Although most businesses want their people to enthusiastically burst with new ideas, they use very limited ways to create innovation. Brainstorming, t...
Initially I worked on my idea while at University. I created a prototype which wasn't perfect and wouldn't work 100% of the time. What I knew is that everyone who saw and played with it thought it was cool, different and exciting.
Richard Branson, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs have all said they use intuition for business and let's face it, they have had quite a bit of success with it. The argument I hear against following your inner knowing, is people don't know how to trust it. Trusting it is an act of faith in itself. But maybe if you knew of all the positive benefits of your intuition, it would be a no brainer... literally!
As the world's leaders come together to discuss climate change, cooling must be part of the debate around global warming. Cooling is currently part of the worsening problem, but it could become an important part of the solution.
Not unlike a unicorn, these New Creatives are a great way to see the future marriage of technology and creative industries. Too often funded differently, with separate conferences and separate trade-shows, New Creatives point to a more integrated education, workplace and future ideas. Catch em while you can!
When you launch your own business one of the best approaches you can take is to work with your competition. This might seem like unusual advice but working with your rivals can be really useful - I promise.
As the President of the IET, I get to see the innovative work that engineers do on a daily basis and it is exciting to see the creativity and passion so many of my fellow engineers have. The problem is that all this great work often goes unnoticed in the wider world.
Continuing in the theme of Artificial Intelligence (covered in part 1), Carlo Ratti presented some exciting work from the MIT Senseable Cities Lab. Standouts were a trackable waste project where members of the public brought in 3000 pieces of garbage which were then fitted with GPS sensors and tracked, with alarming results.
At the roots of many businesses, there is a story of someone who was determined to find a better way - to improve a product, deliver better service, or to change an established order.
So ask yourself - Are you the sheep or the shepherd? Are you following best practice or leading it?
We can always buy food that has been kept cold from farm to fork. We don't consider the energy required to keep vaccines cold. And when we update Facebook, the amount of cooling needed by data centres doesn't cross people's minds.