Opening Data to Innovation: stories, takeaways and twists

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Opening Data to Innovation: stories, takeaways and twists

My latest piece on Innovation Excellence looks at:

Digital Identity Frameworks workshop by Abhay Adhikari PhD hosted at Post:Shift London.

  • Cross-silo Collaborations
  • Visitor patterns drive site simple redesign with enormous immediate effect

  • Social data reveals peer behaviours in useful ways

  • Crowdfunding to measure demand

You can read it here

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Top tweets

Tweets on storyFORMing, since I started sharing:

It's hard to top what best-selling business and sports psychologist Damian Hughes has said about storyFORMing: "Kate’s work is genuinely innovative, unique and thought provoking. Whatever your industry, Kate’s storytelling ability contains a wealth of knowledge.” 

But still, some gems have glittered in my Twitter stream since I started sharing StoryFORMing. Here's a few I managed to catch hold of:

 


 

Months after the conference, I noticed on Twitter that an audience member was recollecting me, "the storyteller presenter":

A UK-based digital storyteller noticed NWAFoodie's tweet and passed on the video of an earlier talk, Structuring Imagination, which I had given at City University's Innovation, Creativity and Leadership Day (ICLCity2012). 


Thanks to the leadership of Abhay Adhikari and the hospitality of Owen Turner, I brought StoryFORMing York, England in April 2013 (just after my honeymoon).

It wasn't just the Design Trust in London listening in to our morning in York.

Via twitter, we were joined by a digital tribe expert Elia Morling in Sweden, a sensory UX designer in Bristol in the southwest of England, and others. Alastair was able to travel up from Bristol to StoryFORM with us in London later that spring.



In keeping with our commitment to campfires, only made sense to take storyFORMing outdoors last summer.

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Innovation and the Art of Recognizing Hidden Criteria

When we propose a novel concept that disrupts cherished assumptions and tacit expectations, we need to expect hidden criteria to surface. Hidden criteria are the crutches decision-makers lean on as they attempt to block something truly disruptive because it is frightening or destabilising. Hence, the importance of understanding the relationship amongst hidden criteria, novelty and the gag reflex.

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A Christmas Carol as a Parable for Innovation

It’s Christmas Eve, and I’m mulling the production of A Christmas Carol presented by 9-13 year-olds at my daughter’s stage school in London last Saturday.

Dickens’ story is understandably a classic. It’s one I’ve revisited, in one form or another, for each of the 40-something Christmases I’ve celebrated. This year, though, I’m seeing it with new eyes. And, finally, it strikes me that A Christmas Carol is a parable for the plight of innovation within organizations.

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How it all began - a post from May 17, 2012

“StoryForm”: A work in progress

StoryForm is a new project Throughline is gestating. The aim is to create a tool for driving, inspiring and shaping BUYING (business and consumer purchasing) and BUY-IN (commercial decisions, especially around innovative concepts). As such, it relates to and also goes beyond our work in KILN around catalysing innovation.

This post summarises the key stimulus and sources I drew on when first formulating StoryFORMs. It was first published in May, 2012 on Throughline

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Open workshop in London: Friday Nov 8 12noon

Open workshops provide a fascinating way to experience StoryFORMs, by working alongside people from other businesses, tribes and settings. The next open workshop will be held in Central London on Friday 8 November. Book now, as the days will somersault and we'll be at Friday in no time.

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Jobs to be done

Link to an article written by an enterprise software product manager named Hutch Carpenter that offers a lens on jobs to be done. The piece gets practical about how to elicit from customers what they are trying to do.  

Software development offers a great lens on product development across industries. If you are about making great products and you're not reading upon software development strategies and tactics, regardless of the industry where you work, I suspect you're missing a trick or two. 

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