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Crowd-Accelerated Innovation">Crowd-Accelerated Innovation

December 29th, 2010 · No Comments · innovation & management

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Chris Ander­son taught me a new concept: Crowd-Accel­er­ated Innov­a­tion.
Three thing are needed for this:

  • a (big) crowd,
  • light (open vis­ib­il­ity)
  • and desire.
  • This is most eas­ily achieved by util­ising web video such as You­Tube, where it is pos­sible to real­ise glob­al innov­a­tion. It is how­ever my strong belief that the concept of crowd-accel­er­ated innov­a­tion is applic­able also to smal­ler groups such as com­pan­ies, uni­ver­sit­ies and oth­er organ­isa­tions. There are sev­er­al reas­ons against open­ness in many organ­isa­tions; it may be fear (don’t upset the boss — I might lose my bonus), per­son­al power (my know­ledge gives me my pos­i­tion) or many oth­er reas­ons. Real innov­a­tion is so much easi­er achieved in a truly open cli­mate.

    Watch Chris Anderson’s TED talk here:

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    What is a book, actually?">What is a book, actually?

    October 19th, 2010 · No Comments · eBooks & eReaders

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    I believe that the book as an arte­fact has a very strong notion with most people. “I would nev­er read a book on a crappy screen” may still today be heard from a major­ity of people. IDEO has recently pub­lished a video show­ing three dif­fer­ent con­cepts of future book design. Of course they are presen­ted on an iPad-look­ing device. Watch this video and judge for your­self. My think­ing is that we some time in the not so far away future will look at today’s books with the same kind of fas­cin­a­tion we see the Dead Sea Scrolls.

    The Future of the Book. from IDEO on Vimeo.

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    Things poorly designed">Things poorly designed

    September 12th, 2010 · No Comments · creativity

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    Seth God­in at Gel 2006 from Gel Con­fer­ence on Vimeo.
    Seth presents a long list of reas­ons why things are broken or merely poorly designed. Some broken things may be fixed, oth­ers not. It is as always very enter­tain­ing and reward­ing to listen to Seth, but I espe­cially like his dis­cus­sion on things broken by pur­pose. It may be wise to real­ise that some stu­pid signs maybe were designed to grab your atten­tion.

    My favour­ite among his many examples is this sign:

    Check out Seth’s Blog at http://​seth​god​in​.type​pad​.com/

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    iPad and Kindle Reading Speeds">iPad and Kindle Reading Speeds

    August 4th, 2010 · No Comments · printing & publishing

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    In one of his What­They­Think Videos, Frank Romano aler­ted me on an inter­est­ing study on the usab­il­ity of eBooks. The ori­gin­al art­icle was from Jakob Nielsen’s Alert­box, July 2, 2010.  It was a fairly small study com­pris­ing only 24 people. Each per­son was tried on four read­ing con­di­tions: a prin­ted book, a PC, an iPad, and a Kindle 2.

    The text was a short story by Ern­est Hem­ing­way, which accord­ing to Frank is easy to read, because it’s all simple sen­tences, vir­tu­ally no semi­colons, no em-dashes, it is basic writ­ing.  The res­ult was that read­ing the e-book ver­sion was slightly slower than read­ing the print. Both the iPad and the Kindle rated as high in terms of sat­is­fac­tion as the prin­ted book.  But the test per­sons were not happy with the PC — read­ing a PC felt like being at work.  The con­clu­sion is that well-designed eBook read­ers provide as good a read­ing envir­on­ment as the prin­ted book. With the strong devel­op­ment of tab­lets, there is obvi­ously a strong future for eBooks. This future is maybe already here, since Amazon recently repor­ted that Kindle books are out­selling prin­ted books.

    The prin­ted book may still be pre­ferred on the beach

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    Innovation is not a big issue in the paper industry">Innovation is not a big issue in the paper industry

    July 7th, 2010 · No Comments · Uncategorized

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    RISI recently pub­lished their list of the top 50 movers and shakers of the paper industry. The list com­prises the usu­al sus­pects, but also a few amus­ing sur­prises. No. 5 on the list is Steve Jobs, since Apple’s products have changed con­sumer beha­vi­or faster than any oth­er. The only innov­at­or from with­in the paper industry is Mikael Lind­ström of Innven­tia at No. 42.

