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Thomas Friedman’s Guide to Hanging On in the ‘Age of Accelerations’ - Bloomberg
by Paul Barrett
November 11, 2016,

Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $28)....the wisdom of pausing.... take time “to just sit and think”— a good reminder for the overcommitted.....Friedman's “core argument,” is his description of our disruptive times. By “accelerations,” he means the increases in computing power, which are enabling breakthroughs from 3D printing to self-driving cars. Meanwhile, globalization is creating vast wealth for those who capitalize on innovation and impoverishment for populations who don’t. All of this sped-up economic activity contributes to rising carbon levels, feeding the climate change that threatens civilization.....Friedman relishes catchphrases like “the Big Shift,” borrowed in this case from the HBR. He deploys B-school jargon to explain it, but the definition boils down to companies making the move from relying exclusively on in-house brainpower, patents, and data to exploiting “flows” of knowledge from anywhere in the world.... Friedman makes the case for changed policies to respond to the accelerations he chronicles.
accelerated_lifecycles  sustained_inquiry  Tom_Friedman  books  slack_time  reflections  3-D  globalization  impoverishment  climate_change  in-house  talent_flows  information_flows  GE  prizes  bounties  innovation  contests  contemplation  patents  data  brainpower  jargon  thinking  timeouts  power_of_the_pause 
january 2017 by jerryking
Calling all Canadians who bring great business ideas to life
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
With our new Innovators at Work contest, we're seeking talented individuals who are moving their industries - and the country - forward. Their vision and risk-taking are exactly what Canada needs for a vital future
JOSH O'KANE
contests  innovation  overambition 
june 2014 by jerryking
Case Study: Edgy Ad Campaign, With Hefty Digital, Traditional PR Support, Helps the Pistachio Come Out of Its Shell
Timeframe: March - Dec. 2009

In early 2009, life wasn't all it was cracked up to be for the pistachio. In March of that year, the FDA issued a precautionary, voluntary recall for the green nut for...
product_recalls  public_relations  commodities  branding  brands  transparency  crisis_management  FDA  marketing  Lynda_Resnick  social_media  funnies  contests  virality 
december 2013 by jerryking
When Complexity Is Free - NYTimes.com
September 14, 2013 | NYT | By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN.
(Charles Waud & WaudWare)
When everything and everyone becomes connected, and complexity is free and innovation is both dirt-cheap and can come from anywhere, the world of work changes.
Tom_Friedman  GE  Industrial_Internet  interconnections  massive_data_sets  crowdsourcing  business_models  complexity  3-D  contests  prognostics  innovation 
september 2013 by jerryking
Humanity takes millions of photos every day. Why are most so forgettable? - The Globe and Mail
Jun. 21 2013 | The Globe and Mail | IAN BROWN.

In what should be a golden age of photography, our preoccupation with technical brilliance, technique, and technological advances is overwhelming our ability to collectively use our cameras to tell the simplest of stories...As a result, Ian and his fellow judges at the 2013 Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival photography competition to tell a visual story--a photo essay--about wildlife or wilderness, declined to identify a winner--or even a runner-up--from 500 entries....none of them managed to tell the simplest of stories.

A story is a cohesive account of events in which something is at stake – a beginning, middle and end tied together with characters, scenes and details (long shots, mid-shots, closeups) that lead to a climax and resolution (or not). A story is content.

Even the entries that were remotely in the neighbourhood of telling a story – and most were hopelessly lost – were edited incomprehensibly. (Not experimentally. Incomprehensibly.) In other words, if photographic sequences evoke no perceptible story, they have no significance.

* Don't try to compensate for a lack of vision with a bag of technological tricks.
* Don't take photographs because you can. First, determine if you should (i.e. will there be story?). Think--pretend the resource you're consuming is finite.
* Don't sit down awaiting to be entertained, go out and seek a story.

We crave the instant gratification and collective approval that the Internet deals out to us and photograbs are the fastest way to get it, the visual equivalent of a hypodermic drip....The Online Photographer, the blog of Mike Johnston, a digital photographer who writes about his attempts – his successes, but more often his failures – to tell cogent and moving stories in pictures. It’s the struggle that makes visual work interesting....“Time changes the image.” allowing photos that didn't like to become favourites and vice versa....Good pictures that tell a story, he said, are always about other people. But when “everybody with a phone thinks they’re a photographer,” the result is “the autobiographical and the narcissistic.”

