Open Innovation @NASA

I am speaking at TRIZCON tomorrow. The opening speaker today was Jeffrey Davis, MD, Director of Space Life Sciences at NASA Johnson Space Center. His excellent presentation focused primarily on the open innovation efforts of NASA. Here are some of the key soundbites I...

Are You Smarter than a PhD?

“Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?” is an entertaining show. In the world of innovation, the biggest question is, “Are you smarter than a PhD?” Here’s what I mean… In Personality Poker we address four primary innovation styles.  The spades are...

NESTA Open Innovation Conference Videos

Last week I spoke at an event hosted by NESTA – the UK’s National Endowment for Science, Technology, and the Arts. The day focused on Open Innovation and had some spectacular speakers including Cheryl Perkins (the former Chief Innovation Officer for Kimberly-Clark),...

My Interview for Enterprise Leadership

A while back I was interviewed by Tom Parish at EnterpriseLeadership.org.  On their site, you will find the following description: In this podcast, Steve Shapiro, InnoCentive’s vice president of strategic consulting, talks about how InnoCentive’s open innovation model...

Is Crowdsourcing Disruptive?

There was an excellent post by Hutch Carpenter on the blogging innovation website.  In the article, he asked the question – “Is Crowdsourcing Disrupting the Design Industry?”  He makes an excellent case for the value (and pitfalls) of crowdsourcing design work. ...

What We Don’t Know We Know

Last night I went to a seminar.  On the whiteboard, the seminar leader drew an oft-used framework: There are things you “know.”  For example, I know I can speak English. There are things you “know you don’t know.”  I know I can’t speak Chinese....

When Open Innovation is not a Tournament

A magazine asked me to write a book review of Innovation Tournaments by Christian Terwiesch and Karl Ulrich. The book arrived in the mail yesterday and I immediately turned to the index to see if InnoCentive was listed. Sure enough, we are mentioned in several places in the book....

Interview on The Small Business Advocate

Jim Blasingame is one of the best talk show hosts out there. And I had the pleasure, once again, of being on his show. This time I talked about the challenges associated with innovation and the value of open innovation. Find interviews with Small Business experts on the Small...

Three Innovation Distinctions (Part 3): Diversity not Homogeneity

This is the third of my “innovation distinctions” entries. [for your convenience, all three articles have been packaged into one pdf file] In the first part of this series, I wrote why you should focus on “Challenges, not Ideas.” Next, I addressed the distinction of “Process, not...

Three Innovation Distinctions (part 1): Challenges not Ideas

Last week I was with a group of extremely successful entrepreneurs in Las Vegas. I was a bit of an outlier as my background is mainly with large, multi-billion dollar businesses. Everyone else in the room came from the start-up world. Also, nearly everyone in the room worked...
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