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For the last 3 days of last week it was my absolute pleasure and honour to be part of the Business Innovation Factory Conference (www.businessinnovationfactory.com/) in Providence, Rhode Island. BIF8 as it was called was fantastic collection of storytellers and innovator participants.


I have published some of my reflections over at our long form blog on the story tellers including some links to notes and videos and made the follwoing comment:


"Besides the absolute achievement of the presenters (sorry Saul - Storytellers) the other thing that was so powerful was the vulnerability and  openness. We are used to politicians, leaders, and conference presenters telling us how successful they are but rarely see the struggles and failures and crises of confidence that come with the journey.Not at BIF
It was hard not to feel continually inadequate in this company but a someone else said late in the process, everybody was feeling the same way. The challenge was to take that feeling and go and do some stuff that makes a difference”
I recommend going over there and having a read if you are interested in people, trying to innovate to change big social systems and solve social problems rather than inventing the next razor with 7 blades instead of 6:


Posted at 9:50pm and tagged with: innovation, community, inspiration,.

WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg confessed to feeling conflicted about one of the blogging service’s upcoming features: Notifications.

Mullenweg said he’s concerned that Silicon Valley is creating products that are so engaging that they’re also incredibly distracting, to the detriment of creativity and productivity.

He fretted that some of these socially disruptive technologies might be “morally destitute.” He has been preoccupied with the question: “Is Silicon Valley destroying the world?”

Posted at 9:09pm and tagged with: tech, disruption, innovation, risk, technology,.

stoweboyd:

Integrated Workstation
Designed by Matthew Plumstead

Taking only the most essential components of a workstation and adding a third component- the daybed, this workstation provides maximum flexibility in a very modest footprint. Standing, sitting, and reclining are each given an equal and accommodating space, making a strong statement about new behaviors and postures in the office.

One of the prototypes dreamed up by Cranbrook design students in a project with Herman Miller called Rest and Relaxation In the Workplace.

Posted at 12:00pm and tagged with: work, innovation, design,.

stoweboyd:


Integrated Workstation Designed by Matthew Plumstead
Taking only the most essential components of a workstation and adding a third component- the daybed, this workstation provides maximum flexibility in a very modest footprint. Standing, sitting, and reclining are each given an equal and accommodating space, making a strong statement about new behaviors and postures in the office.

One of the prototypes dreamed up by Cranbrook design students in a project with Herman Miller called Rest and Relaxation In the Workplace.

futurescope:

3D print an entire room

A collaborative project to build the world first movable pavilion that can 3D-print entire rooms of plastics. The KamerMaker should be able print small interiors, measuring up to 2.4 meters x 3m x 3m.

(via)

Posted at 10:08am and tagged with: tech, technology, 3D Printing, innovation, collaboration,.

futurescope:

3D print an entire room
A collaborative project to build the world first movable pavilion that can 3D-print entire rooms of plastics. The KamerMaker should be able print small interiors, measuring up to 2.4 meters x 3m x 3m.
(via)

smarterplanet:

DARPA Launches Program to Industrialize Genetic Engineering

DARPA has launched a program called called “Living Foundries,”designed to apply the conventions of manufacturing to living cells, Wired Danger Room reports.

DARPA has awarded seven research grants worth $15.5 million to six different companies and institutions, including the University of Texas at Austin, Cal Tech, and the J. Craig Venter Institute. “Living Foundries” aspires to streamline genetic engineering for “on-demand production” of whatever bio-product suits the military’s immediate needs, starting with a library of “modular genetic parts.”

The agency wants researchers to come up with a set of “parts, regulators, devices and circuits” that can reliably yield various genetic systems. After that, they’ll also need “test platforms” to quickly evaluate new bio-materials to “compress the biological design-build-test cycle by at least 10X in both time and cost,” while also “increasing the complexity of systems that can be designed and executed.”

What could possibly go wrong?

(via DARPA, Venter launch assembly line for genetic engineering | KurzweilAI)

via joshbyard:

Posted at 2:40am and tagged with: Biotechnology, tech, risk, technology, innovation, genetics, military,.

smarterplanet:

DARPA Launches Program to Industrialize Genetic Engineering
DARPA has launched a program called called “Living Foundries,”designed to apply the conventions of manufacturing to living cells, Wired Danger Room reports.
DARPA has awarded seven research grants worth $15.5 million to six different companies and institutions, including the University of Texas at Austin, Cal Tech, and the J. Craig Venter Institute. “Living Foundries” aspires to streamline genetic engineering for “on-demand production” of whatever bio-product suits the military’s immediate needs, starting with a library of “modular genetic parts.”
The agency wants researchers to come up with a set of “parts, regulators, devices and circuits” that can reliably yield various genetic systems. After that, they’ll also need “test platforms” to quickly evaluate new bio-materials to “compress the biological design-build-test cycle by at least 10X in both time and cost,” while also “increasing the complexity of systems that can be designed and executed.”

