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    1. The Extreme team used this insight to inform their decisions about the product’s direction. Instead of a cheaper incubator (the initial concept, but likely ineffective given the evidence) they decided to design something to help babies at home: a portable incubator, much like a tiny, heated sleeping bag, which they named Embrace.

      Embrace started in 2011 and shut down in 2016 after merging with thrive networks http://embraceglobal.org/update-embrace-thrive-networks/

      Last July, Embrace merged with Thrive Networks, an international NGO pioneering evidence-based programs and technologies in health, water and sanitation, and education for underserved populations since 1988. Together across Thrive Networks’ Newborn Health Programs, our goal has been to reduce the unacceptably high newborn mortality rates in countries around the world, and we are proud to announce the success of a number of our programs reaching completion in India, Benin, Uganda and the Philippines during the third quarter of 2016.

      Thrive Networks is currently working to re-imagine its health programs to best address mothers’ and babies’ needs in the changing health landscape, incorporating its innovative devices and educational programs, including Embrace programs. For example, Thrive Networks’ Newborn Health program is piloting a program in Vietnam for the Bilistick device, an innovative diagnostic tool for neonatal jaundice detection. While Thrive Networks’ current plans do not incorporate the Embrace warmer, which will continue to be manufactured by Phoenix Medical Systems in India and distributed by Phoenix and Embrace Innovations, they do see promise for the warmer as their programs evolve.

      Thank you so much for your support over the years of our efforts to improve healthcare in low-resource settings to help vulnerable newborns survive and thrive. We look forward to updating you on our programs as well as the next stages of our journey to improve health for babies and the world’s underserved.

      If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us at info@thrivenetworks.org.

      With gratitude,

      The Embrace Team of Thrive Networks

    1. Four databases of citizen science and crowdsourcing projects —  SciStarter, the Citizen Science Association (CSA), CitSci.org, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (the Wilson Center Commons Lab) — are working on a common project metadata schema to support data sharing with the goal of maintaining accurate and up to date information about citizen science projects.  The federal government is joining this conversation with a cross-agency effort to promote citizen science and crowdsourcing as a tool to advance agency missions. Specifically, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), in collaboration with the U.S. Federal Community of Practice for Citizen Science and Crowdsourcing (FCPCCS),is compiling an Open Innovation Toolkit containing resources for federal employees hoping to implement citizen science and crowdsourcing projects. Navigation through this toolkit will be facilitated in part through a system of metadata tags. In addition, the Open Innovation Toolkit will link to the Wilson Center’s database of federal citizen science and crowdsourcing projects.These groups became aware of their complementary efforts and the shared challenge of developing project metadata tags, which gave rise to the need of a workshop.  

      Sense Collective's Climate Tagger API and Pool Party Semantic Web plug-in are perfectly suited to support The Wilson Center's metadata schema project. Creating a common metadata schema that is used across multiple organizations working within the same domain, with similar (and overlapping) data and data types, is an essential step towards realizing collective intelligence. There is significant redundancy that consumes limited resources as organizations often perform the same type of data structuring. Interoperability issues between organizations, their metadata semantics and serialization methods, prevent cumulative progress as a community. Sense Collective's MetaGrant program is working to provide a shared infastructure for NGO's and social impact investment funds and social impact bond programs to help rapidly improve the problems that are being solved by this awesome project of The Wilson Center. Now let's extend the coordinated metadata semantics to 1000 more organizations and incentivize the citizen science volunteers who make this possible, with a closer connection to the local benefits they produce through their efforts. With integration into Social impact Bond programs and public/private partnerships, we are able to incentivize collective action in ways that match the scope and scale of the problems we face.

  2. Nov 2019
    1. Recognized by U.S. News & World Report as the country’s most innovative school, Arizona State University is where students and faculty work with NASA to develop, advance and lead innovations in space exploration.

      Arizona State University is one of the best university leaders nationally and around the world. They are known by providing successful online services for online learners. Educators and potential educators should explore their site for leads and their own innovation.

