Practice of Innovation

"The way we work is our most important innovation." Observations by Curtis R. Carlson

The Transparent Company

A New Model Is Required
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In a previous post, A Transparent World, properties of our increasingly transparent world were discussed.  Here we discuss what these ideas mean for companies.  I will focus on three themes:

  1. Employ a Value-Creation Playbook focused on the customer.
  2. Use web-based collaboration platforms to create a transparent value-creating enterprise.
  3. Work globally with the best talent inside and outside the company.

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The Transparent University

Education Will Be Transformed
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In a previous post, A Transparent World and The Transparent Company, the properties of our increasingly transparent world were discussed.  Here we discuss what these ideas mean for universities.  There are four main themes emerging that will profoundly change education and research:

  1. On-line education that emulates the most effective learning-science principles.
  2. Development of value-creation skills through project-based learning.
  3. R&D and innovation initiatives using value-creation best practices.
  4. Global experiences and perspectives through both real and virtual collaborations. 

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How to Change an Organization’s Culture

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I gave a webinar to The Learning Consortium in May about how SRI International went from failing to being one of the world’s most productive R&D and innovation enterprises, having created Siri, HDTV, and many other world-changing innovations.  The presentation is here.  Throughout the presentation the hundreds of participants were asked questions. The answers are in the slides.  After the presentation the audience asked me additional questions about SRI’s transformation, which are given below with my answers.  For background, here is Steve Denning’s Forbes article about culture change at SRI while I was CEO.  The first rule was to never mention “culture change.” 
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Never Stop Learning

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On May 7th I had the honor of giving the graduation commencement address at James Madison University in Harrisonburg Virginia.  It was raining but we kept going and everyone had a wonderful time. The students were terrific.  Below is the speech I gave to the students. (more…)

Will Innovation Eliminate Work?

i4j Summit on Innovation for Jobs

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Steve Denning and Curt Carlson at the Summit

One of the major questions today is whether America will produce enough meaningful jobs in the future.  The Innovation for Jobs Summit invites speakers and thinkers each year to discuss this topic and propose possible solutions.  Here are two interviews at the conference on these topics by Martin Wasserman.  The first is an interview with me alone and the second together with Steve Denning, who writes regularly on innovation, management, and economic development for Forbes.  Curt interviewed alone here.  Curt with Steve here.

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