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IFTF Researcher Testifies at Senate Hearing on Research Parks and Job Creation

Yesterday, I traveled to Washington to testify at a hearing of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on "Research Parks and Job Creation".

From “Civics As Applied Sociology” (1904) to “Toward A Public Social Science” (2011)

“The social sciences deal with humanity’s most pressing problems, but there are barriers between practitioners and the public. We must restructure these disciplines from the ground up. In times of economic and political distress, the social sciences must become more relevant and useful by devoting their attention to society’s major problems.” Thus opens a fascinating essay penned early in 2011 by Herbert Gans, one of America’s most renewed sociologists. (And author of The Urban Villagers, perhaps the best book ever written on the social impacts of slum clearance)

Pushing the Web to the Periphery

We're spending a lot of time this year in the Institute for the Future's Technology Horizons research group thinking about how we will experience the Internet in 2020.

IFTF Explores Innovation in Brazil

I had the amazing opportunity to speak at the 4th Brazilian Congress on Innovation this week. There’s not much information about the event on the web in English, but it was a large gathering of government officials and industry leaders taking another step towards a comprehensive innovation strategy for Brazil.

The Rise of the Therapeutic City--HC2020 Perspective

Therapeutic City

Lightweight Innovation: Guidelines for Reinvention (Part 1)

Lightweight innovation processes are emerging on the web, aided by new ideas about how to organize innovation and technologies that reduce the cost and complexity of incremental innovation. But which of these tools might enable a shift to lightweight models in other industries? This section highlights a few generalized tools discovered in our research that are likely to deliver specific capabilities to organizations that seek to experiment with lightweight models. We organize these tools into four broad domains: knowledge, people, money and places.

Recognizing Lightweight Innovation: Key Characteristics and Technology Drivers

In 2007, the Institute for the Future forecast on lightweight infrastructure introduced a set of characteristics common in the design of emerging technical systems. When we look for lightweight innovation, we are more concerned with the characteristics of organizations and processes of innovation than the physical objects and networks of infrastructure.

In Memoriam: William Mitchell

I learned with great sadness about the loss of William Mitchell, 65, this past friday after a long battle with cancer. Bill was the chair of my Ph.D. committee, a mentor and a friend.

Financial Lightweight Innovation: Thomson Reuters and the StreetApps Challenge

It's great to see a company that gets lightweight innovation and is willing to stick it's neck out. In partnership with NYC-based ChallengePost, Thomson Reuters is offering $25,000 in prizes to developers that create innovative mobile apps that leverage its financial data APIs.

Moving Beyond Open Innovation

Opening up R&D organizations to outside ideas has become a powerful weapon in the strategic arsenal of research managers. As Henry Chesbrough writes, “[O]pen innovation is a paradigm that assumes that firms can and should use external ideas as well as internal ideas, and internal and external paths to market, as the firms look to advance their technology.”  This strategy has been associated with notable commercial successes, such as Procter & Gamble’s SpinBrush, sourced not from internal R&D but rather a group of inventors in Cleveland.

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