      Rating: 10/10

  3. Oct 2019
    1. Innovation in Customers' Hands at New 7-Eleven® Lab Store Retailer Celebrates New Sylvan | Thirty Location with March 22 Grand Opening News provided by 7-Eleven, Inc. Mar 27, 2019, 09:30 ET Share this article IRVING, Texas, March 27, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Made-to-order smoothies and agua frescas … street tacos on handmade tortillas … a growler refill station pouring local craft beers … baked-in-store cookies and croissants … patio and inside dining areas … The newest 7-Eleven® location is a lab store and an experiential testing ground, where customers can try and buy the retailer's latest innovations in a revolutionary new store format. The newest 7-Eleven location in Dallas is a lab store and an experiential testing ground, where customers can try and buy the retailer’s latest innovations in a revolutionary new store format. 7-Eleven, Inc. celebrated the grand opening of its new lab store in Dallas – and the only one in the U.S. – March 22. The store is located at the Sylvan | Thirty retail and restaurant development on Sylvan Avenue, north of Interstate 30. This location is less than two miles from the original Southland Ice House in Oak Cliff where 7-Eleven pioneered the convenience retailing concept more than 90 years ago. "Convenience retailing is light years away from the days of bread and milk being sold from ice docks in 1927, and the industry is changing at a faster rate than ever before," said Chris Tanco, 7-Eleven executive vice president and chief operating officer. "7-Eleven stays at the forefront by pushing the boundaries and being unafraid to try new things. This new lab store will serve as a place to test, learn and iterate new platforms and products to see what really resonates with customers and how we can use those learnings to influence future store designs."The lab store is also the first 7-Eleven location to incorporate the Laredo Taco Company® taqueria, and the first Laredo Taco Company location in Dallas. 7-Eleven acquired the taqueria along with Stripes® convenience stores in South Texas as part of the 1,000-store acquisition from Sunoco in 2018. Laredo Taco Company is famous in South Texas for its handmade tortillas made from scratch in stores every day as well as its popular salsa bar with on-site, daily prepared salsas, guacamole and pico de gallo. Tacos, quesadillas and plate meals include specialties not always seen in quick-serve Tex-Mex restaurants such as carne guisada, barbacoa, picadillo bistec, carnitas and breakfast tacos made with hand-cracked eggs.Some of the other innovative ideas customers will see at the new 7-Eleven lab store include: Made-to-order coffee drinks, cold-pressed juices, smoothies and agua frescas that give customers the option to customize their drinks in a full-service beverage format. Additionally, it carries novelty beverages on tap such as nitro cold brew, kombucha and organic teas. "The Cellar," an alcove dedicated to an expanded selection of wines and craft beers, with a nearby growler station that features a rotating selection of local craft beer, cider and ales on tap. At the growler station, customers can enjoy a draft of their favorite beverage with their meal onsite or fill a growler to take home. A cold treats bar with frozen yogurt, ice cream and multiple toppings Cookies, croissants and more baked-in-store daily Digital initiatives that enhance the shopping experience. Scan & Pay technology that allows customers to skip the checkout line and pay for their (non-age-restricted) purchases on their smartphones. Indoor and patio restaurant-style seating in the Laredo Taco Company portion of the store as well as bar-seating across the front windows in the retail space. Many of the new items in this 7-Eleven "innovation station" are limited-time offerings. "A lot has changed in retail and continues to change rapidly, especially the shopping experience," Tanco said. "This lab store is customer-focused and will explore new ideas that weren't even on the retail radar a few months ago."The new 7-Eleven lab store is also providing local jobs, and the company is looking for outgoing, customer-service-oriented employees for this innovative new retail-restaurant concept. To join the Sylvan | Thirty location as a sales or restaurant associate, interested people can apply online at: https://careers-7-eleven.icims.com. Under "Start your job search here," input 54716 for sales associate or 54817 for restaurant associate.About 7-Eleven, Inc.7-Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience-retailing industry. Based in Irving, Texas, 7-Eleven operates, franchises and/or licenses more than 67,000 stores in 17 countries, including 11,800 in North America. Known for its iconic brands such as Slurpee®, Big Bite® and Big Gulp®, 7-Eleven has expanded into high-quality salads, side dishes, cut fruit and protein boxes, as well as pizza, chicken wings, cheeseburgers and hot chicken sandwiches. 7-Eleven offers customers industry-leading private brand products under the 7-Select® brand including healthy options, decadent treats and everyday favorites, at an outstanding value. Customers also count on 7-Eleven for bill payments, self-service lockers and other convenient services. Find out more online at www.7-Eleven.com, via the 7Rewards® customer loyalty platform on the 7-Eleven mobile app, or on social media at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.SOURCE 7-Eleven, Inc.
    2. Innovation in Customers' Hands at New 7-Eleven® Lab Store Retailer Celebrates New Sylvan | Thirty Location with March 22 Grand Opening News provided by 7-Eleven, Inc. Mar 27, 2019, 09:30 ET Share this article IRVING, Texas, March 27, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Made-to-order smoothies and agua frescas … street tacos on handmade tortillas … a growler refill station pouring local craft beers … baked-in-store cookies and croissants … patio and inside dining areas … The newest 7-Eleven® location is a lab store and an experiential testing ground, where customers can try and buy the retailer's latest innovations in a revolutionary new store format. The newest 7-Eleven location in Dallas is a lab store and an experiential testing ground, where customers can try and buy the retailer’s latest innovations in a revolutionary new store format. 7-Eleven, Inc. celebrated the grand opening of its new lab store in Dallas – and the only one in the U.S. – March 22. The store is located at the Sylvan | Thirty retail and restaurant development on Sylvan Avenue, north of Interstate 30. This location is less than two miles from the original Southland Ice House in Oak Cliff where 7-Eleven pioneered the convenience retailing concept more than 90 years ago. "Convenience retailing is light years away from the days of bread and milk being sold from ice docks in 1927, and the industry is changing at a faster rate than ever before," said Chris Tanco, 7-Eleven executive vice president and chief operating officer. "7-Eleven stays at the forefront by pushing the boundaries and being unafraid to try new things. This new lab store will serve as a place to test, learn and iterate new platforms and products to see what really resonates with customers and how we can use those learnings to influence future store designs."The lab store is also the first 7-Eleven location to incorporate the Laredo Taco Company® taqueria, and the first Laredo Taco Company location in Dallas. 