Excellent podcast on innovation

Disruption is a word worn thin by overuse. “Verbal inflation”, Michael Raynor (a long-time collaborator of Clayton Christensen) calls the effect in this Andreessen Horowitz podcast where he talks about his work on disruption theory and how to apply it to planning and prediction (also covered in his book The Innovator’s Manifesto). Podcast: a16z: Holy Non Sequiturs, Batman:…… Continue reading Excellent podcast on innovation

Big data in a historical context

Excellent stuff from Alan Patrick on his Broadstuff blog, talking about the 70s, 80s and 90s versions of big data – or “data”, they were calling it back then… And you know what – you just cannot simulate the minute operation laden details of a shop floor or logistics network reliably. No matter how big…… Continue reading Big data in a historical context

More disruption, please

Large companies can innovate, but to do so they must consciously remain open to new actors or counterintuitively disrupt existing relationships to force the formation of new ones. Neil Perkin More disruptive innovation, please. That’s what I’m hearing increasingly both in clearly, passionately argued commentaries on blogs and in meetings and conversations with clients and…… Continue reading More disruption, please

Team GB Cycling and the magic of marginal gains

Over the summer I developed a bit of an obsession with Team GB Cycling, like a lot of people. How did they become so successful? So successful that the game for a lot of the other athletes became how to stop Team GB winning, the spiteful whelps… Dave Brailsford cuts an interesting figure as a…… Continue reading Team GB Cycling and the magic of marginal gains

Firestarters: Adil Abrar on “minimum viable technology”

At the Firestarters event at Google ton Wednesday, we got to hear three fascinating talks on entrepreneurship (a topic naturally very close to my heart, being 6 weeks or so into the first year of Brilliant Noise’s new phase). I may not have time to write everything up, but here are some notes on the…… Continue reading Firestarters: Adil Abrar on “minimum viable technology”

Storytelling with sound, Paul Bennun and Nick Ryan – Notes from The Story Part 4

Another perspective on storytelling came from game designer Paul Bennun and sound designer and composer Nick Ryan, who collaborated most recently on the intriguing iPhone game, Papa Sangre. They set out to discuss the “special relationship between sound and storytelling”. Papa Sangre, if you haven’t seen is set in a pitch black underworld and you…… Continue reading Storytelling with sound, Paul Bennun and Nick Ryan – Notes from The Story Part 4

Innovation in news: Al-Jazeera Labs

Fascinating to see how Arabic and English news service Al Jazeera is approaching the innovation imperative with its Al Jazeera Labs project. In the first couple of months of this year the company has rolled out many deals and pilots in interesting areas, according to a great report on Journalism.co.uk. I’m especially intrigued by things…… Continue reading Innovation in news: Al-Jazeera Labs

Strategy and innovation: Head for the edge

Business thinkers John Seely Brown and John Hagel are always worth listening to. Their perspectives on innovation and concepts like FAST Strategy have not only resonated as theories for me in recent years but have given practical, effective models for the work we’ve been doing at iCrossing, especially in “edge” areas like social media research,…… Continue reading Strategy and innovation: Head for the edge

Do Tanks

Sometimes I think I would like to work for a think tank. Sounds like my kind of thing, all that thinking.  Imagine. Get into work, sit down and have a ruddy good think. Lovely.  Something niggles me, though. The last couple of years have taught me the about the power of doing as much as…… Continue reading Do Tanks