Archive for: January, 2009

Share your definition of innovation…no really share it.

Yesterday after I posted the what is innovation post I found out through Twitter that @jonburg Obsessed download has his own project going to create a crowdsourced definition of innovation and then publish and ebook about it.

To participate please do one of the following:

  • Submit your one line definition of innovation here
  • Innovation is…
  • Innovation means…
  • Tweet your definition of innovation and include the hashtag #Novate

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All answers will be published in his ebook Innovation in 2009.

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What is innovation?

Last week a discussion started on Twitter on defining innovation. Folks chipped in their own definition of innovation and there’s some great responses so far.

To me:

innovation is an invention that changes the way we do things and that has a social or economic impact on the world.

If you have your own definition of innovation send to @toddschnick and add hashtag #idef140 and then vote for the best definition of innovation.

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The Jumpitz stage lifelong learning experiences for kids

The Young One dvd Godsend I’ve been consulting with The Jumpitz, a children’s entertainment group, for the last month and a half . While I don’t have kids of my own I do know that the Jumpitz present and innovative approach to teach preschool children about the world around them.

The Jumpitz stage an experience where the characters use music and dance to tell stories that children can easily relate to and therefore are easily inspired to learn. The characters with their distinct personalities represent the differences of world cultures  and provide the global perspective of learning that children need.
Here are a few reasons why if you’re a parent you want your kids to experience the Jumpitz:

  • Introduces diversity, including the diversity of the cast itself which allows kids to identify with a cast member or find one they can aspire to be like
  • Contains subtle, yet positive message
  • Keeps kid entertained, therefore engaged
  • Teaches kids about various traditions, customs, music and dance from around the world

Jump in and help your kids discover their world!

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Open Innovation for philanthropist’s

Thanks to twitter I’ve been able to connect with a few people in the innovation space and thanks to I was directed to an innovation marketplace for philanthropists.

Philoptima uses an open innovation platform to help grant makers, funders, donors, philanthropists, and seekers to have access to applied research and interventional best-methods for their work on any global community challenges such as environmental, education and health.

 The high levels of brainpower that can leveraged from open innovation efforts such as Philoptima’s can help philanthropists better define a problem they are trying to solve and then given that clustered brainpower increase the likelihood of coming up with a solution of higher impact.


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Open innovation is all about connecting with others to find and then create new ideas that have market changing potential.

The time is ripe for your business to engage in open innovation. With recession in full swing the opportunity to collaborate with others in finding and developing new ideas is a strategic move you should be considering a priority.

On Being indispensable


A very Happy New Year to everyone. I’m looking forward to this coming year with lots of projects in the pipeline, new services, new ventures and a lot of fun.

So it’s the start of a new year and I want to share a piece of advice that works for me….

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Being valuable makes you unique

I have a personal protocol I follow that I apply to myself and unto others…you either indispensable or your replaceable.

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I don’t mention this freely to anybody but making a difference in people’s lives is very important to me (my company’s slogan is Think Impact). There is something that came up a few weeks ago while talking with clients (why we got into this conversation, I don’t know) that got me thinking about my protocol. I realized that one of the reasons that I’ve held on to the past is because I feel I didn’t make a difference in this person’s life (yes, I’m talking about someone I love dearly).

I know I’m obsessed with making a difference, I just can’t stand myself being irrelevant.

I’ve learned that is like anything else, you have to cultivate it. Integrate it in every part of your life and make it part of your daily thinking. I’ve told people to start by asking simple questions as “How can I improve this?”, “How can I make this better?”, “How can I help this person be better at X?”.

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  • Be there. Don’t wait to be needed, anticipate.
  • Follow the Golden Rule. Treat others as you’d like to be treated.
  • Be original. What do you stand for?
  • Respect. Respect yourself, respect others and you shall be respected.
  • Bend and break rules. The status quo scares me, making it irrelevant fires me up.
  • Give them something to remember. Who are you? What are you here for? Where are you going?
  • Stay humble. Stay grounded and remember where you came from.
  • Make others better. Empower people, share and become a source of power.
  • Strive to be the best at what you do. Bring your A game everyday, set high expectations for yourself and don’t expect anything less than the best you have to offer.
  • Be an example to follow. Lead by example, people respond to what they see. They don’t follow titles.

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What do you think, what have you found that makes you indispensable? Remember to share.

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