Posts By: Wendy

The Wisdom of Not Knowing

Curiosity, letting go and making uncertainty a friend are among the keys of innovation success. Inviting the unknown is essential for creativity yet too often fear, uncertainty, comfort, stability and familiarity get in the way. In The Wisdom of Not Knowing: Discovering a Life of Wonder by Embracing Uncertainty author, psychotherapist and speaker Estelle Frankel explores the challenges and exciting opportunities of embracing the unknown. She draws on scientific studies, religion, Jewish mysticism and her experience in private practice to produce a compelling guide on how to tap into the wisdom of not knowing. In this interview, Estelle talks about her own experience with the unknown and how it can spur creativity.
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The Value of Team Diversity

Question: what is the not-so-secret sauce that makes companies more innovative, creative and profitable? The answer is diversity, having a mix of genders, ages, races, cultural perspectives, expertise and ethnic backgrounds. Diversity should not be seen as a box-ticking exercise, as something to comply with because it is the right thing to do and looks good in the marketing photos. It is a valuable business asset that can accomplish short, mid and long-term goals and give companies a competitive edge.
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Artificial intelligence is one of the hottest new technologies and research into its use is intensifying across multiple industries, including healthcare where it may be able to help prevent suicide.

Every year close to 800,000 people commit suicide which is one person every 40 seconds, according to the World Health Organization. It is a global problem and has become the second leading cause of death among those aged 15-29 years old. And for every suicide, there could be at least 100 to 200 attempts.
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This partnership allows Brightidea to offer their clients IdeaConnection’s many services, but in particular, the service of building proprietary open innovation community of experts, and research and development problem solving.

It also provides IdeaConnection’s clients with access to Brightidea’s Innovation Pipeline Management Platform.

In their joint press release, IdeaConnection’s Founder and CEO Scott Wurtele says “Brightidea has an impressive line up of Blue Chip customers who have expressed interest in building their own internal communities in order to eliminate the dependencies and additional cost of external marketplaces. Brightidea and IdeaConnection can do this.”

Brightidea’s CEO Matt Greeley explains, “The innovation grid is built on a network of connectors and integrations tied in and through Brightidea software to facilitate and capture the flow of new ideas that surface from inside and outside firewalls.”

Thanks to this partnership, IdeaConnection and Brightidea’s clients can benefit from the seamless flow of their projects between the services offered by each company.

Look Ma, No Hands!

Students at the Drexel University have developed a game controller that uses only your mind to execute actions.

Designed for use with the Lazybrains game, sensors in the headband measure brain activity and let you perform such actions as lifting a manhole cover. You can’t proceed until enough “mental power” has been exerted.

Mind-Control Video Game Interface
Mind-Control Video Game Interface