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How Virtual Avatars Could Disrupt Politics

If you thought the speakers at this year’s political conventions were dynamic – especially Michelle Obama making the speech of her life – just wait until 2016, when you could see famous politicians who are no longer with us making a guest appearance. New artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques are making possible the "regeneration" of politicians such as Ronald Reagan in the form of virtual avatars.

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Google #Firestarters 3: The New Operating System for Agencies - The Event

So, this week saw the great, the good and the curious of UK planning come together at Google HQ for the latest Firestarters - the series of events I'm curating for Google to facilitate different thinking and debate around some of the more interesting and challenging issues facing planners.

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Human Business Is Social Business

Last week I had the honor of performing the opening Keynote at Community Conference 2011 hosted in Copenhagen Denmark. A delightful, high quality event with attendees coming from all parts of Scandinavia and Europe, it also featured talks from Dell's Bill Johnston and Good Magazine's Max Schorr.

 

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Design with Vision, Optimise with Feedback

I'm a big fan of testing and optimisation. When user feedback is so valuable, yet so readily available, and real-time, can you really justify not incorporating it into your working practices and developing a culture around test and learn? Smart, digitally focused businesses like ASOS, Netflix and Zynga have been enormously successful through doing just that.

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Social Layers of Meaning: Correcting the Nearsightedness of Media

As Steven Johnson notes in his wonderful new book, Where Good Ideas Come From, innovation often happens when hunches and concepts from different disciplines bump up against each other in ways that are unpredictable and unplanned. This has implications for the future of media, which has been entirely too nearsighted in its approach to re-inventing itself.

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Is Your Industry in Danger of Being Disrupted?

There is much talk about innovation — and there are many approaches to creating new things, from the famous “open innovation” ideas of Henry Chesbrough to the ever popular notions of Clay Christensen about “disruptive innovation“. 

 

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Seeing Around the Corner: Can You Know What Innovations Are Coming?

I was talking with my friend Chris Curran today, our CTO, and he said, “you ought to write a post about ‘seeing around the corner’” (Chris also mentioned the Israeli designed corner gun in the image below.) One the great challenges leaders face is estimating what disruptive technologies, competitors, and business models will emerge.

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Five Attributes of Paradigm Breaking Innovations

Recently, a team consisting of MIT students, along with Pratt & Whitney and Aurora Flight Science Corporation announced a radical new design for a jetliner which would take about 1/4 the amount of fuel consumed by today’s planes.

 

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It's Only the Beginning

The business of marketing is in the midst of a massive cultural shift. While buzzwords like co-creation, mass-collaboration and crowdsourcing are all the rage, there’s actually a much bigger and deeper change going on with the way work gets done.

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Innovation Is Getting out from under a Street Lamp

Legendary 3M inventor of the Post-it Note, Art Fry, shares his words of wisdom on innovation, creativity and getting disruptive products into the market. A wonderful read for all innovators, designers and entrepreneurs.

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