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28 10, 2018

Art is sometimes just a matter of perspective

By | 2018-10-28T11:45:03+00:00 October 28th, 2018|Inspiration|0 Comments

I was recently at the excellent Sculptures by the Sea exhibition in Sydney. I spotted the following wonderful set of sculptures along the walk, which looks solid from some angles, but almost turns transparent from directly behind it. Check out the video of it here: Art is sometimes just a matter of perspective #creativity #art [...]

10 09, 2018

What can an electronics scrapyard in Ghana teach us about innovation?

By | 2018-09-10T12:33:53+00:00 September 10th, 2018|Inspiration|0 Comments

You may have seen the horrific pictures. Boys burning e-waste like circuit boards to extract copper. Inhaling dangerous fumes which shorten their lives. With harmful chemicals seeping into groundwater. Often the images you may have seen have come from electronic scrapyards like Agbogbloshie, a community in Accra, Ghana. But what you don't often see is the [...]

4 02, 2018

Amazon Go is the future of supermarkets. But right now it allows you to steal tampons.

By | 2018-02-04T11:03:09+00:00 February 4th, 2018|Inspiration|0 Comments

Amazon has just taken another step towards owning your entire shopping experience, by opening the world's first supermarket where you just pick up whatever you want and leave. As shown in the video demonstration above, Amazon Go is a pilot test concept store in Seattle where Amazon is testing out the technology for a fully [...]

18 12, 2017

These Xiaogang farmers could have been executed for their innovation in 1978, instead they changed China forever

By | 2017-12-18T13:12:13+00:00 December 18th, 2017|Inspiration|1 Comment

The year was 1978. The location was the small town of Xiaogang, China. And the situation was desperate. But what came next should serve as an inspiration to any leader trying to improve the innovativeness of their teams. After years of governmental and agricultural mismanagement, people in China in the 1970s were starving to death [...]

20 11, 2017

Why didn’t I think of that? A reusable, square wine barrel wins design award

By | 2017-11-20T12:55:05+00:00 November 20th, 2017|Inspiration|1 Comment

Some innovations are just so simple, they make you ask yourself: "Why didn't I think of that???" This is one of those examples. A small family business of Ulrike und Thomas Lutz from Bellheim, Germany has just won a prestigious Design award for an innovation which seems like it took thousands of years and yet [...]

12 11, 2017

This emotional short animation shows how parents inadvertently stifle their children’s creativity

By | 2017-11-12T11:50:01+00:00 November 12th, 2017|Inspiration|0 Comments

This short animated film really got to me. Without speaking a single word, it illustrated how parents who think they are doing what is best for their children may inadvertently be training them to be uncreative. Watch the short film in the video above. Called Alike, it was directed by Daniel Martínez Lara & Rafa Cano [...]

22 06, 2017

Inspirational and creative furniture made from folding woods

By | 2017-06-22T16:34:30+00:00 June 22nd, 2017|Inspiration|0 Comments

Check out this video to see some amazingly creative furniture designed by Dutch designer Robert van Embricqs. Created using just a single piece of bamboo and strategically cut and fit together, each piece transforms from a flat slab of wood into a functional piece of furniture. A table. A chair. A bowl. What else could there [...]

3 06, 2017

Mark Zuckerberg’s advice to new entrepreneurs: “The Eureka Moment is a Lie”

By | 2017-06-02T21:20:22+00:00 June 3rd, 2017|Inspiration|1 Comment

Mark Zuckerberg, the man who created Facebook and dropped out of Harvard University, recently gave some surprising revelations about what it takes to have your ideas succeed when he gave the commencement address to the class of 2017. You can see his full speech in the video above, and read it below, but there were [...]

20 04, 2017

The TRUE story of Post-It Notes, and how they almost failed

By | 2017-04-20T20:32:29+00:00 April 20th, 2017|Inspiration|4 Comments

Everyone knows the story of the humble Post-It Note, and how it represents an idea's ability to evolve and flourish. Some people would even hold up Post-It Notes as a symbol for innovation itself, much like the lightbulb is a symbol for an idea. Yet what hardly anyone knows is that Post-It Notes were amazingly [...]

17 03, 2017

The myth of a better mousetrap: A case study in bad innovation

By | 2017-03-17T14:54:06+00:00 March 17th, 2017|Inspiration|2 Comments

One of the most famous quotes about innovation goes as follows: Build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door Unfortunately, this is not how innovation works. It was apparently attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson (although it turns out this was a misquotation) and tells people that if you create [...]

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