7-Eleven acquired the taqueria along with Stripes® convenience stores in South Texas as part of the 1,000-store acquisition from Sunoco in 2018. Laredo Taco Company is famous in South Texas for its handmade tortillas made from scratch in stores every day as well as its popular salsa bar with on-site, daily prepared salsas, guacamole and pico de gallo. Tacos, quesadillas and plate meals include specialties not always seen in quick-serve Tex-Mex restaurants such as carne guisada, barbacoa, picadillo bistec, carnitas and breakfast tacos made with hand-cracked eggs.Some of the other innovative ideas customers will see at the new 7-Eleven lab store include: Made-to-order coffee drinks, cold-pressed juices, smoothies and agua frescas that give customers the option to customize their drinks in a full-service beverage format. Additionally, it carries novelty beverages on tap such as nitro cold brew, kombucha and organic teas. "The Cellar," an alcove dedicated to an expanded selection of wines and craft beers, with a nearby growler station that features a rotating selection of local craft beer, cider and ales on tap. At the growler station, customers can enjoy a draft of their favorite beverage with their meal onsite or fill a growler to take home. A cold treats bar with frozen yogurt, ice cream and multiple toppings Cookies, croissants and more baked-in-store daily Digital initiatives that enhance the shopping experience. Scan & Pay technology that allows customers to skip the checkout line and pay for their (non-age-restricted) purchases on their smartphones. Indoor and patio restaurant-style seating in the Laredo Taco Company portion of the store as well as bar-seating across the front windows in the retail space. Many of the new items in this 7-Eleven "innovation station" are limited-time offerings. "A lot has changed in retail and continues to change rapidly, especially the shopping experience," Tanco said. "This lab store is customer-focused and will explore new ideas that weren't even on the retail radar a few months ago."The new 7-Eleven lab store is also providing local jobs, and the company is looking for outgoing, customer-service-oriented employees for this innovative new retail-restaurant concept. To join the Sylvan | Thirty location as a sales or restaurant associate, interested people can apply online at: https://careers-7-eleven.icims.com. Under "Start your job search here," input 54716 for sales associate or 54817 for restaurant associate.About 7-Eleven, Inc.7-Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience-retailing industry. Based in Irving, Texas, 7-Eleven operates, franchises and/or licenses more than 67,000 stores in 17 countries, including 11,800 in North America. Known for its iconic brands such as Slurpee®, Big Bite® and Big Gulp®, 7-Eleven has expanded into high-quality salads, side dishes, cut fruit and protein boxes, as well as pizza, chicken wings, cheeseburgers and hot chicken sandwiches. 7-Eleven offers customers industry-leading private brand products under the 7-Select® brand including healthy options, decadent treats and everyday favorites, at an outstanding value. Customers also count on 7-Eleven for bill payments, self-service lockers and other convenient services. Find out more online at www.7-Eleven.com, via the 7Rewards® customer loyalty platform on the 7-Eleven mobile app, or on social media at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.SOURCE 7-Eleven, Inc. Related Links
    1. Nonstop Innovation & Customer Obsession We Innovate We Collaborate We Inspire We Innovate 7Rewards through the 7-Eleven App Since its launch in 2012, millions of customers have joined 7Rewards® in an effort to gain access to exclusive offers, find their favorite stores and, of course, get their free 7th drink for every six beverages purchased. Due to its increasing popularity, the loyalty program has launched a new points system that allows customers to earn and redeem rewards on an expanded assortment of products in-store. We pride ourselves on being a one-stop shop for a variety of products: from chargers, to pizza, to Pepto-Bismol™, to beer, customers can get it all from us. We know product variety is also important to our customers, so we have extended that flexibility to 7Rewards. To sign up and earn points, download the app from the Apple or Google Play store, or visit the 7Rewards mobile website at 7Rewards.com. Previous Next Bill Pay App The 7‑Eleven Bill Pay App means more convenience for our customers than ever before. Powered by PayNearMe, the app was launched in 2011. Bill Pay allows U.S. customers to pay over 20,000 national and local billers with cash using a convenient barcode scan at participating 7‑Eleven stores. Customers can pay bills at their neighborhood 7‑Eleven thanks to a 7‑Eleven-branded smartphone app that can be downloaded from the Apple or Google Play store. This is just the beginning of establishing 7‑Eleven as a financial service destination. Previous Next 7-Eleven NOW 7‑Eleven is elevating customer convenience with our new 7‑Eleven NOW smartphone app. In select markets, 7‑Eleven is testing on-demand ordering for delivery and in-store pickup. The delivery orders will be processed by 7‑Eleven NOW, prepped by 7‑Eleven store associates and delivered by our courier partners. Customers can order from a breadth of options, making their delivery experience even more convenient, 24/7. 7‑Eleven NOW is expected to roll out in other U.S. locations soon. Previous Next $(document).ready(function(){ $(".slideshow").slick({ centerMode: true, // autoplay: true, // autoplaySpeed: 8000, speed: 200, dots: false, prevArrow:'<button type="button" class="slick-prev"><span class="icon arrow-left"></span><span class="sr-only">Previous</span></button>', nextArrow:'<button type="button" class="slick-next"><span class="sr-only">Next</span><span class="icon arrow-right"></span></button>', slidesToShow: 1, variableWidth: true, // responsive: [ // { // breakpoint: 768, // settings: { // arrows: false, // dots: false, // centerMode: false, // variableWidth: true, // slidesToShow: 1 // } // } // ] }); }); We Collaborate Postmates 7‑Eleven teamed up with Postmates in 2015 to bring ultimate convenience to customers through delivery. Now, 7‑Eleven has expanded our relationship with Postmates and is a Postmates Plus partner. The delivery service is available in most Postmates markets across the U.S. To use, shoppers simply download the app, select 7‑Eleven from the list of retailers, click on products to order and pay with the app. Postmates coordinates the delivery from the most convenient 7‑Eleven location, and a nearby courier will fulfill the order in minutes. Facebook & Conversable Now 7‑Eleven customers are able to engage with the brand within one of the world’s most popular social channels: Facebook. 7‑Eleven launched a trailblazing chatbot platform for customers to easily and quickly communicate with 7‑Eleven by chatting with the 7‑Eleven bot on Messenger. Users can sign up for the 7Rewards® customer loyalty platform, find a store location near them, learn about the latest discount offers and so much more, 24/7. We Inspire The legacy of innovation at 7‑Eleven is, and has been, powered by the passion of our dedicated employees. On the digital team, we look for people who are willing to test their ideas and learn from both their successes and failures in order to create something disruptive. If you have a desire to explore beyond boundaries, solve consumer problems and be a part of a company that is changing its landscape through digital, we invite you to apply to one of our open positions. Come inspire us and leave a mark on one of the largest retail brands in the world. Find a Job Visit our YouTube channel to learn more about our digital team and the opportunities we offer.
  4. Jul 2019
    1. Within the vignette and the experiences of the four teachers, there is a fundamental equity and diversity issue that is shared among them: whose responsibility is it to address equity and diversity? How do we address it in science and within our particular contexts, and with our particular student populations? What supports must be present to allow us to promote equity and diversity in our teaching, learning, and curriculum? What supports are present in the NGSS to assist all teachers to teach in culturally responsive ways so that teachers meet the educational science needs of all students? Our position and the ways in which we address these questions center on implementation of the NGSS with equity and diversity as theoretical and pedagogical foundations to science teaching. In this way, equity and diversity becomes a vision and goal for implementation.

