on the problems. Bad news features in our media because it grabs attention much more easily than steady progress.

    The biggest environmental problem in 1900 was not air pollution or climate change. It was horse dung. In London alone there were an estimated 300,000 horses pulling carts, cabs, and buses. The muck piled up in the streets causing bad odours and health risks. Urban authorities were unable to come up with an effective solution. But within 10 years the problem disappeared as the internal combustion engine replaced the horse.

    Read original article here.

  • 02-Jan-2016 4:04 PM | Kimberley White (Administrator)

    Steve Jobs built—and then revived—Apple by fusing technology with design. IBM has remained a top player in its industry for roughly a century by investing in research that is often a decade ahead of its time. Facebook “moves fast and maintains a stable infrastructure” (but apparently doesn’t break things anymore).

    Each of these companies, in its own way, is a superior innovator. But what makes Google (now officially known as Alphabet) different is that it doesn’t rely on any one strategy, but deploys a number of them to create an intricate—but powerful—innovation ecosystem that seems to roll out innovations by the dozens.

    The company is, of course, a massive enterprise, with $75 billion in revenues, over 60,000 employees and a dizzying array of products, from the core search business and the android operating system to nascent businesses like autonomous cars. So to better understand how Google innovates, I took a look at close look what it’s doing in one area: Deep Learning.

    Read original article here.

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