Ian fears for organizations such as the Chicago Sun-Times, which last month laid off all of its camera pros in favour of cheaper, crowd-sourced iPhonography. They will get what they pay for.
storytelling  photography  contests  digital_media  information_overload  curation  narcissism  Banff  failure  visual_culture  finite_resources  instant_gratification  constraints  problem_framing  golden_age 
june 2013 by jerryking
Technovation Challenge
A nine-week program and competition for high school girls to design a mobile app prototype at Google in New York.
women  mobile_applications  high_schools  contests 
may 2013 by jerryking
SAGICOR Visionaries Challenge National Finals -
April 1, 2013 | Stabroek News |Dr. Maya Trotz is an Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering at the University of South Florida. She is currently on sabbatical with the Caribbean Science Foundation in Barbados.

Competitions feature teams of secondary school students who have come up with sustainable and innovative solutions to a challenge facing their school and/or community, solutions that use Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

By Maya Trotz
Caribbean  high_schools  contests  talent  science_&_technology  mathematics  STEM 
april 2013 by jerryking
Fire-resistant glass gets even tougher with $100,000 boost - The Globe and Mail
BRYAN BORZYKOWSKI

Special to The Globe and Mail

Last updated Thursday, Sep. 27 2012
glass  entrepreneur  contests 
october 2012 by jerryking
Prizes for Solutions to Problems Play Valuable Role in Innovation
January 25. 2007 | WSJ | By DAVID WESSEL.

Prizes aren't a panacea. They won't replace corporate R&D labs or universities. Some problems -- a cure for cancer -- are just too big. Some require too much upfront investment. Some scientists are reluctant to admit defeat and surrender a problem.

Moreover, the secrecy on which businesses insist to protect intellectual-property rights has its downsides: "People are in a black hole," says Harvard's Mr. Lakhani. "They don't know anything beside whether they won or lost." Losers' knowledge isn't widely shared.

But prizes work in ways that conventional R&D doesn't, and finding ways to spur innovation is crucial to improving how well we -- and our children and grandchildren -- live.
David_Wessel  innovation  InnoCentive  Netflix  incentives  contests  problem_solving  prizes  bounties 
may 2012 by jerryking
Water's Scarcity Spells Opportunity for Entrepreneurs - NYTimes.com
By ERICA GIES
March 21, 2011
2030 Water Resources Group = an association of the World Bank, major
industrial water users and the consulting firm McKinsey.
Hydrovolts, a start-up company in Seattle, has developed a portable
turbine that generates energy from water flowing in irrigation canals.
BlackGold Biofuels, from Philadelphia, takes fats, oils and grease out
of wastewater to create biodiesel. WaterSmart Software = software helps
residential users track their consumption to save water and money.
Imagine H2O competition
the Artemis Project, a specialist consulting practice based in San
Francisco
water  water_power  scarcity  start_ups  XPV  venture_capital  vc  entrepreneur  water_footprints  wastewater-treatment  contests  GE  Veolia  fats 
march 2011 by jerryking
For Data Crunchers, a Glittering Prize - WSJ.com
MARCH 16, 2011| WSJ | By JENNIFER VALENTINO-DEVRIES. With $3
Million Prize, Health Insurer Raises Stakes on the Data-Crunching
Circuit
algorithms  hospitals  predictive_modeling  data_mining  contests  massive_data_sets  data_driven 
march 2011 by jerryking
Op-Ed Columnist - America’s Real Dream Team - NYTimes.com
March 20, 2010 | New York Times | By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN. The
majority of the 40 finalists in the 2010 Intel Science Talent Search,
which, through a national contest, identifies and honors the top math
and science high school students in America, based on their solutions to
scientific problems-- hailed from immigrant families, largely from
Asia.
Tom_Friedman  high_schools  students  immigration  immigrants  Intel  contests  talent  science_&_technology  mathematics 
march 2010 by jerryking
How to Win the Spelling Bee - WSJ.com
JUNE 3, 2009 | Wall Street Journal | By JAMES MAGUIRE. You don't have to be Indian. But it seems to help.
education  aspirations  howto  spelling  students  contests  Indian-Americans  Indians 
june 2009 by jerryking
You Could Be a Winner! - WSJ.com
JUNE 16, 2008 WSJ article by RIVA RICHMOND on strategies of
large companies to raise their profiles in the small-business market.
marketing  small_business  BIAs  techniques  large_companies  contests 
february 2009 by jerryking
10 Million Reasons To Give Barrick A Hand With Its Silver
September 19, 2007 Canadian Press article by ANDY HOFFMAN
discussed how Barrick is offering $10-million (U.S.) to anyone who can
help the company extract the 180 million ounces of silver at its
Veladero gold mine in Argentina. Barrick's problem at Veladero is no
laughing matter. The gold in the deposit is relatively easy to mine but
the silver is sheathed in an impermeable layer of silica and has
resisted traditional processing methods such as leaching with cyanide.
Barrick  mining  silver  gold  prizes  bounties  innovation  contests 
february 2009 by jerryking

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