Kim Chandler McDonald’s exclusive interviews with more than 100 international innovators in fields as diverse as business, technology, social policy, the arts and advertising, media, medicine and more, give readers inside access to what makes innovators tick, talk and tremble.
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“The book is a gallery of bright and brilliant innovation stories in our GDE-Global Digital Economy and Me-conomics. It is full of inspiring interviews as well as mind-stimulating ‘Quizzics’. It is demonstrating that the future is in navigating the innovative ecosystems generated by the renewal of National Intellectual Capital, as well as leveraging/embracing the innovative Intellectual Capital multiplier effects of ICT innovation at the enterprise level. Happy Reading!”
— Leif Edvinsson, World's First Professor on Intellectual Capital; Brain of the Year 1998 for pioneering Intellectual Capital Navigation; Open Innovation Luminary Awardee 2013
“Kim Chandler McDonald offers fresh (and brash) voices of unexpected innovators who will delight and inspire people everywhere to find their own creative spark in a "me-conomy" of new possibilities. ”
— Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Harvard Business School Professor and bestselling author of Confidence and SuperCorp: How Vanguard Companies Create Innovation, Profits, Growth, and Social Good
“The importance of innovative thought and the collaboration of ideas and inspiration is at the forefront of this collection of interviews and essays. The range of business expertise and acumen is extensive; however it’s important that Kim has also included award winning young people who illustrate that students have great potential and strive for excellence in a wide range of fields that benefit business and society alike. By including these young people and highlighting the non-cognitive skills they deployed to drive change, the book becomes a bridge to discussion among a wide range of ages and interests.”
— Sarah Berghorst, Executive Director at OneGoal. As the United States’ only teacher-led college persistence organization, OneGoal identifies, trains and supports the nation's most effective teachers to lead underperforming high school students to reach their full potential and graduate from college. They envision a day when every student has the opportunity to graduate from college. To learn more, please visit www.onegoalgraduation.org.
“We can generalize all we like about innovation, but in the end it boils down to people. Some famous, some not. Some whose efforts shift the world, some whose seismic impacts are on the micro scale. What unites them is the gift to see round corners and press on when more rational (ahem) persons hold back. Here are sharply-focused interviews with these doers and some keen observers. I've read them to my profit, and so will you.”
— Nigel Cameron Strategic Adviser, President of the Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies (C-PET) in Washington, DC, and a Principal of C-PET Futures Platform
“Succeeds in being visionary and pragmatic at the same time. Filled with valuable insights and grounded advice. Gives you an urge to improve everything around you - which is the essence of innovation.”
— Saku Tuominen. Founder of Idealist Group and Dreamdo. Entrepreneur, executive producer, author, keynote-speaker, innovator and idealist
“Innovation is boundless, borderless and vital to a vibrant, creative and prosperous society. Kim Chandler McDonald illustrates this compellingly by bringing together more than 100 international thought-leaders, highlighting the triumphs and obstacles behind real-world, world-class innovation.”
— Henry F. De Sio, Jr. 2008 Obama for America COO, Former Deputy Assistant to President Barack Obama, Author & Leadership Innovator
“When reading Innovation, it's not hard to imagine the incredibly busy schedules of its contributors and readers, and see the purpose of the book's delicious bite-sized chunks of ideas, experiences and insights that may be savoured in moments of respite or over a lazy weekend afternoon. It offers a glimpse into an organic global order - the roots, branches and leaves of innovation - that is shaping humanity's future, and the requisite tending and shaping of ideas that is necessary to continue to make innovation meaningful, and not just an overplayed buzzword.”
— Brad Smith, Founder of WebVisions
“Innovation contains hundreds of fascinating thoughts about how true innovation occurs in the real world. Too many books on the subject matter are full of fluff and hyperbole, while never saying anything worth while. However, Kim delivers on her promises and provides useful insight through the lens of others.”
