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Do You Have What It Takes to Crowdscale?

(2) Comments | Posted March 29, 2013 | 9:17 AM

I recall that momentous day four years ago, when the lights went down and the curtains opened to a full house of 1,200. We were launching the first ever TEDx event, TEDxUSC, and the stakes were high. We were pretty sure the show itself would rock the house,...

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Are You Afraid to Say 'I Don't Know'?

(13) Comments | Posted February 27, 2013 | 2:50 PM

Click here to read an original op-ed from the TED speaker who inspired this post and watch the TEDTalk below.

Many years ago I remember watching a child, maybe eight years old, completely engrossed in a clown fish exhibit in a dark corner of the New...

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American Manufacturing Re-Energized

(41) Comments | Posted October 19, 2012 | 12:22 PM

A Small Team of Passionate Engineers and an Energy Drink Company Reveal How the Game Is About to Change

In the most vivid way possible, we witnessed a passing of the innovation torch last weekend. Saturday, I rode my bike to South Central L.A. to watch pace shuttle Endeavor

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Why Funding University Innovation Matters

(4) Comments | Posted July 7, 2010 | 2:02 PM

An article in the June 27 New York Times Sunday Business section ("The Idea Incubator Goes to Campus") highlighted a proposal I wrote for the Obama administration's 2011 federal budget designed to accelerate the movement of innovative research from university campuses to the marketplace. The National...

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The Academy and Fashion -- An Unlikely Pair Teaches Us About Innovation

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2010 | 12:21 PM

We all love lists. Top 10 hamburgers, the 100 largest companies, best sellers, cities with the worst traffic - you name it, there's a list for it. Last week, the Intellectual Property Owners Association (a trade association for owners of patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets) released its annual ranking...

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Maximizing the Impact of Our Future Scholars

(1) Comments | Posted April 17, 2010 | 11:30 AM

This week, the University of Southern California announced a first-of-its-kind Diploma in Innovation Program for Ph.D. students. It's a highly selective, 12-unit course of study within the USC Graduate School designed to complement the students' disciplinary training with practical skills and creative perspectives to help them make maximum...

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Understanding The Heartbeat Of The Economy

(1) Comments | Posted November 20, 2009 | 2:23 PM

It's been said, "Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment." And so it is with entrepreneurship.

As eighty-five nations on six continents join together for Global Entrepreneurship Week, and millions of young people around the world try their hand at entrepreneurship, it's a good...

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It's Not the Economy, Stupid

(13) Comments | Posted August 18, 2009 | 1:42 PM

Focusing on unemployment isn't the key to fueling innovation and job growth
Co-written by Jim Clifton

How can we be expected to grow and create jobs, many executives wonder, when we are shrinking?

Despite a slight easing on the unemployment rate last week, a quarter million Americans lost...

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Debunking the Entrepreneurship Myth

(15) Comments | Posted July 9, 2009 | 3:39 PM

Recently, it has become more widely acknowledged that long-term economic recovery and growth in this country isn't going to come in the form of bailouts or stimulus packages, but instead in our ability to innovate and create new high-growth businesses. As Tom Friedman wrote in a recent column, "We might...

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What Business Leaders Can Learn From CERN's Collaborative Management Model

(10) Comments | Posted May 26, 2009 | 2:21 PM

As a business leader, imagine trying to manage more than 7000 scientists from 85 countries around the world - with their own languages, cultures, and expertise - on a 20-year collaboration to create the most complex system ever built.

Now imagine the goal is to recreate the conditions a...

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The Innovation Ecosystem

(23) Comments | Posted December 16, 2008 | 6:14 PM

If I were a venture capitalist in the year 65.5 million B.C. and had to make an investment choice that would change the future of planet Earth, the conversation might go something like this:

Dinosaur: "We're the largest, most dominant species on the entire planet. If we die, 75...

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Manny Ramirez: Baseball's Most Innovative Player

(10) Comments | Posted September 14, 2008 | 4:06 PM

Manny Ramirez and his dreadlocks have a lock on L.A. Dodgers' fans' hearts and minds, and are a shoo-in for the Baseball Hall of Fame. But I'd like to nominate him for one more honor: Baseball's MIP--Most Innovative Player.

No joke. I take quite seriously the meaning of innovation in...

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In Praise of My Father

(0) Comments | Posted June 16, 2008 | 1:58 PM

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Sándor was only 23 when the Soviets lined him and his co-workers up against the wall and raised their weapons.

Accused of transmitting anti-Soviet messages from the local television tower, the young engineers desperately tried to explain their innocent intentions: to protect...

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The Politics Of Change

(44) Comments | Posted February 6, 2008 | 1:17 PM

They say a change will do you good. And it seems like every presidential candidate is pounding furiously on the "change" drum. But even though I run an innovation institute at a major research university, I'm here to say that you can keep the change.

As novelist...

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Hollywood's Dinosaur Moment

(3) Comments | Posted December 12, 2007 | 9:17 PM

I'm not a screenwriter. Or a studio bigwig. And with the writer's strike, I don't have a dog in this hunt. But as an expert in innovation, I can say with authority that Hollywood is desperate for a little innovation.

Many will say, "Innovation? That's what got us into this...

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