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Drew Boyd
Co-author of Inside the Box: A Proven System of Creativity for Breakthrough Results. Innovation practitioner, professor, blogger, and speaker.
Interests: speaking, writing, teaching, ice hockey, innovating, playing blues guitar, building guitars, fishing
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By Orly Seagull When thinking about creativity in teams, we often imagine a bunch of people in front of a flipchart throwing on the paper whatever comes to their mind – brainstorming. But, what actually is brainstorming? And what is... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Innovation in Practice
From a distance this newest railway revolution might look like a string of large barrels tied together. But the Stoos Bahn is now the world’s steepest funicular railway which just opened to the public. Taking over 14 years to build,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2017 at Innovation in Practice
The football season is into full swing. And, no doubt, countless beer drinkers experience the ever so frustrating tension of keeping a clear line of sight for that key play of the game without missing a gulp of their favorite... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2017 at Innovation in Practice
Thanks to Light’s newest camera innovation, serious photographers may make it through their upcoming shot lists with a welcomed spring to their step. In attempt to lessen the load of the average DSLR camera, Light created the streamlined L16. Not... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2017 at Innovation in Practice
Few activities are more iconic to American football than the huddle. Bill Pennington, in his New York Times article, “Ready, Set, Gone! The N.F.L.’s Disappearing Huddle” thoughtfully fills out the history, the heritage, and the slow disappearance of this classic... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2017 at Innovation in Practice
By: Tom Ewing, Senior Director, System1 Group “First I look at the purse” sang Motown’s The Countours. Kelley Styring, principal of InsightFarm, would sympathise. In 2006, then again in 2016, she asked hundreds of women to empty out their purses... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2017 at Innovation in Practice
GladWare containers have become a common household item. Most kitchens today have that designated drawer filled to the brim with self-stacking plastic wonders and the infamous lids with the center circle. Those center circles are most convenient, providing an interlocking... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2017 at Innovation in Practice
By Tim Harford, BBC World Service, 50 Things That Made the Modern Economy In 1911, someone asked Butler to name the most important invention of the industrial era. Steam, perhaps? Electricity? "No," he said. They would both "be reduced to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2017 at Innovation in Practice
Facing especially wicked problems, social sector organizations are searching for powerful new methods to understand and address them. Design Thinking for the Greater Good goes in depth on both the how of using new tools and the why. As a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2017 at Innovation in Practice
By Deb Gabor As a brand strategist, author, and public speaker, I rely upon my voice and storytelling ability to make a living. I’ve observed that my interpersonal communication style is less 1:1 and more “broadcast” in nature. I get... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2017 at Innovation in Practice
Is it true? Do the most creative people generate ideas straight out of their heads without any outside help? That's what most people would tell you. But the reality is that the best innovators boost their creative output with the help of structured tools like patterns and even technology. Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2017 at Innovation in Practice
The United States Postal Service has just released a “first-of-its-kind” stamp that changes appearance when you touch it. What has inspired this small nugget of innovation? The August 21 total eclipse of the sun. It will be the first total... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2017 at Innovation in Practice
A great example of the Attribute Dependency Technique can be found at My Place Café & Bar at the Hilton Osaka hotel in Japan. Attribute Dependency is one of the five innovation methods called Systematic Inventive Thinking (SIT). It works... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2017 at Innovation in Practice
Now here's a completely different take on home technology, and it's a perfect example of the Task Unification Technique, one of five in the S.I.T. innovation method. Task Unification is defined as: assigning an additional task to an existing resource. That resource should be in the immediate vicinity of the problem, or what we call The Closed World. In essence, it's taking something that is already around you and giving an additional job. The new LG Hom-Bot robotic vacuum does just that. Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2017 at Innovation in Practice
The Principle of Function Follows Form - innovating from the Solution to the Problem. Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2017 at Innovation in Practice
Recently, I was delighted to receive a message from my friend, Frank Grunwald, Visiting Lecturer at Purdue University, telling me of his plans to incorporate Systematic Inventive Thinking into his spring Industrial Design course. An expert industrial designer himself, Frank... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2017 at Innovation in Practice
By Carol Ozemhoya, Contributing Editor at Vector Some people worry about technology costing people jobs and taking over the world as has been portrayed in many major motion pictures, such as the “Matrix” series. But in reality, a lot of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2017 at Innovation in Practice
David Kwon shared this amazing infographic detailing the history of the wheel. It's a nice follow-on post to mine: The Wheel: A Great Innovation? There are a lot of myths and misperceptions about the wheel and it's impact on society. Read more here. Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2017 at Innovation in Practice
As an innovation leader, you are now responsible for a bundle of resources that you’ll need to get the job done. Those resources include human resources - your team - and also include financial resources in the form of a budget. Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2017 at Innovation in Practice
We all know the endless kick-on, kick-off routine associated with that perfectly comfortable pair of house slippers. Our days are filled with quick trips to the market, impromptu lunches, and endless dog walks. And one of two scenarios are typically... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2017 at Innovation in Practice
What’s in a name? Perhaps more than we might think, according to researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Most of us are familiar with the dynamic of “judging a book by its cover,” making quick judgments about a person... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2017 at Innovation in Practice
by Deb Gabor A store is a place you go to buy stuff, usually out of convenience or habit. In contrast, brands inspire irrational loyalty and yes, even love. How does a company build itself into a brand that people... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2017 at Innovation in Practice
Perhaps the most important role of the innovation leader is creating a competent team. For that reason alone, it’s one of the most challenging. It’s a constant fight for talent. You may have the best products and services in the market, but without a strong, talented marketing team behind them, you’ll start losing ground to the competition. Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2017 at Innovation in Practice
A company that retains a high percentage of its customers must be doing a lot of things right. That’s why Retention Rate is the best indicator of a company’s long term viability. Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2017 at Innovation in Practice
To use the Inversion technique, start with the components of the brand promise. Take each one away one at a time and envision in what ways the consumer would be an extreme way...if it did not have this aspect of the promise. Make sure that the "bad thing" that happens is so far fetched that viewers understand it's a joke. Otherwise, they'll get confused. Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2017 at Innovation in Practice