Update: Can Creativity Be Taught?

Update: Can Creativity Be Taught? We are thrilled that this question has elicited so much response. First, to date, of those who answered the poll, almost 1/2 (47%) believe creativity can be taught, 29% think this is "somewhat" the case (that people can improve their creative ability), 24% feel you've either got it or you don't. Perhaps more interesting, however, is the number and variety of responses we received when we posted the question on LinkedIn. In just one day the question received 23 answers from business professionals of all kinds, from different industries. Many were extremely thoughtful and provocative. We hope to use highlights from several in our article.…

Read more

Innovation Spotlight: High Tech Weight Loss & Fitness

Innovation Spotlight: High Tech Weight Loss & Fitness Innovation comes about in all areas. On this blog we often focus on innovative forms of communication, or design or advanced technologies that make life easier or more productive. Of course, the area of health, fitness and wellness is always full of innovative processes and technological advances. But here's an example of innovation that truly helps everyday people solve an everyday problem, utilizing bleeding edge technology that would've been unthinkable just a few years ago. Not long ago, a friend told me about a revolutionary device he read about that tracks the number of calories your burn with unprecedented accuracy - not just while you're working out (like a heart rate monitor), but 24 hours a day, even while you're sleeping.…

Read more

Grin-ovations: Jury Selection is in (Voie) DIRE Need of Innovation

Grin-ovations: Jury Selection is in (Voie) DIRE Need of Innovation As I type this post, I'm sitting in the Central Jury Room at the Queens County Courthouse in Kew Gardens, New York City. This is the start of my third day fulfilling my civic duty, which from what I can tell, mostly consists of sitting around in an institutional environment. This is my first time in a jury pool. Ever. Not sure why I've been deemed undesirable for so many years; but I have been. Something changed recently, however, and now I'm apparently worthy of this ever-so-fulfilling experience. What a great environment for the fertile mind!…

Read more

Innovation Spotlight: “Projectella”

Innovation Spotlight: "Projectella" The thing I love the most about living in NYC is the surprise of running into something very cool and unexpected with regular frequency. The city seems to be the testing ground for tomorrow’s new media innovations. Until not that long ago, about the only way you could deliver brand messages to consumers outside the home was on a billboard or a bus shelter. Just like everything else, this has clearly changed. Last week, I had the unexpected pleasure of running into what looked like a science fiction scene straight out of Ridley’s Scott’s classic movie, Blade Runner.…

Read more

Innovation Spotlight: reQall

Innovation Spotlight: reQall One of the Best, Most Innovative Productivity iPhone Apps I've Seen to Date At the risk of over- overstating the obvious, the iPhone is a paradigm changing device in so many ways. No more on that. But one of the most remarkable thing about it is the opportunity it provides for others to develop truly innovative (see our earlier post, "Innovation Plain & Simple" for a good definition) applications. Here's one I came across today. I actually saw it profiled on the morning news -- reQall -- described on their website as "...a voice-enabled memory aid that seamlessly integrates your mobile phone, email, text messaging and IM into a powerful organizer, reminder system and productivity assistant.…

Read more