June 29, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Wonderful, touching, memorable movie. Go see it!


June 29, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Need To Innovate? You Must “Go There”

Let me know if you’ve experienced this, because I have. Remember the last time you were in a brainstorming session. Maybe you all sat down to address a specific challenge, like “We need to increase revenues” or “Competitor XYZ is eating our lunch and we have to react”, or maybe you had something specific, like […]

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June 27, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

How the 2015 predictions are panning out

Often mid-year I like to look back at the predictions made for innovation. Did the 2015 predictions come to fruition yet?  How are trends shaping the way we innovate? Here is an article titled, 6 tech trends for 2015 that will change our future, in which TechCrunch made predictions about Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, robots, […]


June 26, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Wanna Be Innovative: Make Serendipity Your Good Buddy

The Popsicle was invented by enterprising an 11-year-old called Frank Epperson in 1905, who left a glass of soda on his San Francisco front porch with a stirring stick still it. The next day, after a cold night, the drink had frozen. Frank pulled the stick and, to his surprise, the drink came with it. Nine […]

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June 25, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Future Is Here: Wearable Enviro Trackers

How would you live differently if you knew exactly how your environment was affecting you? Back in 2007, I wrote a set of predictive stories about what life would be like 10 years out. Really interesting to go back to that time and see how much of that is on the way to actually happening: […]

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June 24, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

3 Ways the World’s Power Mix Is about to Change

Will solar and wind rush in to replace fossil fuels? Read here: Big changes are afoot for the energy sector in the next 25 years. Coal and gas are headed out and solar and wind are rushing to take their place on a multi-trillion dollar investment bonanza, according to a new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance […]


June 24, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Happy Crowds Are Happy Customers

You don’t need much more evidence than the last years numbers from Kickstarter to understand that crowdification is in full swing: 3.3 million people from all over the world There were $529 million in pledges Funding over 22,000 projects You can see: the crowd is fully engaged. We no longer want to sit back and be told […]

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June 24, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Leave Your Title at the Door and Remove the Door From It’s Hinges

When I co-founded my company in 1986, I had two business cards made. One said “President.” The other said “Archduke.” Whenever I gave clients a choice, they always wanted the Archduke card.

In time, I gave all the Archduke cards away and never re-…


June 23, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Agile Is Eating The World

A little while back, Marc Andressen (yep, the Marc Andressen from Netscape and Andreessen Horowitz) made a super famous statement I’m sure that you have probably heard a million times now: Software is eating the world Completely agree. More and more major businesses and industries are being run on software and delivered as online services—from movies […]

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June 22, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

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June 22, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Innovation Training and More From LinkedIn

Learn innovation, group creativity, and much more at Lynda.com, a division of LinkedIn. Check out these courses.


June 22, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Experiencing Tomorrow Today Book Released

Just wanted to do a quick post announcing that my latest book, Experiencing Tomorrow Today:On Being Innovative has just been released for the Amazon Kindle store. Check it out here. It’s a collection of a number of my thoughts on innovation, everything from how dangerous innovation is to your typical firm, tips on how to build […]

June 19, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Funding cuts impact the magic of new science

This is an Op-ed story from USA Today that caught my eye for a number of reasons. Yes, deep budget cuts will always impact research and development projects, whether at the federal level or in your own company. Scientific discovery isn’t free most of the time. Secondly, this piece contains a lot of interesting links […]


June 19, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Why You Need A Corporate Futurist

Whose job is it in your organization to look at the far future? Whose job is it to look out 5-10 years and determine where your company will be, where the world will be, where your customers will be? Some people might say, well, its the CEO’s job of course. It’s the CEO’s job to […]

June 18, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Sunshine-powered flight flies across the Pacific

I fly a lot, and this story is an incredible testimony to what is already possible through solar power!It’s not without risk though. Storms, wind and other elements could easily brew up danger for the pilot and passengers. Click on this image to read the story:


June 18, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Design Vs User Experience In Innovation

By now you’ve probably seen those famous images comparing design vs user experience – a beautifully designed and straight sidewalk is forgotten, instead a path is cut by people who need to get somewhere. I’m sure that the architect and the landscape designer put a lot of thought into the perfect design for the space, only […]

June 17, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Innovative Or Not: Inventive Soda Labels

Starting this week, we are going to try a new feature every Wednesday on the thinkfuture blog called Innovative Or Not. It’s kind of like Hot Or Not, or Tinder for innovation – since everything seems to be binary nowadays, we may as well give it a try. What we’ll do is take something that […]

June 16, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

“How Do I Get People To Speak Up In Brainstorming Meetings?”