      and my position is, how can we instantiate classrooms (ie communities of students) such that they have the agency and abilities to self-organize and tackle deep, "wicked problems" of such fundamental importance as this. In solving this science/equity problem, let's aim 1 level higher/deeper/further and also focus on transforming education to prepare children to care about and have the abilities to 'solve' problems such as this as they grow.

  5. May 2019
  6. Apr 2019
    1. La définition de l’innovation selon Everett Rogers est un « processus par lequel une innovation est communiquée, à travers certains canaux, dans la durée, parmi les membres d’un système social ». En matière d’innovation en formation, le caractère innovant ou non d’un processus peut être précisé. La dilution de la technologie dans le fait social écarte la simple liaison entre technologie et innovation. La technologie est tellement présente qu’elle ne saurait être un indicateur suffisant d’innovation.

      Définition circulaire mais liée à une page wikipedia

  7. Mar 2019
    1. There is a serious crisis of discoverability. To overcome it, we have to tear down the walls of dark knowledge and invest in the open discovery infrastructure, esp. user interfaces.

    1. Psychological safety is an organizational climate in which individuals feel they can speak truthfully and openly about problems without fear of reprisal.

  8. Feb 2019
    1. at an age of cheap complex devices of great reliability and something is bound to come of it.

      Interesting parallel as Gordon Moore was thinking about it maybe around the same time, his paper was published in 1965 https://drive.google.com/file/d/0By83v5TWkGjvQkpBcXJKT1I1TTA/view

  9. Jan 2019
    1. The Grid is based around ideas familiar to Bitwig Studio

      The continuity between these new modular features and the rest of the DAW’s workflow probably has unexpected consequences. Before getting information about BWS3, one might have thought that the “Native Modular System” promised since the first version might still be an add-on. What the marketing copy around this “killer feature” makes clear, it’s the result of a very deliberate process from the start and it’ll make for a qualitatively different workflow.

    1. Suite à l’approbation du Message sur la promotion économique pour les années 2016 à 2019, le Conseil fédéral a fixé l’orientation de la politique régionale et touristique. Ces deux politiques accordent une importance fondamentale à la promotion de l’innovation.

      Un peu maigre au niveau d'une politique publique de l'innovation

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  10. Dec 2018
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    1. When you look at those cities, you’ll also find some of the most innovative solutions to the way we conduct commerce. Not one-hour delivery or meal kits on demand, but the boom in a parallel retail model that is decidedly social and human focused.

      Less efficiency driven and more people/human oriented

  12. Nov 2018
    1. Others are implementing bedside ultra-sonography for procedures and diagnosis, pioneering methods of making rounds more patient- and family-centric, implementing unit-based leadership teams, or applying process-improvement ap-proaches such as the Toyota Pro-duction System to inpatient care.
    2. Many are developing early-warning pro-tocols in which electronic health record data are used to identify patients who are at risk for prob-lems such as sepsis or falls.
    3. Although we continue to be-lieve that the hospitalist model is the best guarantor of high-quality, efficient inpatient care, it’s clear that today’s pressures require in-novative approaches around this core. In addition to following pa-tients in post–acute care facili-ties, another modified approach is to have a subgroup of hospital-ists function as “comprehensivist” physicians who care for a small panel of the highest-risk, most frequently admitted outpatients and remain involved when hospi-talization is required. This model aims to blend the advantages of the hospitalist model for the vast majority (>95%) of inpatients with the potential advantages of conti-nuity for a small group of patients who are admitted repeatedly.
    1. Duffy points to the increase in health care interactions online and adds that he would like to see a pervasive culture of in-person care as last resort. “If every organizational decision, technology decision, process decision — assuming all the payment stuff, that’s kind of ticket of entry, transpires — if you view in-person as last resort, that will help pull systems across the country to a more consumer-forward Uber-like experience,” he says

      Biggest challenges to redesigning the health care system in a way that would work better for patients and improve health

    1. Deyo et al. (8) demonstrated a reduction in the adverse impact of inadequate health literacy in the neurosurgical field. The impact of an interactive videodisc program that informs patients of their treatment options for back surgery on patient outcome and surgical choices was evaluated. The program helped facilitate decision making and ensured informed consent. It also reduced surgery rates for patients with herniated disks. The authors of this study also implemented the use of patient-oriented multimedia to augment comprehension and advocated a similar strategy for other clinicians. Further commitment is needed to put health literacy at the forefront of improving health care and reducing health expenditures, especially in neurosurgery.
    1. Instructional Design Strategies for Intensive Online Courses: An Objectivist-Constructivist Blended Approach

      This was an excellent article Chen (2007) in defining and laying out how a blended learning approach of objectivist and constructivist instructional strategies work well in online instruction and the use of an actual online course as a study example.

