What is Arts Thinking?
In answer to the essential question: “What does OpenInvo do?”, I hear myself trying to say the same thing over and over in slightly different ways. I say, “OpenInvo brings the methodologies of people in the arts and creative fields to business.” or “OpenInvo is a bridge between the right brainers and left brainers of the world.” or even “We believe that...
Gallerella: The Buddy System →
gallerella: The Buddy System I’ve been thinking about this idea that everyone has something to teach. You may not agree with their occupation, their religion, their lifestyle or their use of money, BUT there may be some sliver of an opportunity to learn something valuable from your most reviled enemy….
Super Bowl Ads With a New Perspective on Getting... →
My blog post on Aging 2.0 about older adults in advertising.
6 Principles of Storytelling from IDEO
If you are in NYC and you haven’t been to the 3DEA pop-up store in NYC, it is worth getting there. You can see 3D printing in action. If you are interested in knowing more about how 3D printing is changing our world, as well as the potential pitfalls of it, chat with Arthur Young-Spivey who is an industrial designer and digital fabrication specialist who is the on-site expert. The store has...
Lessig Blog, v2: Prosecutor as bully →
lessig: (Some will say this is not the time. I disagree. This is the time when every mixed emotion needs to find voice.) Since his arrest in January, 2011, I have known more about the events that began this spiral than I have wanted to know. Aaron consulted me as a friend and lawyer. He…
The Strangest Daily Deal Yet
I’m not even sure what to say about this one— pay $12, get $30 to spend at the Goodwill stores from Amazon Local. Sure, thrift stores have sales too (I have surely made an extra trip for the “blue-tag Thursdays” for those vintage shoes). But I wasn’t expecting this.
Want More Women in Tech Startups? Put Tampons in...
I learned many things in my time working in film production that translate into the business, tech and entrepreneurship world. Anyone who knows how to work on a massively coordinated team on location or on set, with long hours, strange conditions, wacko deadlines and rhythms that range from non-stop overdrive to hurry-up-and-wait to extreme boredom, are a-ok in my book, and trained for just...
Battleship and the Fight Against Ageism →
For Aging 2.0 - thoughts on the movie Battleship and what the military can teach us about ageism.
Again, business and critical thinking collide!
Monday evening I had the honor of granting two people the authority to be addressed as Doctor. I have sat on 10 or so dissertation defense committees for the European Graduate School, and each one is fascinating and inspiring. Monday’s was no different. Congratulations to new PhDs Lorella Di Cintio and Micah White! White’s dissertation particularly stayed with me. (Now) Dr....
Fragments of Ricocheting Thoughts: Happiness is... →
tonyhschu: An idea is not a design, but it is an invitation to a journey. A design is not a prototype, but it is a plan for moving forward. A prototype is not a program, but it is a test for your assumptions. A program is not a product, but it is a milestone towards progress. A product is not a…
Happy President's Day!
Jasper Johns, White Flag 1955, Image in the collection of the artist. In keeping with the eccentric OpenInvo spirit, we have decided to celebrate President’s Day. Instead of hustling out shopping to take advantage of the sales that are most commonly associated with this US holiday, we are revisiting some ideas of the former presidents. At the top of our list is George Washington, since...
Top five regrets of the dying
jayparkinsonmd: nevver: I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me. I wish I hadn’t worked so hard. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends. I wish that I had let myself be happier. more Also, read The Life Reports.
Granny Canal Street Acid Test
By the time a product gets to the vendors on Canal Street in NYC, you can be sure there’s a proven market for it. The knock-off bag and perfume and gift makers don’t go into production without a big demand. It’s safe to say that anything that appears for sale in the shops known for cheap imitations is ”on trend,” but I might even be able to say that it’s about to be last year’s trend. That’s...
Mom on Mom Action ??!!
I just received this invitation to an event… And no, it’s not some MILF sex party. Hilarious wording though. Part offensive, part funny, part idiotic, part brilliant - got me to repost it. No such thing as negative advertising…
"downloaders spend as much if not more to acquire...
Swiss Government Declares Downloading for Personal Use Legal http://www.webpronews.com/swiss-government-declares-downloading-for-personal-use-legal-2011-12
What Do Reddit's SOPA Blackout and Occupy Wall...
