The space between art and flowers (and electrons)

Posted by on Feb 13, 2014 in Blog, creativity, design, on seeing, strategy | No Comments
The space between art and flowers (and electrons)

PreRamble:  In the recent WSJ Flower School feature, floral designer and writer Lindsey Taylor takes on the challenge of interpreting a piece of abstract 2-dimensional art using fresh flowers. Clearly a romantic at heart, Taylor’s inspiration for the Valentine’s Day exercise is a painting (left photo) by German-born American artist Josef Albers (1888-1976) from his series “Homage to the Square,” ” …. the […]

BIF9 – Go forth and “try more stuff”

Posted by on Sep 24, 2013 in Blog, commentary, great moments | No Comments
BIF9 – Go forth and “try more stuff”

PreRamble:  The BIF9 Summit – The Business Innovation Factory (BIF) recently showcased a line-up of outstanding thinkers, writers, speakers, musicians, and odd rubber creatures in a lively two-day forum at the Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, RI. Part think-tank, part do-tank, the Business Innovation Factory “sets the stage for multi-level approaches to transformational change, designing and testing new business models through sponsored projects” in realms which include […]

Innovation in a box

Posted by on Jun 16, 2013 in Blog, commentary, creativity, strategy | 2 Comments
Innovation in a box

PreRamble:  I’ve had an attitude about the phrase “think outside the box” for quite some time.  Seems to me, a phrase that’s supposed to reference creative thought should be less of a hackneyed cliche. Well, so then, along comes the latest shiny theory to crack the code on innovation, ”Inside the Box: A Proven System of Creativity for Breakthrough […]

WAM app 1.0

Posted by on Dec 19, 2012 in Blog, creativity, design, education | No Comments
WAM app 1.0

PreRamble:  This is brilliant — a win-win-win scenario that leverages the synergy between three different realms as a way to innovate and educate. The University of Minnesota journalism department has charged its students to create a smartphone app for the Weisman Art Museum (WAM) that encourages audiences to learn and engage with art. This past […]

In defense of strategy

Posted by on Nov 28, 2012 in Blog, commentary, creativity | No Comments
In defense of strategy

PreRamble:  Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s just released book, Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder, is reviewed by Matt Ridley in yesterday’s WSJ Bookshelf (11-27-12, A15) … Whoa – just a darn minute there, Mister. You can insult my former identity as a soccer mom, but don’t you be messing with the creativity/strategy stuff — that’s where […]

Print up a batch of BLING

Posted by on Sep 26, 2012 in creativity, design | No Comments
Print up a batch of BLING

Every now and then a multi-faceted topic comes along that spans the focus of, 1) my work-related blog, 2) my just-for-fun blog, and 3) the blog that supports an iPhone app that I created called BIG BLING. The following, a post originally written for the BIG BLING site, responds to Wired Magazine’s October cover story on 3-D printing … It’s all […]

Nice try, genuis

Posted by on Oct 1, 2011 in creativity | No Comments

Pre-Ramble:  Here’s a noteworthy and potentially paradigm-shifting event (and one big nasty story-problem) … If physicists at a giant particle accelerator near Geneva, fired a beam of neutrinos toward a detector that was 454 miles away in Gran Sasso, Italy, only to discover that the neutrinos seemed to be reaching the detector 60 nanoseconds faster […]

Round two

Posted by on Aug 21, 2011 in creativity, just for fun | No Comments

Pre-Ramble:  Well, our good buddies at Red Bull (the high-energy folks who brought us the Flugtag event in back in July 2010) have pulled off another big innovation fest — the Red Bull Creation USA 2011 competition. The annual event, a “build-a-thon” held in a scrapyard in Brooklyn, NY, challenges the resourcefulness of inventors and screwballs of all types […]

Go with the “flow”

Posted by on May 16, 2011 in creativity | One Comment

Pre-Ramble: In my last post, I gave a few overview details about the Learning and the Brain conference that I attended a couple weeks ago.  One of the big themes was the concept of “flow” … specifically, being in it and the remarkable performance boost that comes from this relaxed, yet heightened state. No-show conference presenter, […]

Turn up the heat

Posted by on Apr 13, 2011 in creativity, education | One Comment

Pre-Ramble:  Nothing fires me up more than an article titled, “How to Fire Up U.S. Innovation” (WSJ, 4/12/11) … As an adult-onset geek, the mere thought of things being innovated makes my heart beat a little bit faster.  In the piece, Vinton Cerf, chief Internet evangelist (?) at Google, lays out a few key dynamics that […]