The Human in Humanitarian Innovation

Transformational innovation – the sort of thing that turns traditional paradigms and models of thinking upside down and inside out – is, quite frankly, rare. It takes an enormous amount of risk, vision, and necessity for an organization to reinvent itself. While such reinvention has happened in the corporate world when companies faced extinction or…

Using Design to Solve the World’s Problems

An Interview with Paddy Harrington In September of 2015, the UN mandated a set of Global Goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity and sustainability for future generations. Meeting these goals requires innovative technologies approached with thoughtful design and inventive storytelling to inspire solutions. Design Exchange recently hosted EDIT: Expo for Design, Innovation &…

Take Part in the Dialogue of the Future

Join us at the CDO Summit in Toronto on October 25th The world is busier, quicker, and more competitive than ever – and remaining relevant in a world of rapid evolution is increasingly difficult as new technologies continue to emerge and our culture shifts accordingly. The only solution is to constantly innovate, never accept that…

Radical Innovation: A Conversation with Idris Mootee

A longer version of this Q&A originally appeared on the Intrapreneurship Conference website. What does the corporation of the future look like? IntraConf: Beyond the buzzwords and the hype, what is radical innovation, really? Is it even possible for big legacy organizations to be and do radical? Idris Mootee: That’s a really good question; lots of people…

The Creative Conflict: Our relationship with creativity and how to handle it

Our relationship status with creativity is complicated. To the outsider, we appear to be in a strong, loving relationship. Creativity was identified as the single most important leadership trait for success by a 2010 IBM poll of CEOs worldwide. We celebrate the accomplishments of inventors and strive to be like them by copying their habits…

Raden: A Case For Better Travel

Forget dead devices, excess baggage charges, and lost belongings, Raden is the new, efficient, and fashionable way to travel. Their slogan rings true: Raden’s smart luggage is the case for better travel. While traveling can sometimes be anxiety inducing and stressful, Raden’s bags make globetrotting seamless and enjoyable – whether you’re embarking on a short,…

Disrupting the 15 Billion Dollar Menstruation Industry

Menstruation.  Uncomfortable? That’s a common response. This widespread taboo has allowed the “feminine hygiene” industry to operate without governance or pressure to innovate for the last 85 years. The conversation, however, is opening up, and a revolution is beginning in an industry that has been stagnant for too long. Menstruating women were ostracized in biblical times.…

Innovation and Design: Cognizant and Idea Couture Move Digital Forward

This post originally appeared on the Digitally Cognizant blog. It’s hard to avoid hearing the word innovation these days. A Google search for “books on innovation” yields 193 million results. On a LinkedIn search for innovation, nearly three million people pop up. Some would say the same of the word design. Depending on the industry, the research…

Food & Drink: Ripe for a Rethink

It’s hard to imagine wholesale disruption of the food and beverage space, where innovation tends to be incremental. Our resident food anthropologist Dylan Gordon provides three prescriptions for change. Vitamins & Minerals Vitaminwater is so yesterday. With natural, unmanipulated foods being the champions of the day, “fortifying” water with synthetic chemicals is a turn-off. Meanwhile, bottled water brands are confronted…

Down with BASES!

Nielsen BASES. Whether you swear by it or swear at it, if you work in consumer products innovation, chances are Nielsen BASES has consumed – and perhaps cost you – more than a few days of your life. Founded nearly four decades ago to help large consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies mitigate the risks of…

Belinda Johnson on the Future of Regulation

For Belinda Johnson, Chief Business Affairs and Legal Officer at Airbnb, the future of policymaking isn’t about deregulation, it’s about smart regulation. She intimately understands that brands can’t simply ignore innovation and advancements, but they can adapt in ways that please both consumers and company stakeholders. As our ideas around home ownership, family roles, and…