    If there is one thing the pulp and paper industry needs in the 21st cen­tury, it is innov­a­tion. It must find new ways and new products to make — not just simply turn­ing pulp into the com­mod­ity of paper.
    For­tu­nately there are some very able and cre­at­ive brains on the case. One of them is Mikael Lind­ström, adjunct pro­fess­or, and research man­ager at Sweden’s Innven­tia, a research insti­tute work­ing for the pulp, paper and pack­aging indus­tries. Since 1998, Lind­ström has been the seni­or research man­ager, for the New Mater­i­als and Com­pos­ites divi­sion as well as a “prin­cip­al invest­ig­at­or” for bio­mi­met­ic fiber engin­eer­ing.
    Lind­ström has developed a concept for integ­rated mater­i­als — Hier­arch­ic Design — using pulp as one of the major ingredi­ents which has been presen­ted both at sci­entif­ic con­fer­ences and twice dur­ing the pres­ti­gi­ous Design Week in Mil­an. This included mar­ket pulp pro­du­cer Södra’s Paru­pu children’s chair and a design­er lamp, both made out of DuraPulp. The lamp has very recently won Sweden’s biggest and most pres­ti­gi­ous design prize, Design S. The bi-annu­al award is gran­ted by the Swedish Design Asso­ci­ation.
    Mikael Lind­ström, Innven­tia innov­at­or

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    Increasing innovative work behaviour">Increasing innovative work behaviour

    June 29th, 2010 · No Comments · innovation & management

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    An old friend of mine actu­ally reads my blog and gives me com­ments via e-mail. After read­ing about the Linch­pin story, he gave me a link to Gisela Jönsson’s inter­est­ing blog. What really caught my eye was an intriguing short ver­sion of her thes­is on Factors explain­ing innov­at­ive beha­viour of employ­ees. So I embed­ded the prezi here. Enjoy!

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    Just do it…">Just do it…

    June 9th, 2010 · No Comments · innovation & management

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    Seth God­in tells us (tells me!) to do things — not only think­ing of things.
    Click to watch the video (sorry for the 30s ad in the begin­ning).

    LINCHPIN So I am read­ing his book Linch­pin.
    May this change me into a real doer?

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    Print is Eternal — or…">Print is Eternal — or…

    April 28th, 2010 · No Comments · printing & publishing, trends & scenarios

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    The fol­low­ing is the first few lines in a hil­ari­ous dis­cus­sion between more or less extinct media types.

    Mod­er­at­or: Wel­come to Obsol­ete Anonym­ous! I’ve gathered you all here to wel­come our latest mem­ber, the Print Industry.
    Print Industry: Hello, every­one. But there’s been a mis­take. I don’t belong here.
    (chuckles all around)
    Print Industry: I’m ser­i­ous. I’m not obsol­ete. I’m rel­ev­ant. Print books have been around for hun­dreds of years. They’re nev­er going to be replaced.
    VHS Tapes: Yeah, we all thought like that once.
    LP Records: It’s called deni­al. It’s tough to deal with at first.

    You can read the full text at A Newbie’s Guide to Pub­lish­ing. Thanks to Patrick Henry at the Print CEO blog for the alert.

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    Johnny kicks ass at last day on the job…">Johnny kicks ass at last day on the job…

    January 31st, 2010 · 1 Comment · innovation & management

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    Johnny Johns­son was cel­eb­rat­ing his last day at work with a three-hour present­a­tion of his achieve­ments as com­pany doc­tor at Stora Enso Fors over a peri­od of more than 20 years. Dur­ing the first 10 years, Fors became the health­i­est com­pany in Sweden. In 2004, he was presen­ted with a medal by the Swedish king His Majesty Carl XVI Gust­af.
    His impres­sion of the recent devel­op­ment in the Stora Enso group was how­ever less than pos­it­ive. Cent­ral­isa­tion and efforts to cre­ate a glob­al iden­tity have cre­ated anonym­ity. End­less reor­gan­isa­tions, rigid com­pany dir­ect­ives, shared ser­vice centres, out­sourcing (Ban­galore!) and cent­ral­ised soft­ware sys­tems (SAP) have rein­forced this neg­at­ive devel­op­ment. Only by devel­op­ing a loc­al iden­tity in a glob­al con­text can a pos­it­ive com­pany cul­ture be estab­lished.

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    Bitter return to home">Bitter return to home

    January 12th, 2010 · No Comments · innovation & management

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    Helsingin San­o­mat has sum­mar­ised the rise and fall of Finnish paper industry’s con­quest of Amer­ic­an and European paper com­pan­ies. In the year 2000, the three com­pan­ies Stora Enso, UPM and M-real were all very con­fid­ent that their acqus­i­tions were truly adding value to the own­ers. Ten years later, the truth is that it all was a gigant­ic loss of money.
    See also anoth­er Helsingin San­o­mat art­icle on the same top­ic.

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