What could possibly go wrong?
(via DARPA, Venter launch assembly line for genetic engineering | KurzweilAI)

via joshbyard:

Courier firm hires delivery runners to beat congestion during London Olympics

  • DHL is enlisting London-based JogPost’s team of foot couriers to make sure packages get to their recipients



Full Story: Mailonline

Posted at 7:13pm and tagged with: innovation, marketing, strategy,.

Courier firm hires delivery runners to beat congestion during London Olympics
DHL is enlisting London-based JogPost’s team of foot couriers to make sure packages get to their recipients


Full Story: Mailonline

Posted at 8:21am and tagged with: innovation,.

There is no winning formula or established convention for measuring long-term innovation bets.

smarterplanet:

Hertz and IBM Launch Smart Microgrid for Electric Car-Sharing | TPM Idea Lab

IBM’s Ehningen Innovation Center campus in Germany is about to become ground zero for the development of an advanced personal transportation system that combines Hertz’s car sharing know-how with distributed renewable energy, electric vehicles and smart microgrid technology.

The new system, announced earlier this week, will piggyback on an existing car sharing agreement between the Ehningen campus and nearby Stuttgart Airport, through Hertz’s online self-service renting portal.

The new field test illustrates IBM’s accelerating embrace of renewable energy and electric vehicle technology. Last month, Idea Lab reported that IBM has been developing an advanced lithium-air battery that could be instrumental in lowering the retail price of electric vehicles.

The Ehningen test dovetails with IBM’s EV battery research and with its participation in the EDISON research consortium, which the company joined in 2009. EDISON is a Denmark-based project (it stands for Electric Vehicles in a Distributed and Integrated Market using Sustainable Energy and Open Networks) designed to build a pathway to mass market use of electric vehicles.

Posted at 10:08am and tagged with: transport, innovation, energy, tech, technology, electric cars,.

smarterplanet:

Hertz and IBM Launch Smart Microgrid for Electric Car-Sharing | TPM Idea Lab
IBM’s Ehningen Innovation Center campus in Germany is about to become ground zero for the development of an advanced personal transportation system that combines Hertz’s car sharing know-how with distributed renewable energy, electric vehicles and smart microgrid technology.
The new system, announced earlier this week, will piggyback on an existing car sharing agreement between the Ehningen campus and nearby Stuttgart Airport, through Hertz’s online self-service renting portal.
The new field test illustrates IBM’s accelerating embrace of renewable energy and electric vehicle technology. Last month, Idea Lab reported that IBM has been developing an advanced lithium-air battery that could be instrumental in lowering the retail price of electric vehicles.
The Ehningen test dovetails with IBM’s EV battery research and with its participation in the EDISON research consortium, which the company joined in 2009. EDISON is a Denmark-based project (it stands for Electric Vehicles in a Distributed and Integrated Market using Sustainable Energy and Open Networks) designed to build a pathway to mass market use of electric vehicles.

springwise:

Automotive tire adapts automatically to road conditions

It’s one thing to be alerted by text message when road conditions become treacherous — even better, however, would be to have tires that can adapt to these conditions automatically. Enter a new adaptive tire created at the Leipzig University of Applied Sciences that can adjust its grooves to suit the current weather and surface conditions. READ MORE…

Posted at 5:31pm and tagged with: transport, innovation, tech, technology,.

springwise:

Automotive tire adapts automatically to road conditions
It’s one thing to be alerted by text message when road conditions become treacherous — even better, however, would be to have tires that can adapt to these conditions automatically. Enter a new adaptive tire created at the Leipzig University of Applied Sciences that can adjust its grooves to suit the current weather and surface conditions. READ MORE…

Wikispeed: How A 100 mpg Car Was Developed In 3 Months

What if the car you drove to work every day got 100 mpg? Joe Justice and his Wikispeed team have developed a functional prototype. Using Agile radical management methods, their prototype was developed in just three months, instead of the multi-year process that traditional manufacturing requires.


Full Story: Forbes

Posted at 8:21am and tagged with: tech, technology, design, innovation, collaboration,.

Wikispeed: How A 100 mpg Car Was Developed In 3 Months


What if the car you drove to work every day got 100 mpg? Joe Justice and his Wikispeed team have developed a functional prototype. Using Agile radical management methods, their prototype was developed in just three months, instead of the multi-year process that traditional manufacturing requires.

Full Story: Forbes