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One Hundred Inspirational Ideas

Summarizing the last one and a half years of thinking and stealing I thought I’d put together the best ideas I’ve presented through my blog and slideshare account.

I put them all, in random order, into a slideshow and published it on slideshare.net.

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How to Merchandise an Idea to Others

So much of what makes for a great innovator is not the ability to come up with a great idea -- but, rather, the ability to "merchandise" that great idea to others. How do you convey the essence of your innovation to others so that they immediately recognize the brilliance of that idea?

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When Ideas Have Sex

Matt Ridley shows that the reason why humans have advanced as a culture was because we were able to exchange ideas and learn from each other.

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What You Don't Know about Crowdsourcing and Why They Often Fail?

Innovation is hard, it is not about getting the idea at all, it is about managing ideas. So you’ve have a few great ideas, so what? There is a lot of art and science behind moving ideas along corporate decision chain as well as managing unknowns. I remember I used to teach an in-house program for my strategists on “managing the unknowns.” These MBAs struggle with not finding enough data points and as a result stuck in the innovation process. How often these big world changing ideas came from people with MBAs?

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How to Manage Your Creative Work and Intellectual Property Online

Note: This editorial was written for Yanko Design (YD) in my capacity as Industry Consultant for that website. As there are some Design Sojourn readers don’t really frequent YD, it would make sense to republished the article here. Looking forward to all your comments.

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When Innovating, Seek Out More, and More Varied, Ideas

I’ve been reading the book “Innovation Tournaments” by Christian Terwiesch and Karl Ulrich of the Wharton School. The book sets out a methodology (the “tournament” of the title) for companies to generate and systematically winnow down innovation ideas to eliminate all but the most exceptional opportunities.

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You Get More from Almost Great Ideas

(NOTE: This essay draws on a chapter in my new book, Bright Lights & Dim Bulbs, which identifies nine radical branding and marketing insights for innovative business leaders to watch as we roll into 2010).

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The Return of Dangerous Ideas

Browsing the local magazine newsstand over the weekend, I was struck by how many "Dangerous Ideas" are out there in the business, political and cultural worlds, ready for public consumption. On the cover of FORTUNE magazine, for example, there was a suggestion that maybe - just maybe - it's time to legalize marijuana.

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Building on the 140 Platform. What Will Twitter Do Next? Twitter TV or Twitter Dating?

by: Idris Mootee

Twitter is touching more people than NYT or WSJ (ok it may not be a fair comparison). Add to the fact that a lot of Twitter users rarely hit the hyper-text-transferred-to-the-browser page, but rather use through a desktop and/or mobile app, and the figure gets even more impressive. Twitter is continuing its unstoppable move forward.

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What Happens to Creative Ideas?

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