      RATING: 4/5 (rating based upon a score system 1 to 5, 1= lowest 5=highest in terms of content, veracity, easiness of use etc.)

    1. Distance Education Trends: Integrating new technologies to foster student interaction and collaboration

      This article explores the interaction of student based learner-centered used of technology tools such as wikis, blogs and podcasts as new and emerging technology tools. With distance learning programs becoming more and more popular, software applications such as Writeboard, InstaCol and Imeem may become less of the software of choice. The article looks closely at the influence of technology and outcomes.

      RATING: 4/5 (rating based upon a score system 1 to 5, 1= lowest 5=highest in terms of content, veracity, easiness of use etc.)

    1. Individuals are most creative when provided space to follow their interests without sanction, when support and guidance are readily available, and when social community is fostered.

      "Support and guidance" is tricky. They're not binaries that are or are not available; they're large matrices of forms and degrees.

    2. My work, rooted in both theory and practice, reveals three things that are essential to bringing individuals into the circle of change: autonomy, guidance, and a sense of social community, or working toward a larger meaningful goal.
  13. Oct 2018
    1. Meanwhile, IT organizations are often defined by what's necessary rather than what's possible, and the cumulative weight of an increasingly complex communications infrastructure weighs ever heavier.

      In the middle of a deeper exploration of the 2014 edtech landscape.

    1. Inputs: the investment dollars and employee time devoted to innovation, along with the number of ideas that are gener­ated internally each month or sourced from customers, suppliers, and other out­siders. Throughputs: the number and quality of ideas that enter the pipeline after initial screening, the time it takes for those ideas to move from concept to proto­type to reality, and the notional value of the innovation pipe­line. Outputs: the number of innovations that reach the market in a given period, the percentage of revenue derived from new products and services, and the margin gains that are attributable to innovation. Leadership: the percentage of executive time that gets devoted to mentor­ing innovation projects, and 360-degree survey results that reveal the extent to which execu­tives are exhibiting pro-innovation behaviors. Competence: the percentage of employees who have been trained as business innovators, the percentage of employees who have qualified as innova­tion “black belts,” and changes in the quality of ideas that are being generated across the firm. Climate: the extent to which the firm’s management processes facilitate or frustrate innovation, and the progress that is being made in remov­ing innova­tion blockages. Efficiency: changes over time in the ratio of innovation outputs to inputs. Balance: the mix of different types of innova­tion (product, service, pricing, distribution, operations, etc.); differ­ent risk cate­go­ries (incremental improvements versus speculative ventures); and differ­ent time horizons.

      Some nice metrics for innovation in enterprise.

  14. Sep 2018
    1. performance curves beginning to level off – because of our inability to automate the design work needed to support further hardware improvements. Wed end up with some very powerful hardware, but without the ability to push it further

      Addressing the question of singularity, the author takes on an interesting perspective. One rationalization or opposing view is that technology is only as informational and intelligent as the creator itself. Just as the Mores conclude, "the computational competence of single neurons may be far higher than generally believed" and that "our present computer hardware might be [] 10 orders of magnitude short [compared to] our heads". This means that AI cannot surpass human intelligence as popularly believed. Rather, the article conjectures the possibility that if singularity were to occur, further innovation and improvements could never be made. I assume this is a biological and anatomical argument. Thus, implying that the technological constraints of AI cause it to be inferior to the biological makeup of the human brain. Thus, the author suggests that singularity can never really be fully realized.

  15. Aug 2018
    1. But whether a highly productive modern industrial society chooses to spend 3 or 7 percent of its GNP on defense rather than consumption is entirely a matter of that society's political priorities, which are in turn determined in the realm of consciousness.

      It's not so much the percentage on produced defense goods, but how quickly could a society ramp up production of goods, services, and people to defend itself compared to the militaries of its potential aggressors.

      In particular, most of the effort should go to the innovation side of war materiel. The innovation of the atomic bomb is a particularly nice example in that as a result of conceptualizing and then executing on it it allowed the US to win the war in the Pacific and hasten the end of war in Europe. Even if we otherwise had massive stockpiles of people or other weapons, our enemies could potentially have equaled them and dragged the war on interminably. It was the unknown unknown via innovation that unseated Japan and could potentially do the same to us based on innovation coming out of almost any country in the modern age.

    1. SynchroniCity is holding an open funding call for small and medium companies seeking to test ‘smart city’ solutions using IoT technology and to scale them to suit new markets.

    1. higher education has become widely regarded as a vehicle for driving innovation

      Is this true? I've witnessed quite the opposite as far as perceptions go.