— Seth Kravitz is a Chicagoan, Cofounder of Technori, Bow Truss Coffee Roasters and Strange Pelican Brewery
“Kim Chandler McDonald has underlined not just how important innovation is to us presently, but how integral it will be to us in the future - both in the short term and long term. It is not often that a book appears which reaches across so many frontiers of experience and expertise as it extends an inter-generational bridge between such a wide range of ideas, inspirations and innovational thinking. I would suggest this book be core reference reading for any student of innovation and entrepreneurship - whether they are leading up to university study, in a graduate program, or partaking in the university of life.”
— Sandy Carter, IBM General Manager and Social Business Evangelist
“The personal insights shared by the innovators who were interviewed explore the core concepts underlying innovation and the skills that will define success in the increasingly competitive global digital economy. With its enhanced eBook/online format, !nnovation is a great read and an intriguing interactive experience!”
— Francine Gordon, Ph.D. CEO of Womenovation
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Julian Keith Loren
Julian Keith Loren (USA) is an award-winning innovator, who has been building design and innovation teams and taking on large-scale, multi-faceted design challenges for over 20 years. Harnessing the power of gameplay to bridge disciplines and break communication barriers, Julian designs and facilitates Gameferences--unforgettable face-to-face games that drive deep exploration and breakaway design. He is the Co-Founder of the Innovation Management Institute where he has helped clients such as General Electric, Johnson&Johnson, eBay and Institute for the Future with key innovation initiatives. Julian has also lectured and run collaborative design games at Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley and occasionally writes about technology and innovation topics.
How do you define Innovation?
Ideation isn’t enough, implementation isn’t enough, introduction isn’t enough; for me, innovation goes all the way to impact... it’s that change in the world.
I don't just focus on product or service innovation, but rather on all the systems and models around that: business models, service models, ecosystems, open innovation networks, brand systems, image models, and the supporting organisational models.
You have to innovate in a way that creates sustained competitive advantage. And it's very difficult. You have to create what I call the “Super System,” which is business models and service models that are a unique, perfectly aligned, ecosystem: image models, brand systems, and supporting organisational models. Once you create all of that, it’s tremendously difficult to copy.
How essential has Innovation been in your career/business to date; and how important do you envisage it being going forward?
I don't remember a time when I wasn’t designing and inventing things and very encouraged to do so.
My grandfather was an inventor. He was a pioneer in computer science, doing computer programmes to control machine devices, some of which were used for the first moon launch.
And my father’s also an inventor. He did some inventions for the MRI and created the radio designs that are used for the National Emergency Broadcast System and things like that. He was also co-designer of the world’s largest radio transmitter, a 500,000-watt transmitter.
So, it was never really a question... I did some of my first inventions on some of my father’s projects when I was very young.
What is the most important piece of Innovation, which has launched in your lifetime?
It’s the cluster of innovations around the internet and internet technologies. It’s so engrained in the fabric of my work.
What do you think is imperative for Innovation to have the best chance of success; and what have you found to be the greatest barrier to it’s success?
Education is definitely a problem. I also have French citizenship, and in France people get degrees and actually go into the field that's related to their degree. In the US it’s very rare that somebody studies something and then, goes into that field. That's sort of silly, as then, corporations spend more to retrain people that already have advanced degrees. That means our education isn’t providing what it needs to.
We have a service economy now, and people aren’t working in simple well-defined roles. We’re working in cross-functional, multi-disciplinary teams, but that's not our education. Our education is still tremendously siloed.
There’s also certain things we aren’t teaching. We aren’t teaching people to deal with complex decision-making and critical thinking. Edutopia and some other organisations are trying to address this with integrated studies, project, team and game-based learning. And that's brilliant!
Government still tends, when measuring innovation, to measure the number of patents and advanced engineering degrees. For capital “I” innovation, you need people that don't have degrees or have degrees in completely different things. You need a very diverse team. Engineers, by themselves, in a room, think about technical solutions to problems. They don’t think about market drivers and making customers co-creators... all the things that really help when it comes to broad and long-term adoption.
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