Innovation Excellence Weekly

 

   


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We love to make the festive season, innovation season, by compiling our list of the Top 40 Innovation Bloggers of 2012. It gives us a chance to recognize some of the outstanding work of our contributing authors and to discover some new writers. Vote for your favorite on our blog, or on Twitter, or on Facebook or on Linkedin.


   
  
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Crowdsourcing is not just for new entrants challenging established players; the latter can also leverage crowdsourcing to their advantage, enabling users to design new products and testing the demand at the same time.

And for the younger generation, this is simply a normal way of doing things. That's the key lesson I learned this morning as I heard my youngest son explain the genesis of his Lego Minecraft set.

 

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If there's a poster child for innovation, it's most likely Thomas Edison. And if there's a slogan scrawled across his poster, it's probably his often-cited quote, I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work", which is generally believed to relate to his work on the light bulb.


 

So the Pope plans to tweet. Which makes him, at age 85, more savvy about digital content than most Fortune 500 CEOs.

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Presentation of the Week

I went to New York to attend Material ConneXion's IGNITION launch. IGNITION is a new premium membership designed to jump start disruptive innovation opportunities via hands on participation, cross-pollination of ideas, and curated stimuli based on research, market insights, and cutting-edge Science. See the Presentation



Together we approach the end of 2012. Twelve Twelve Twelve had such a nice ring to it! Then December 14th broke our collective hearts as we watched the events in Newtown unfold, destroying lives and so much of the joy of the season.




 
Video of the Week

THE SUPER SUPERCAPACITOR is a Finalist in the $200,000 FOCUS FORWARD Filmmaker Competition and is in the running to become the $100,000 Grand Prize Winner. Ric Kaner set out to find a new way to make graphene, the thinnest and strongest material on earth. What he found was a new way to power the world.
  



The toy company Mattel is well known for its Barbie doll brand. They need a constant stream of internal innovations to build on this success. So Ivy Ross, Senior VP of Girls Toy Design set up something she called Project Platypus. Read more



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