  16. Jul 2018
    1. “When feedback data from large players is available to smaller competitors, then innovation…is not concentrated at the top,” he argues in “Reinventing Capitalism in the Age of Big Data”, a new book co-written with Thomas Ramge, a journalist.
    1. The notion of a governmental reboot seems fair enough. Government bureaucracies that grow over time can be anathema to innovation and efficiency. Technology has challenged the way we engage with all institutions, and the federal government could certainly improve its use of technology to better deliver services.
  17. Jun 2018
    1. Must those not presentlyidentified as creative be shown in fact to be inventors in order tobe fully recognized? Thisquestion suggests that we need to pay close attention to the tensions and contradictionsthat arise when we adopt a strategy that distributes practices previously identifiedexclusively with certain people and places (for example, with privileged white menworking in elite institutions of science and technology) across a wider landscape (one thatincludes women). In distributing those practices more widely, they are givencorrespondingly greater presence. A counter project, therefore, is to question the valueplaced on innovation itself. The aim is to understand how a fascination with change andtransformation might not be universal, but rather specifically located and with particularpolitical consequences for women, both in termsof the possibilities that are available tothem, and the visibility of their already existing contributions.
    2. Recent research on the actual work involved in putting technologies into usehighlights the mundane forms of inventive yet taken for granted labor, hidden in thebackground, that are necessary to the success of complex sociotechnical arrangements.
    1. Why are there poor in this world where technology has helped create sufficient abundance to provide for basic needs including food, homes and care for all?

      Innovations in Technology is more a proprietary community than open source.

  18. May 2018
    1. Although we graduate students into the larger economy, we educate them not to serve it but to shape it. We serve humanity first and foremost.

      Love these statements!

    2. higher education has always existed in the complex domain because it is a human system rather than a mechanical one

      Yes: a human system. Not merely a set of tools and processes to optimize.

    3. George Siemens suggests that the Cynefin framework may be the "best guidance . . . on how to function in our current context."

      Not surprised to find both @kreshleman and @bonstewart talking about Cynefin.

    4. Although we graduate students into the larger economy, we educate them not to serve it but to shape it.

      Shape, not serve: this is a key distinction!

  19. Apr 2018
    1. Public support for higher education is declining—in both dollars and respect—while Silicon Valley companies and other for-profits have moved in. Put simply, colleges are following the money.

      And so innovation is moving in the wrong direction? Or at least colleges and universities are following the market, SI, instead of developing based on their needs.

  20. Feb 2018
    1. the prolifery of breakthrough innovations that came pouring out of Doug's lab in the 1960s and '70s, probably more breakthroughs than any other lab in the history of computing before or since

      Well ain't that the truth!

  21. Dec 2017
    1. The head of a small university’s "academic innovation" office explains why that phrase isn’t a contradiction in terms, and how the office helps professors amplify creative approaches to teaching and learning.
  22. Nov 2017
    1. "potentiality" (to graft a concept by Anton Chekov from a literary to a technical context). This is the idea that within the use of every technical tool there is more than just the consciousness of that tool, there is also the possibility to spark something beyond those predefined use
    2. The idea that we can collaboratively build a platform that will frame the discourse and promote sharing is a promising aftereffect of the current MOOC backlash.

      Since the term “disruptive” has come to be associated with Clay Christensen’s model, there might be something closer to a reappropriation model like Hippies appropriating VW Beetles, Roadsworth painting pedestrian crossings into zippers, or circuit benders making musical instruments out of old toys. Somewhere, someone may subvert a MOOC into something useful. In fact, Arshad Ahmad once described a successful MOOC which had lost its instructors. Learners started owning their learning activities.

    3. mandate the use of "learning management systems."

      Therein lies the rub. Mandated systems are a radically different thing from “systems which are available for use”. This quote from the aforelinked IHE piece is quite telling:

      “I want somebody to fight!” Crouch said. “These things are not cheap -- 300 grand or something like that? ... I want people to want it! When you’re trying to buy something, you want them to work at it!”

      In the end, it’s about “procurement”, which is quite different from “adoption” which is itself quite different from “appropriation”.

    4. instances of broad, culture-shifting experimentation along these lines in higher education can be counted on one hand

      Let’s count them! And there’s something interesting about this contrast between experimentation and disruption. The latter may be about shifting profit centres. The former may be about learning.

    1. Innovation involves the acceptance of the goals of a culture but the rejection of the traditional and/or legitimate means of attaining those goals. For example, a member of the Mafia values wealth but employs alternative means of attaining his wealth; in this example, the Mafia member’s means would be deviant.
    1. The considerations which have governed the specification of languages to be taught by the professor of Modern Languages were that the French is the language of general intercourse among nations, and as a depository of human Science is unsurpassed by any other language living or dead: that the Spanish is highly interesting to us, as the language spoken by so great a portion of the inhabitants of our Continents, with whom we shall possibly have great intercourse ere long; and is that also in which is written the greater part of the early history of America.

      This excerpt Is remarkable because in order to feel the need to establish a new university, the board must have seen discrepancies in education amongst the other universities of the day. Languages being a missing component of a university that was of need to be changed is interesting since the board's purpose of including it so specifically shows that UVA was meant to be very cutting edge. It is mentioned that Spanish and French are needed to communicate with the other people of the Americas, which shows that the boar meant to educate generations of men who should amount to great stature in order to be needing these skills. This nuance shows me to me the thriving character of UVA, which is an education that is very practical.

      Muhammad Amjad

  23. Oct 2017
  24. Sep 2017
    1. Badging may be seen as an alternative to traditional forms of educational assessment and recognition. Traditional systems for recognizing learning – letter grades, transcripts, or even diplomas– may not be able to fully demonstrate students’ actual learning or achievements. Digital badging would allow metadata to be attached to each badge, bringing together valuable information about the criteria for earning the badge, the institution or instructor behind the badge, the date the badge was earned, descriptions or copies of assessment tools, or even examples of actual work submitted to receive the badge. [4] Additionally, as a form of micro-credentialing, badging would help document specific learning achievement along a larger path towards general achievement.

