Fueling the Evolution of Blockchain Technology

From Play to Innovation The United States Air Force (USAF) was one of the first organizations to chart technological progress. In the early 1950s, the team looked at the development of aerospace technology to determine whether there was a pattern to the speed of innovation. Since aerospace was one of the fastest moving frontiers in…

On Education: Let Practitioners Play!

In a time where more people than ever have free access to an abundance of knowledge, educational institutions need to rethink their functional role within society. It's a shame to see some of the brightest minds take an isolated and intellectual path – one without opportunities to apply what they have learned or to refine…

Thinking Design Thinking, One More Time

This is an updated version of an article 
I wrote in 2007 while waiting for a flight. I think it is time to revisit and update 
this article, as “design thinking” is in a very different state today than it was
 10 years ago, with organizations practicing it to different degrees of maturity. Before my…

Exploring the Creative Process Through An Industrial Designer’s Lens

Industrial designers shape our world through products, services, and experiences.  Today we have vastly more powerful tools and deeply insightful methods at our fingertips, allowing industrial designers to inform the creative process as never before. As observers of user needs and identifiers of market expectations, they have a vital role to play in meeting challenges…

Cautious Play

Taking a Purposeful Approach to Innovation   In 1956, President Eisenhower set in motion the largest public works program in history: the creation of the Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways (also known as the Interstate Highway System). The program was envisioned as a grand solution for addressing problems of road…

Let’s Get Physical

Why is e-commerce rebuilding the brick-and-mortar store?  In a time when there is a new disruptive technology almost every week and Oxford Dictionary’s Word
 of the Year is an emoji, some retailers are harking back to old habits and returning to an offline, analog way of selling – the brick-and-mortar store. Major corporations, including Amazon,…

It’s Not School, It’s Life

Coming back to what’s important in education There is a misalignment between the present educational experience and the requirements of the outside world. The World Economic Forum has shown that creativity will be the most important skill by 2020 and repetitive jobs may be outsourced to robots. Play and its attributes – exploration, discovery, and imagination…

Solving Problems with Puzzles

Designing business processes with blockchain technology It was a defining moment for the retail industry when Sharon Buchanan scanned the first barcode at the Marsh supermarket in Troy, Ohio at 8:01 a.m. on June 26, 1974. Barcodes re-wrote the entire landscape around tracking physical assets by encoding information in printed tags. It might visually resemble…

The Frontier Within (Part 2): AI Innovations in Healthcare

This post was originally published on the Digitally Cognizant blog. It is the second post in a series on “Digitizing the Human Body.” See Part 1 here. AI and advanced machine learning promise to reinvent healthcare, a sea change heralded by numerous AI-driven innovations, pilot projects, products, and techniques. In fact, the use of AI in the life…

The Frontier (Part One): Digitizing the Human Body

This post was originally published on the Digitally Cognizant blog. It is the first post in a blog series on “Digitizing the Human Body.” Populating the human body with powerful technologies is no longer just the domain of sci-fi. Existing and emerging technologies are rapidly ushering in an era of human augmentation, self-regulation, automated diagnosis and treatment, and…

Foodpreneurs and the Future of Fridges

A Conversation with Greg Dollarhyde Given all of the experience you’ve had in terms of building brands from scratch and working with a variety of big players, I'm curious what your outlook on business is when it comes to the food space. There are a lot of new brands and business models cropping up, and…

In America, the Product Buys You

In the 1950s, the Beat movement offered an alternative to North American capitalist culture. Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs and other writers, artists, and hipsters challenged post-war American conservatism and conformity. The extent of the Beats’ social and artistic influence is still vigorously discussed. The rise of conformist consumer culture and accompanying advertising…