I often lead brainstorming sessions in which we glean some fantastic new ways of discovering solutions. But in some meetings, you might find it difficult to get people to share.  Could it be from fear, or something else? A look at the corporate culture might offer some clues! But in  the meantime, here is an […]


June 15, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

The Attribute Dependency Technique: Three Ways to Create Smart Products

One way to make adaptations with Attribute Dependency is to change the type of dependency. There are three ways to do it: passive, active and automatic. Think of these as what has to happen within the product or service for the dependency to take place. Let’s look at each type.


June 15, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Are Smartphones Making Us Stupid?

There has been a lot of talk recently about how horrible it is that we spend so much time on our smartphones – our smartphones are rotting our brains – we can’t think for ourselves because we have our smartphones. Why do so many people out there rage on smartphone use – typically posting these […]

June 13, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Green innovators make the grade

Who are the most innovative leaders creating green solutions that are sustainable?  I found this list of 20 interesting Eco Innovators from Food Tank: Jamila Abass—Abass is co-founder of M-Farm, a technology tool for smallholder farmers to receive information on the retail price of their products in Kenya. Farmers use SMS to buy farm inputs […]


June 12, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Welcome To Tomorrow, Today.

I’m almost 100% that you’ve heard this very famous quote: The Future Is Already Here…its just not evenly distributed. – William Gibson This is totally true. Of course, some of that future might still reside n your head, but don’t worry, we can help you get it out of your head and into the world where […]

June 11, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

You’re Free To Do What You Want, Any Old Time

One of the best songs ever – I’m Free by The Soup Dragons The reality is that we are finally free, to do what we want, any old time. One of the reasons why Uber is floating in the valuations that its in at the moment, and is stirring up so much goodwill on the […]

June 10, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Tomorrow May Already Be Too Late

If I had a nickel for every time I heard “It used to be that the big eat the small, now the fast eat the slow” I’m sure that I’d be in the ranks will Bill Gates and Mark Cuban. Of course, its been repeated so often that it feels like it just some hoary […]

June 9, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Remove The Human, Improve The Experience?

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I really enjoy talking to robots over people. I mean, I can’t remember the last time I had to talk to a human in order to do any banking – I do most everything online unless I need cash (which is rarer and rarer) in which case I […]

June 8, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Use These Techniques To Superpower Your Innovation Program

I’ve talked before on how I believe that the MVP model is not only awesome for startups, it’s also pretty awesome for anything in life. So it shouldn’t be too surprising for you to hear me talk about how you can use the MVP model in order to build your internal innovation engine. When I […]

June 8, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Listen, Watch, Ask, and Involve Your Customers

When describing the SIT method, I sometimes say it’s like using the voice of the product. That’s because SIT is based on patterns that are embedded into the products and services you see around you. If products could talk to you, they would describe the five patterns of SIT. But there’s another important voice in business innovation: the voice of the customer. After all, that’s why you do innovation – to create new value, directly or indirectly, for your customers. A good innovator understands their needs and wants.


June 2, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Farm to Fork

  Earlier this year I had the opportunity to sit on a judging panel for Velocity Academy with Alex Tyink, Program Leader for Goodwill Grows. Velocity Academy is a project-based learning program at Shattuck Middle School in Neenah, designed to engage students who have a difficult time in regular classrooms. Alex was working with the […]


June 2, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

Innovation clues helps local hospital innovate

Last week we took part in a creative thought leadership session with a local hospital: Pat Clusman, Chief Operating Officer, Innovationedge and Steve Tyink, Miron Construction, led a kick-off session on Leading Game Changing Innovation for the leadership team at Holy Family Memorial Hospital in Manitowoc. With many of the leaders present contributing to the […]


June 1, 2015 | by Chris Kalaboukis

INNOVATE! – The App That Facilitates S.I.T.

The Innovate! Inside the Box app for iPad facilitates the use of Systematic Inventive Thinking. It explains each of the five techniques and allows users to generate creative ideas and innovations on demand.