      This is a good idea for large, multi-site libraries. Staff have trouble leaving the branch for training, and have no incentive to increase their skills. Badges would be a tangible result, which (ideally) would accrue over time to illustrate an upward trend in skill development. An extrinsic motivator, true, but also a record of effort and time expended.

    1. I guess the big take away for me is that what I have heard from our community compels me to try to shift my focus from satisfying immediate user needs by continually improving the tools at hand to making progress and supporting progress towards a discovery environment we can’t yet imagine (because most of us are not Muriel Cooper) but which provides fun, intuitive, maybe immersive opportunities for discovery.

      I am interested in this sentiment, and how I might support it through our work at SAGE.

  25. Jun 2017
    1. Thomas Edison or other mythic geniuses.

      In 2017 most people (outside of students) have access to counter narratives: Edison was a patent pirate, actual geniuses like Tesla and Jobs are flawed people, academic biographies are more hagiographic than factual...

    2. You’ll see lots of lightbulbs

      Sometimes a light bulb is just a light bulb. I made these high intensity short-arc mercury-vapor lamps used to micro-photolithograph masks onto silicon wafers before depositing the metal in a vacuum, firing the metal in a glass lined furnace, chopping the wafers into "chips" and soldering the leads to make "computer chips." I worked beside the glassblower that patented these lamps at his shop in Santa Clara, California, or, if you prefer; Silicon Valley.

  26. Mar 2017
    1. The ability to assemble ourselves quickly into groups capable of concentrating everyone's focus on a problem without the difficulties and consequences of bringing the participants together physically would seem to be the genuine successor to flight in anyone's register of the most important technological developme

      The importance of assembling people together ~= flight in importance

    1. the best chance for legitimate change comes from outside the discipline

      Or from outside context - for better or for worse.

      What one introduces from the outside is always risky...

  27. Feb 2017
    1. An educational framework integrated across social change methodologies would offer depth of content and breadth of experience, providing opportunities for students to develop their citizenship skills and hone their entrepreneurial abilities so that they can think and act effectively within systems. To develop such a framework, faculty, staff, and industry professionals will have to become changemakers themselves. We will need to understand the contexts of our diverse fields and institutions, build coalitions, and expand on each other’s experiences in new and creative ways as we support our students in pursuing social change.
  28. Jan 2017
    1. the ability of an organization to rapidly adapt and steer itself in a new direction

      This is critical for financial services, given the intensity and frequency of regulations this millenia (2002 on). Having an organization that is agile, in addition to having infrastructure that is agile. Imagine a mortgage company that can consume new regulations by reading, analyzing and implementing in operations, compliance (tracking, attestation, reporting) with relative ease - massive competitive advantage. Now imagine a mortgage company that innovates and is ahead of regulations and is ensuring that they are competitive through efficiencies and innovative products without introducing unnecessary risk to customers or to themselves through questionable practices. Possibly unstoppable?

  29. Aug 2016
    1. The problem, as Taylor explained, is that the rise of e-commerce and social media has lowered the cost of entry for new competitors.

      Sounds like a very quick summary of what Ben Thompson was saying two weeks ago. But, in this case, it’s from “the horse’s mouth”.

  30. Jul 2016
    1. He believed this would foster a new literacy, a literacy that would bring about a revolution akin to the changes brought about by the printing press in the 16th and 17th centuries.
    1. “innovation”

      The quotes are important. There are different approaches to innovation. The one described here may be pushed by politicians and administrators, but some would argue that it’s not innovation in the same sense as what either Eric Von Hippel or Michael Schragge might describe.

  31. Jun 2016
    1. Innovation isn’t always about technology, efficiency, speed, scale

      According to scholars like MIT’s Eric Von Hippel and Michael Schrage, innovation is about usage. Otherwise, it’s just novelty. But the innovation discourse often repurposes the term to be about R&D.

    1. What is development? How does it happen? How have ideas on development changed since the Second World War? This study guide to International Development: Ideas, Experience, and Prospects will help dig deeper into these questions. Each chapter features a summary of the main conclusions, discussion questions, and suggested readings. The Study Guide Quick Finder is at the bottom of each page.

      If you work in international development? If you are interested in learning more about the history and evolution of the thinking driving international cooperation. This is a site for you.

      The site offers the pre-print version of an IDRC publication entitled International Development: Ideas, Experience, and Prospects, edited by Bruce Currie-Alder, Ravi Kanbur, David M. Malone, and Rohinton Medhora.

      This is an interesting book brings together the voices of over ninety authors, which include international development practitioners, experts and policy makers.

      The site contains a study guide comprised by eight sections of the book, each with a number of chapters. Ideal to use for beginner or advanced courses in universities and as reference for day to day work in the field.

  32. Apr 2016
    1. the study of innovation shows that everything hinges on the hard work of taking a promising idea and making it work — technically, legally, financially, culturally, ecologically. Constraints are great enablers of innovation.
    2. But there’s a downside to the hackathon hype, and our research on designing workplace projects for innovation and learning reveals why. Innovation is usually a lurching journey of discovery and problem solving. Innovation is an iterative, often slow-moving process that requires patience and discipline. Hackathons, with their feverish pace, lack of parameters and winner-take-all culture, discourage this process. We could find few examples of hackathons that have directly led to market success.
    3. what if projects were designed to combine a hacking mindset with rigorous examination of the data and experience they glean? This would reward smart failures that reveal new insights and equip leaders with the information needed to rescale, pivot or axe their projects.

