Home » Archive

Articles in the Featured Category

Featured, Resources »

[27 Dec 2010 | No Comment | ]
31 Questions

From Scott Anthony’s blog post,
31 Innovation Questions (and Answers) To Kick Off the New Year
This is an interesting list of questions and thought-provoking one or two sentence answers by Scott. He’s working on a new book tentatively titled, “The Little Black Book of Innovation”. Scott is the author of Silver Lining: An Innovation Playbook for Uncertain Times which I’ve purchased for my iPad but haven’t read yet. Looking forward to reading it this holiday season.
Silver Lining is featured by Harvard Business Review in their Innovation Essentials Library, a 7 volume …

Culture, Featured »

[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 …

Culture, Featured »

[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 …

Education, Featured »

[28 Oct 2010 | No Comment | ]
Schools of the Future

The Schools of the Future initiative started in 2008 and is sponsored by the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools and the Hawaii Community Foundation. This was the first Schools of the Future conference held at the Hilton Hawaiian Village and featured the world-renown speaker Sir Ken Robinson. I got a chance to attend a couple of the break out sessions including Mark Hines and Bob McIntosh of Mid-Pacific Institute about Mobile Technologies in the Classroom. They provided a very thought provoking presentation about the near ubiquitous presence of mobile …

Featured, Resources »

[8 Oct 2010 | One Comment | ]
Island Innovation Fund

In 2009 the Hawaii Community Foundation (HCF) announced a fund called the Omidyar Innovation Fund that would be made available in 2010. The Fund’s focus was to help non-profits get seed funding to kick start innovative projects. According to the HCF website,
The Omidyar Innovation Fund will be a new competitive grant making program that will launch in 2010. It is aimed at spurring innovation in Hawai`i’s social sector. Pam and Pierre Omidyar have committed $6 million over six years for this program which will provide …

Culture, Featured »

[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. …