Category Archives: education

Harness Collective Genius: Develop learning agility!

When I was living in Israel, seeking a more meaningful life, I was unable to work in my culture consulting, top team and leadership development areas of expertise. As a result of this very serious and high impact problem I experienced a powerful and deep collision between the necessity to earn a living, and the ...

Harness Collective Genius: Develop learning agility!

When I was living in Israel, seeking a more meaningful life, I was unable to work in my culture consulting, top team and leadership development areas of expertise. As a result of this very serious and high impact problem I experienced a powerful and deep collision between the necessity to earn a living, and the ...

Learning Innovation Through Doing it with a Practical Innovation Project Process

Over the past two years I’ve interviewed over 100 innovation leaders at large organizations about how they are learning and doing innovation for themselves and helping others in their organization to innovate. A major theme was learning and developing innovation skills through working on real innovation projects. Quite simply, you learn innovation through doing it ...

Public Sector Innovation: moving innovation from the margins to mainstream

UNDP remains one of the few UN agencies that supports governments in setting up Public Sector Innovation Labs to experiment with new approaches to policy-making and that advises government partners on designing Open Innovation Prize Challenges.

Lessons from the 1977 EPA Standards Manual Kickstarter Campaign

If you're not in the design world you might have missed two events that took the industry's collective breath away, the reprinting, through two incredibly successful Kickstarter campaigns, of the New York Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) and the NASA "worm" identity system. A graphic standards or systems manual is the rule book for any brand's expression and consistent delivery in the world. That means the precise guidelines for the logo, the colors, the type fonts, the signage, the conventions for marketing materials, and basically everything else that makes up the visual identity of an organization. When I took over as Executive Director for AIGA, the professional association for design, I knew about those two standards manuals. When Sagi Haviv, a principal in the New York design firm, Chermayeff Geismar & offered to gift us with 1977 EPA Graphic Standards Manual, designed by the renowned Steff Geissbuhler it started us on an adventure that concluded this week when we met our goal. That means that this beautiful manual will now be available to our backers, and eventually to the public through the work of designers Jesse Reed and Hamish Smythe at Standards Manual. The experience has been eye opening and exhilarating. Here's what I've learned:

Coaching for Innovation Agility to Affect Profound Change

Uncertainty and instability are the key drivers of the business game and our clients are challenged by a diverse range of problems which are not going away. This means that the future will be very different from today and, as coaches, we are in a unique position to support and enable our clients to survive, master, and flourish within the playing fields of the future.

2017 Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards

Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards celebrate individuals and ideas that have broken through and had an impact in business and far beyond...across a wide array of critical fields including technology, biomed, politics, education, healthcare, spirituality, religion, economics, sports, fashion, and philanthropy. These Awards explore and honor “the irrepressible power of the human spirit”.

Integrating Agility with Stability to Innovate

When I moved on from being a high powered corporate retail executive almost thirty years ago, I took the entrepreneurial leap and initiated a design management consultancy to serve the Australian fashion and lifestyle industries. Interestingly, in those days, the focus was on stabilising innovation entrepreneurial businesses through conventional business management practices. This included tools ...

Help Us Support Gender Equity on May 10th

We are excited to announce on behalf of Innovation Excellence friend Tiffany Shlain that 50/50 Day is less than a month away and we can’t wait for this global conversation about gender equality! For those of you who haven’t signed up yet to host an event at your company, school, organization, or home, there’s still ...