Today I was reading Paul Tassi’s smart article on Forbes urging Facebook and Google to follow in Reddit’s footsteps and enact a blackout in protest of SOPA. (“Reddit’s SOPA Blackout Admirable, But Google and Facebook Must Follow” http://onforb.es/z2d6NV). And it reminded me of the blog post I didn’t finish ages ago about the Occupy Wall Street...
May your 2012 be filled with great ideas, inspiration, innovation and the courage to act upon your imagination. Mercury-Atlas and Gemini-Titan rockets Next to the New York Hall of Science.
Should we Quote the Words or the Essence?
This morning I got an email from a colleague and was drawn to his signature line. It says: Steve Jobs said in 1985, “Older people sit down and ask, ‘What is it?’ but the boy asks, ‘What can I do with it?’” I read it, and thought to myself, “surely Jobs would have said ‘child’ and not ‘boy,’ no?” I mean, it was 1985, but...
Blog post on the Invo: Turning Your Heartbreak... →
MIT Suit Simulates What It's Like to be Old →
The Age Factor is a Has Been
Power 30 Under 30 Just tweeted at us (OpenInvo) to nominate ourselves. Neither I, nor my co-founder are under 30. Of course, we tweeted back at them: @Power30under30 we are over 30, but look further into the future than most teens. #ageisastateofmind Last week, I applied for a program that specifically stated they wanted applicants under 40, but would not discriminate. I hope they mean that...
Idea from Last Year's Invo in the Marketplace!
Last year I wrote a blog post spotting a need in the marketplace: (see Techie Chic for the Fashion Forward) all about gloves that I could use with my smartphone and other touch screen devices that were nice looking as well as functional. Wish granted! This weekend I spotted these two great holiday gift ideas: Echo Design’s Echo Touch® Gloves and Black Brown 1826’s Touchpoint...
When did Black Friday become a Holiday?
Barbara Kruger Untitled (I shop therefore I am), 1987 Since holiday shopping was never so big in my family, perhaps this is a trend that I just never noticed, but doesn’t it seem like Black Friday has become a holiday in and of itself? I’ve seen television commercials actually advertising the “event”, my twitter feed is buzzing, and the mobs of people and posters and...
Rock 'n' Roll Consumer Insights
This morning on the bus I sat next to a man in his 60’s. I could hear the music coming from his headphones loud and clear — Foreigner. Yes, an older man of Chinese descent was listening to stadium rock. How’s that for bursting your stereotypes? Not quite in his element, but not far off either, it’s time our images and ideas about the 60+ market change. Actually I’ve...
Can Innovation and Creativity Play Nice?
This is a discussion from a group on LinkedIn. Between Mike from the SDG Group (www.thesdggroup.com) and myself. Two innovation practitioners who come to the discussion with different points of view. Can we play nice together? Mike wrote: Is the search for creativity harming innovation? While the term “creative” can be appropriately applied in different situations I say we ought to put it to a...
I was adding a book to my Amazon wish list, when I thought of something that probably a few others have thought of before: How could there be a secondary market for electronic books? Notwithstanding the fact that electronic media is infinitely reproducible, this launched an enthusiastic discussion between the various co-workers in my co-working space. We mourned was the loss of the reseller, felt...
Creativity and the Lemonade Stand
A few days ago I saw a great ad on the subway. In case my bad commuter photography isn’t doing it for you it says “When there is no solution, make one. That’s kind of what entrepreneurs do.” It’s an ad for the Freelancers Union – a great organization whose mission is to offer freelancers some of the benefits that traditional employees get. The ad’s slight...
4Sum Micro Communities – A New Concept For Senior...
This is a post by Stephen Johnston, reblogged from Aging 2.0 4sum is the working name for an approach to senior living that we’ve been talking about for few weeks now, and would like to explore in more detail. It’s a concept that involves communal living with shared services and support staff, but at a micro-scale. Matthias Hollwich first proposed the idea to me during our conversation, based...
Happy Independence Day
It’s the 3rd of July. Tomorrow is Independence Day. I was just reminded of America’s founding fathers who signed the Declaration of Independence with strong convictions of their ideals. They signed knowing the odds of winning the American Revolutionary War were against them, that if they failed in a war against the richest, strongest empire in the wold, they would be hanged for it. But...