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Monday, 30 December 2013
Every day, I am pitched by startups hoping to change the world and some actually do. Lately however, it seems that many entrepreneurs are confusing creativity with innovation. Now more than ever, I see apps, services, and companies that are uninspired or uninspiring. While this itself is not a problem, the fact that many of these ideas are funded creates a benchmark for mediocrity.
While clever or interesting, more than a fair share of ideas are not original, unusual, experimental or grand enough to will the next 10 years in a direction that fulfills its true potential. In the grand ecosystem of innovation, most ideas are infrequently innovative and as a result, waves of potential disruption are erratic or fleeting. Ideas are a commodity these days. The next 10 years will be defined by those who do more than innovate. The future lies in the hands of those who disrupt markets and industries. But, often innovation and disruption are not linked together.
Friday, 6 December 2013
I had the privilege of both participating and presenting at a remarkable conference last week in Melbourne. Creative Innovation is the brainchild of Tania De Jong AM, a leading Australian soprano and social entrepreneur. Ci2013 delivered world class creative ideas and transformative solutions. It offered discussion in a most creative way on credible forecasts, strategies and best practices. Read more
Monday, 11 November 2013
HOPE for a breakthrough at the international climate change talks in Warsaw next week is evergreen: “Where there is a will, there is a way!” the hosts’ environment minister says. But despite this optimism, there is little global will for an overarching agreement akin to the failed Kyoto protocol.
Friday, 1 November 2013
1. Curious: Innovators actively explore the environment, challenge status quo and investigate new possibilities. Read more
Thursday, 24 October 2013
By: Holly Magister
Much debate surrounds the notion that an entrepreneur is born with innate entrepreneurial abilities. Many believe that specific genes are present in all successful entrepreneurs. In fact, a 2008 study of identical versus fraternal twins conducted by Scott Shane of Case Western Reserve University, Nicos Nicolaou of the University of Cyprus, and other researchers from the King’s College in London concluded a tendency to engage in entrepreneurship was indeed genetic and heritable. Read more
Wednesday, 25 September 2013
By Tania de Jong AM
Australia is a highly successful and prosperous nation. However, we have ridden on our luck, particularly by relying heavily on our natural resources to get us through. In the 21st century being lucky isn’t enough; our future success will depend on us nurturing talent and inventiveness. In short, it will depend on our creativity. Read more