Touristification of Innovation

"Yeah, but, John, if The Pirates of the Caribbean breaks down, the pirates don't eat the tourists." - Jurassic Park Jurassic Park as intended was a delightful journey in a self-driving jeep on rail through some thoughtfully planned dinosaur habitats. Tourists were to have a safe and scripted experience; seeing exactly what was on the … Continue reading Touristification of Innovation

Listening for Hidden Solutions

Every cloud has its silver lining. At least that's what were told, usually when things go bad. There has to be a nugget of hope somewhere. I can only imagine that thought ran through Jerry Sternin's mind when he visited Vietnam in 1990. As part of Save the Children, Sternin was there to help the … Continue reading Listening for Hidden Solutions

Sticky Storm Innovation [100 Word Challenge]

Yelling out ideas in a crockpot of group-think fails, yet we keep brainstorming. Jake Knapp suggests that perhaps "brainstorming" lingers because of its "catchy name". So I made some other weather-related portmanteau. THUNDERSTANDING Empathy and journey mapping create a swell of idea; the thunderstanding comes before the brainstorms. ISOLATED WONDERSTORMS Structured time to work solo and … Continue reading Sticky Storm Innovation [100 Word Challenge]

Divergence, Convergence, and Roses

I'm going to show you an image and tell you a story, and you will believe it. You'll believe not because I told you to believe it, but because you want to believe it is true. The Story This is a place where mankind has sanitized, homogenized, and developed using a rigid and typically unforgiving … Continue reading Divergence, Convergence, and Roses

Light Rays, Toothpaste, and Ideation [100 Word Challenge]

Jon Acuff used only 100 words to restrict a recent post. Restrictions can drive creativity like toothpaste channelled through a narrow opening. You can concentrate your brain squeezings onto a precise AND ACTIONABLE solution. Toothpaste everywhere doesn't help you brush your teeth. Tim Brown, IDEO, says that leaders need to define Purpose (goal), Challenges (stepping stones to get … Continue reading Light Rays, Toothpaste, and Ideation [100 Word Challenge]

Smallify Your Disruptive Idea

Way before the Walt Disney Resort drew tourists to Florida like moths to a flame, they needed to buy some land. Had they waltzed over to the East Coast and declared Disney domain over central Florida, imagine what land costs would have been like. No, Walt had a plan to avoid paying "Hollywood upcharges". The … Continue reading Smallify Your Disruptive Idea

Boss Battle Breakthroughs

I can't imagine a less appealing career than being a video game villain. No matter how hard you try, or how many henchmen you hire, the hero is destined to win the game. Castles broken. Airships grounded. Treasure looted. So what does the video game villain do next? They build a different castle, marginally tougher, but still … Continue reading Boss Battle Breakthroughs