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[28 Jan 2011 | No Comment | ]

A great idea based on your unique experience or viewpoint is only a great idea if you throw it out on the table in front of everyone to see.

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[16 Dec 2010 | One Comment | ]
Why work doesn’t happen at work

8-Hours, White walls
Corporate culture in many ways kills innovation. Your boss’s expectation that you need to be sitting at your desk in front of a computer for 8 hours a day in order to be productive is in my opinion, an innovation killer.
Your boss may feel you are less productive when you’re working from a cafe, from home, or at the local Starbucks. He/she may feel that you’re not working as hard or maybe not working at all. Yet it is in these environments that we are free to create …

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[9 Dec 2010 | One Comment | ]
Fractal Nature of Innovation

Fractals are intriguing geometric shapes. A Wikipedia definition says:
A fractal is “a rough or fragmented geometric shape that can be split into parts, each of which is (at least approximately) a reduced-size copy of the whole,” a property called self-similarity.
This is demonstrated when you deconstruct a fractal in to smaller pieces. Each smaller piece retains the characteristics of the larger piece.
In a recent Innovation Speaker Series talk at HMSA, Ian Kitajima from Oceanit described innovation at his company. He showed this slide that summarized their company’s approach to innovation. The …

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[2 Oct 2010 | No Comment | ]
Product Design Innovation

We’re hearing a lot about how innovation is a key attribute for Hawaii businesses to compete in the fast paced national and international marketplace. Businesses here are faced with the raising costs of doing business, skilled labor moving out of the state and developing countries leap frogging our capabilities. Does innovation hold the answers to these challenges? In what way does innovation take place and how do companies instill a culture of innovation?
Oceanit, the Hawaii Science & Technology Council and Blue Planet Foundation are trying to help answer these questions. …

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[2 Oct 2010 | No Comment | ]
Welcome to Innovation Hawaii

Welcome to Innovation Hawaii. We are a community of individuals dedicated to the creation of an environment that fosters innovation and creative thought. Whether in business or personal life, innovation is an essential element to take on the challenges of our ever changing world. The pace of change is rapidly making the old ways obsolete. Technology has disintermediated middlemen and eliminated the barriers that previously prevented access to markets. In order to stay competitive Hawaii needs to think different and to nurture a culture of innovation. This site hopes to …