      Sounds somewhat like agile devlopment.

  33. Feb 2016
    1. why, despite all the material and human resources invested by major academic institutions, do these widespread IT systems do not bring generally speaking any great educational value, and fall even shorter from bringing the much expected innovation to learning?

      Is all ict investment directed at producing innovation in learning? What kinds of innovation are expected?

  34. Jan 2016
    1. social benefits it might bring in terms of user autonomy and community-building

      There are contexts in which these things matter more. Maybe worthwhile to start from there. Not focusing on business models or “does it scale”. But on a plethora of initiatives and pilot projects.

  35. Dec 2015
    1. Yes, my intention was to show the most easily replaced in dark and move it to the least easily replaced.

      One linear model, represented in something of a spiral… Agreed that the transformative experience is tough to “disrupt”, but the whole “content delivery” emphasis shows that the disruption isn’t so quick.

    1. Edward R. O'Neill

      • When someone asks for help solving a problem, they've probably already thought about it to the point of frustration.
      • They need a fresh perspective.
      • They may not have a clear idea what the problem is.
      • They may have defined the problem incorrectly.
      • Problem solving often requires periods of mind-wandering -- forgetting about the problem, and letting the mind make free connections.
      • They may be so focused on the problem that they aren't allowing their mind to wander.
      • One way to help them is by "leading them to positive, hopeful, self-focused daydreams about their goals."
    1. Specifically, the study’s authors found two types of information skills that correlated with maximum ideation power: idea scouting and idea connecting. Idea scouts are good at identifying external ideas from diverse experts and resources on Twitter, and they convert weak ties to strong ties, including in offline face to face conversations. Idea connectors are good at identifying business opportunities from the Twitter ideas they discover; they curate and direct those ideas to the best business stakeholders across their organizations.
    2. The more diverse your network of friends on Twitter, the more innovative your ideas tend to be. That’s the conclusion of a five-year study of hundreds of people across five companies, in industries ranging from technology to food production to higher education.
  36. Nov 2015
    1. Center  Priorities

      priorities

    2. Most  centers  (81%)  report  up  through  the  Provost  or  Academic  Affairs  Office.    The  remainder  report  to  the  CIO  (6%),  the  library  (2%)  or  “other”  units  such  as  a  special  learning  or  innovation
    3. Technology  is  often  not  the  leading  focus  of  most  of  these  efforts,  but  rather  viewed  as  a  tool  to  potentially  help  achieve  desired  outcomes.    UT-­‐Austin,  for  example,  has  created  an  Associate  Vice  Provost  for  Learning  Sciences  position  that  oversees  a  Learning  Sciences  group  that  includes  faculty  developers,  digital  content  developers,  technologists,  and  a  unified  learning  analytics  infrastructure.    Duke’s  center,  which  is  the  only  one  among  the  17  that  reports  up  through  the  library,  works  very  hard  to  take  faculty  who  come  in  wanting  to  test  a  new  technology  and  get  them  thinking,  instead,  about  transforming  their  course.    This  is  also  true  for  Carnegie  Mellon’s  Eberly  Center,  which  grounds  any  technical  solutions  in  the  desired  learning  outcomes
    1. In the past few years, many colleges have expanded the scale and scope of centers that support teaching and learning with technology, as part of an effort to build a new “innovation infrastructure” for instruction.

      Innovation infrastructure

  37. Oct 2015
    1. there will be more experimentation around content

      One would hope that the field is wide open for experimentation. Yet such dreams of creative endeavours get crushed by business models.

    1. a web-wide ‘Like’ feature could just be implemented as a special kind of annotation

      Unlike some other approaches to development, this acknowledgment that usage can push innovation could help expand Hypothesis beyond a core base of “annotation geeks”. Document-level annotations can serve to classify or evaluate, like social bookmarking. What’s wrong with that?

    1. The freedom to make and remake our cities and ourselves is, I want to argue, one of the most precious yet most neglected of our human rights.

      In an earlier paragraph: "If the city is the world which man created, it is the world in which he is henceforth condemned to live" and I interpret that with the text that I highlighted. I come up with an understanding that cities and the constructed environment at big scales coincides with our ability to make and recreate the cities and ourselves. It has to do with personal growth and change which evidently amounts to the growth and change of our cities. Both seemingly connected.

  38. Sep 2015
  39. Apr 2015
    1. Innovation in education isn’t about the latest gadget or app, or about how adept a student is at using a smartphone to consume the latest Internet meme. It’s about how technological tools can empower students to become who they want to be, and who we need them to be — the kind of children and young people who ask, “What can I improve? How can I help? What can I build?”
  40. Dec 2014
    1. However the Internet changes how governments work, I’m optimistic that it’s a good thing for governance.

      However, we have to be extremely wary of importing too many things from the technology world into governments. "Move fast and break things" is great when you can just roll out a patch, but not so good when it costs a generation their education or health care.

  41. Mar 2014
    1. mEDRA has been created as a solution for the need of the publishing industry to be supported in the technological innovation process by professionals with a deep understanding of the specific requirements and dynamics of the sector, that could provide specialised technological solutions and expertise.

      mEDRA brings toghther publishing and tecnology experise. This is an effective approach to digital disruption.

  42. Oct 2013
    1. And therefore we must be on our guard, lest, in striving to carry to a higher point the emotion we have excited, we rather lose what we have already gained.

      being alert and responsive to the mood of the listener, and knowing how to adjust effectively requires "presence" and practice