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About Nick Skillicorn

Chief Editor of Ideatovalue.com and Founder / CEO of Improvides Innovation Consulting. Coach / Speaker / Author / TEDx Speaker / Voted as the world's #5 Innovation blogger in 2016, I help individuals and companies build their creativity and innovation capabilities, so you can develop the next breakthrough idea which customers love.
8 04, 2019

Is Busyness getting in the way of your Business?

By |2019-04-08T21:50:06+10:00April 8th, 2019|Inspiration|0 Comments

In today's generation, there is so much pressure to "hustle" (what some people call Entrepreneurial Porn), that it is leading people to believe you need to be constantly busy in order to be successful. However, this mindset is literally killing thousands of people each year, and is not actually helping them do their best work. [...]

1 04, 2019

How long ago did creativity evolve in humans?

By |2019-04-01T21:25:33+10:00April 1st, 2019|Creativity|0 Comments

Creativity is a uniquely human trait. Many animals have evolved the ability to use tools, but this is usually the result of of them discovering this use by accident and then passing the knowledge on to other members of the group. Even our closest living animal relatives (like chimpanzees and orang-utans) are natually risk averse [...]

25 03, 2019

How this innovative yet simple drone delivers blood in rural Africa

By |2019-03-25T23:38:09+10:00March 25th, 2019|Inspiration|0 Comments

Amazon may be testing drone delivery for everything from phone cases to toilet paper, but it isn't delivering the lifesaving material that Zipline is in Africa: Blood. Blood transfusions are vital for savings lives. In fact, blood transfusions are the most common procedure performed in hospitals, required for everything from surgery, emergency trauma and childbirth. [...]

25 03, 2019

Why machines that bend (compliant mechanisms) may be the future

By |2019-03-25T23:13:00+10:00March 25th, 2019|Curiosity|0 Comments

In the video above, Dr Derek Mueller from Veritasium takes us into the world of compliant mechanisms. What are compliant mechanisms? In mechanical engineering, compliant mechanisms are flexible mechanisms that transfer an input force and displacement at one port to an output force and displacement at another port through elastic body deformation. These may be monolithic (single-piece) or jointless [...]

18 03, 2019

Podcast S2E33: Efosa Ojomo – How to fix the Prosperity Paradox

By |2019-03-18T18:42:40+10:00March 18th, 2019|Podcasts|0 Comments

In today's episode of the Idea to Value Podcast, we speak with Efosa Ojomo, co-author of the new book The Prosperity Paradox: How Innovation Can Lift Nations Out of Poverty, along with Professor Clayton Christensen and Karen Dillon. We speak about why charity isn't the most effective way to help countries develop, what most governments [...]

18 03, 2019

Who is affected by failed innovation projects?

By |2019-03-18T18:33:51+10:00March 18th, 2019|Innovation|0 Comments

It is easy to talk about failure as a good thing in innovation projects. I have even talked about a simple way to reframe failure by thinking like a scientist. However, what about situations when it is not only you that is being impacted by the failure of a project or experiment? In today's video [...]

18 03, 2019

The “Comfort Barrier” of creativity

By |2019-03-18T18:13:49+10:00March 18th, 2019|Creativity|0 Comments

Many people experience a creativity comfort barrier. Let me know if you've ever felt the following: Someone asks you to think of something on the spot, or suggest an idea, and you freeze. You say you can't think of anything, and you feel nervous and maybe embarassed. As if being asked to come up with [...]

11 03, 2019

Podcast S2E32: Bryan Hoedemaeckers – What is a Dreamatorium?

By |2019-03-11T21:13:04+10:00March 11th, 2019|Podcasts|0 Comments

In this episode of the Idea to Value Podcast, we speak with Deloitte Product and Service Design Director Bryan Hoedemaeckers, about one of Deloitte's newest initiatives the foster an innovative spirit in the company: the Dreamatorium. Rather than being a place of fantasy, the Dreamatorium is a place to connect, tinker, and dream big, with [...]

6 03, 2019

Pixar Sparkshorts: A great initiative Pixar is using to keep up their creativity

By |2019-03-06T18:12:33+10:00March 6th, 2019|Inspiration|0 Comments

I recently came across a great new initiative by Pixar, the company which disrupted the movie industry with blockbuster hits like Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Wall-E and The Incredibles. It is called Sparkshorts, and is described as Pixar Artists' Projects. Check out my video above about why the company can benefit from a program like [...]

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