Take a look at the cover story of the January 12 issue of the Economist magazine. Inside, the leading editorial is titled “The Great Innovation Debate.” This refers to a growing belief, among academics and venture capitalists, that anything new that we invent will just not be as important and life-changing as all of the… Read More Is Innovation Dwindling in Importance?
The musician and conductor Butch Morris died Tuesday in Brooklyn at the age of 65. The New York Times obituary* describes him this way: Butch Morris created a distinctive form of large-ensemble music built on collective improvisation that he single-handedly directed and shaped. After several decades playing jazz cornet in LA and New York, Morris… Read More Butch Morris and Conducted Improvisation
My Friday night flight home from the creativity workshop in New Jersey was cancelled due to snow, and I found myself with an unscheduled night in an airport hotel. I was SO glad that I’d brought my usual “necessary travel items,” a list developed from trial and error as I’ve traveled to keynotes, workshops, and… Read More Ten Travel Necessities
Yesterday I did a one-day workshop near Manhattan for a national group of innovation managers (3M, W. L. Gore, P&G…). I do such workshops a lot, but this was the most knowledgeable audience I’ve ever spoken to. These executives live and breathe creativity and innovation. My challenge was to say something they didn’t know already–to give… Read More The Science of Creativity Workshop
Boeing’s new Dreamliner airliner has been in the works for nine years. Everyone in the industry agrees that it is an impressive innovation, a huge leap forward in technology. With the many innovations contained in its design, it will burn less fuel, fly longer distances, and keep passengers more comfortable. The market has spoken in… Read More Innovation Is Messy: Boeing’s Dreamliner Story
Take a look at this fascinating graphic (click on the link, it’s a pdf): A Fabric of Learning in Spaces 2013 (developed by the architecture firm SRG and Jeanne Narum of the Learning Spaces Collaboratory) At the left, you’ll see a list of 21st century skills, including Adaptability, Collaboration, and Innovation. At the top, you’ll… Read More Learning Spaces and 21st Century Skills
In this weekend’s Wall Street Journal,* Alex Foege is critical of “tinkering time”. My ears perked up, because this is a common practice at some of the most innovative companies. It means you give each employee a small percentage of each week to dedicate to their own pet projects. W. L. Gore gives each worker… Read More Tinkering Toward Innovation
I just finished watching Obama’s second inaugural address. My first reaction was: How do you get to be the poet who reads at the inauguration? (Go Richard Blanco!) My second reaction was, Kelly Clarkson and Beyonce really nailed it. As a creativity and innovation researcher, I ask myself, is Barack Obama the kind of leader… Read More Inaugural Edition: Is Obama an Innovative Leader?
Fast Company Magazine writer Anya Kamenetz published an innovative feature titled “Building a Better Brainstorm” in the February 2013 issue. She interviewed me and also several other experts on group creativity, including Bob Sutton, Gerard Puccio, and Charlan Nemeth. Then she edited and blended together our statements with quotations from our books, and then added… Read More Building a Better Brainstorm
Who knew? You can paint, draw, and even sculpt on an ordinary toilet seat lid. Today’s Wall Street Journal* features artist Barney Smith, who’s created over 1,000 pieces of toilet seat art. Here’s a photo of his museum in Alamo Heights, Texas. The museum is free, and gets about a thousand visitors every year…including school… Read More Toilet Lid Art