Davos posts

January 31, 2011

I was posting on the World Economic Forum blog at Davos last week. Here are the three pieces all in one place for those who are interested. Post 1 What are we sharing? I like the theme for this year’s Davos Annual Meeting – Shared Norms for the New Reality. I like the way it is characterized as t...

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Steal this idea

December 31, 2010

The first two OpenIDEO challenges have recently been completed and now the trick is spreading the best ideas with the goal to have some be implemented. The results of the the educational tools challenge, sponsored by Grey Matters Capital, have been presented at the Enterprising Schools Symposium in ...

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Permission to Innovate

December 31, 2010

I was given the opportunity to contribute to the HBR Agenda 2011 and wrote a short piece on the idea of successful companies earning  'permission to innovate' from customers and stakeholders. You can see it here and the other 23 contributions from far more esteemed folks such as Dan Pink, Michael Po...

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Checks and balances

November 29, 2010

In a conversation over breakfast this morning an architect friend was relaying a conversation she in turn had had the previous evening with someone influential in the world of economics. He was wondering why in architecture and design there are relatively few examples of massive and systemic failure...

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Design nations

October 31, 2010

I am off to Singapore in a week for my first visit. I have been invited by the government to give a talk on design thinking and meet with various government and business leaders to talk about the role of design thinking at a national level. It is interesting to think about national scale design and...

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The future of the book

September 21, 2010

Some folks in the New York office of IDEO have been thinking about the future of the book and how it shows up as an experience on tablets. They would love to get your reactions to the ideas. It is interesting to think how a media morphs as it transitions to a new technology platform. In this case ...

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Design story: The Decanter

August 12, 2010

Design story: The Decanter from Landor Associates on Vimeo. For a wonderful "Mad Men" era video about design check out the decanter video from Landor. No doubt design was simpler back then but it is impressive to see the level of craft applied to such transient objects. I was also impressed by how ...

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August 1, 2010

We have been working on a project for a while now that we are very excited about. It is called OpenIDEO and it is launching today. We are hoping that we can create a platform for you to work with us on some important social innovation projects. Don't worry if you are not a practicing designer. There...

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Local Design

July 31, 2010

I don't generally travel to rural Oxfordshire, the place in England where I grew up, for design inspiration. History, beauty, friends and family - yes, but design - no. That is at least until I discovered Giffords Circus on my trip this summer. Giffords is a family circus that spends the summer mont...

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June 8, 2010

I don't usually write about things IDEO is directly involved in but I am making an exception here. Lars Hinrichs, founder of the social networking site for professionals XING, launched his next enterprise today. It's called HackFwd (Hack Forward) and it aims to be a place where European technology ...

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