Friday, March 30
Tuesday, March 27
- Innovation requires action. “If you can dream it you can do it” – Disney knew action was key. http://www.nickwestergaard.com/2011/06/8-innovation-lessons-from-walt-disney/
- Don’t rest on what you have achieved. Walt Disney famously said that Disneyland will never be completed…if there is imagination, it will keep developing. http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/w/waltdisney131669.html
- Nothing matters more than the people you serve. Like Edison, Disney was most concerned with what his target audience – the public – wanted. He said, “We’re not trying to entertain the critics… I’ll take my chances on the public.” He focused on the needs/desires of the people he wanted to serve more than anything else. http://blog.thinkforachange.com/2012/01/24/ten-things-walt-disney-taught-me-about-innovation.aspx
Friday, March 23
Tuesday, March 20
Friday, March 16
TED Talk Takeaways: Honda Power of Dreams Failure
- Honda’s approach to innovation – Trial and error; We can only make fantastic advances in technology through many failures; the idea is that you can fail 100 times as long as you succeed one
- When we make mistakes it’s hard to handle because everybody is focused on and wants to see the improvement
- Failure is a byproduct of pushing the envelope; innovation is pushing the envelope until things fail; failing is not a bad thing as long as you learn from it and do something positive with it
- When Honda’s racing company, Honda Performance Development, started racing in 1994, the program was a massive failure; the engines they built wouldn’t work; they would literally explode into tiny parts under the car; car after car had the engines fail
- There were a lot of failures in 1994; those failures led to a new engine in 1995
- Honda improved their engines step-by-step to a point where finally in ’95 they won their first race and in ’96 they won the championship
- Now Honda is the sole supplier for the Indy Racing League
- To improve upon something you have to take a chance and when you take a chance, more than likely mistakes are going to be made, but when you learn from it, it’s a good thing
- Thomas Edison said about the light bulb – I never failed, it just didn’t work 10,000 times
- At 10,001 it lit up
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Tuesday, March 13
We have learned about Thomas Edison's inventions since elementary school, and we benefit from them every day. There is no doubt that Edison was a leader in innovation--here's why:
- He invented devices that had a profound effect on the way we lived. Most notable being incandescent light bulb – distinguished fire from light.
- He adopted a needs-first approach to innovation that is being hailed as the future.
- He knew people’s latent needs, and that become his signature of innovation. "It’s not something people are running around looking for, but once it is available they will love it. It will become a staple in everyday life."
- He discovered the need/importance of iterating to find the solution that customers need. He made more than 10,000 prototypes of the light bulb before he got it right. He later famously said “I have not failed 10,000 times. I have not failed once. I have succeeded in proving that those 10,000 ways will not work. When I have eliminated the ways that will not work, I will find the way that will work.”
- He holds 1,093 patents (record, and he died more than 75 years ago)
- He underwent relentless experimentation, resulting in the “Edisonian Method” of trial and error. He used scientific method in product development – when something didn’t work, he focused on the parts that did work, improved upon them.
- He changed the way innovators develop products for society.
Friday, March 9
Tuesday, March 6
The world has watched in awe as technological developments change everything from the way we listen to music and talk on the phone to the way we gather and process information. It’s fun to assess these innovations in your personal life and the world at large, but it’s also extremely important to keep an eye on these sweeping changes for the ways in which you might adapt them to make a direct impact on your organization.
Educators can certainly find inspiration in the capabilities of the “next-generation digital book” that software developer Mike Matas presented in his TED Talk. (Click here to see Matas walk his audience through a demonstration of Our Choice, Al Gore’s sequel to An Inconvenient Truth.) The interactive book format is perfectly suited to today’s “digital natives,” offering interactive features that allow the readers to open videos and explore dynamic infographics alongside the main text, enlarging or minimizing features to continue as they scroll through the information and dig into graphics for additional details.
Tomorrow’s textbooks are bound to embrace these possibilities and transform the learning experience for students, who are increasingly motivated to guide their own education and pursue the paths they find most meaningful. How can you take this technology a step further to benefit your students and educators? Keep tabs on how this innovation—and others—are shaping up to change the future of education and how you can make the best use of them.
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