Innovation

Ya hafta laugh

Hope Cristol, the author of an article bashing futurism in Wired magazine touted “risk analysis” as the true way to assess future possibilities. She said, “We now have a plethora of niche consultants and a booming field called risk analysis, which uses proven actuarial methods.” So it’s with great sour-grapes pleasure I report an item from today’s news. Mad cow ...

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Sometimes Innovation focus goes too far

Who first brought to market these breakthrough products: Graphical User Interface Computers and Personal Digital Assistants? Microsoft (Windows) and Palm? Nope… Apple Computers. Apple is reknown for its product and design innovation, the iPod being the latest design marvel. But the company has never reaped the benefits of these innovations, getting creamed in the marketplace by others: Apple’s products are ...

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Uh-oh! Is FI Space doomed?

A recent opinion-piece in Wired magazine is titled flatly: “Futurism is Dead.” The article condemns the field of futurism and the World Future Society in particular as failures because the record of predictions from professional futurists has been so bad. The great irony is that there has been no publication with as many articles over the past 10 to 15 ...

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Getting the ideas across

The most central role in helping ideas take root, however, is that of the idea practitioner—someone who has developed a “practice” of idea implementation, a task that’s much harder than idea generation. Idea practitioners determine what makes sense for their companies, modify the ideas to suit their needs, and mobilize their organizations to make those real. In many cases, they’re ...

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