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  • Lithium ion battery pack
    Extending the life cycle of batteries with a self healing polymer
    Exploring solutions beyond the obvious in order to mitigate climate change impacts, the Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP) at Stanford University has selected seven research projects that advance renewable energy technologies and has awarded...
  • How to Create Better Ideas Faster
    How to Create Better Ideas Faster
    The four F’s of effective brainstorming.Have you ever tried to get your team to brainstorm a breakthrough idea for a product or service only to find the process mostly yields extensions of existing ideas?Research on creative thinking gives...
  • Resources vs. time vs. timing
    Climate Change constraint - resources, time and timing
    Climate change is definitely seeping into every aspect of our lives but there still remains a disconnect. The inertia that most of us seem to experience in responding to this global issue can perhaps be viewed in terms of resources, time and...
  • Innovation
    What is Innovation?
    When asked to define the legal definition for obscenity, Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart famously quipped “I know it when I see it.” For most of us the same applies to a working definition for innovation. We have a general sense...
  • DTLA hosts second annual CityLab: Urban Solutions to Global Challenges
    DTLA hosts second annual CityLab: Urban Solutions to Global Challenges
    Yesterday closed the second annual CityLab Summit, which was hosted in Downtown Los Angeles this year after a successful first year in New York that earned it the title of “Best Conference of 2013” at the FAME Awards. The multiday...
  • Universal Smartphone Optics Adapter
    Chase on for best in Innovation
    Where do you begin? The topic is somewhat of a teaser, and a never-ending result. You’ll get small, simple, complex, and big products, to say the least. The conversations you have with people are incredible. The amount of money is staggering...
  • Jeff DeGraff
    Innovation: Hide Inside Trojan Horses
    Whether Greeks bearing gifts for stalwart King Priam of Troy or a malware computer virus masquerading as a can’t miss offer, the Trojan horse has come to represent a manipulative strategy of trickery and deception. Virgil’s tale of...
  • Jeff DeGraff
    Innovation: Master the Art of SODOTO
    Ornithologists report that New Caledonian crows fashion twigs into tools for collecting and extracting insects from the hollows of trees. What is more remarkable is that these birds pass their inventions along tox others in the flock. With each...
  • Tim Cook during the Apple Product Launch Event
    Apple Shows Great Changes To Its Market Share
    Since its early days, Apple has been recognized for its astonishing innovative efforts. We’ve all witness its evolutionary transformation, from the first-generation scroll-wheeled iPod – launched in 2001, to its iPod touch –...
  • AT&T opens new interactive store Charlotte Pike in Nashville
    Innovative new AT&T store opening in Nashville
    Beginning this Wednesday, September 10, the Nashville area will experience a new kind of AT&T store on Charlotte Pike. The new store features an open and flexible design, connected experience and community zones, and enhanced service systems....
  • Ray Gillenwater SpeakUp getspeakup.com quote
    Is Voice of the Employee another buzz-phrase or is leadership finally listening?
    Yes, the same companies that talk about employee engagement and then do little beyond an annual survey, will likely also relegate Voice of the Employee to buzz-word soup. These companies will talk about how innovation and excellence in customer...
  • Jeff DeGraff
    Innovation: Devise With Revisionary Eyes
    Politicians use the term “revisionist” (or “flip-flop”) to label challenger and foe alike as a liar or as inconstant as a horse midstream. Of course this claim is absurd given that most intractable wars, intolerable...
  • Jeff DeGraff
    Innovation: Old Crops, New Soil
    Did you know that some of the largest chapters of agricultural groups like the Future Farmers of America are in urban centers? This may surprise you: some of the biggest breakthroughs in farming aren’t happening on farms—they’re...
  • Bluetooth Beacons
    The digital world and the future of privacy - are you in or out?
    The mobile industry, along with sensors, transmission capabilities, and Big Data and analytics models are driving many innovations in vast areas of our lives, creating a digital divide: is it good for us, or not? Join them, or stay out?There is no...
  • Jeff DeGraff
    Innovation: There Is No Final Destination
    Innovations don’t stay innovations. There’s that drawer in all of our houses with the electronics, gadgets, and devices that were the it-thing in their own time and now have outgrown their usefulness and creativity. The challenge is...