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The Debate

There’s an insidious debate that’s bounced around for probably the better part of twenty years now. It’s the debate of whether or not ‘innovation is everyone’s job’.

Some think that ‘innovation is everyone’s job’ because we have to bring the entire organization into the grand practice of innovation and engage…

A high energy Innovation Space. Courtesy of HP Development Company.

Innovation Spaces — which can refer to any space intentionally designed to foster and facilitate good innovation work — come in all sorts, shapes, and sizes. Perhaps the most commonly understood of these is the ubiquitous Innovation Lab. However aside from formal “labs” per se, Innovation Spaces can also be…

Have you ever been on a plane flight where as you take off all you can see out the window is hazy and overcast weather, only to at some time later have your flight break through and emerge above the clouds, where all of sudden the sun is shining bright…

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Prologue

Design Thinking is an incredibly powerful way to approach the design of just about anything that involves an interaction with people (or other intelligent creatures). Its underlying philosophy of Human Centered Design requires that we develop a comprehensive empathic understanding of the customer and their situation in a particular…

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As I visit and observe what I call the “existential festivals” — events like Burning Man, SXSW, TED, Sundance, Bonnaroo, and ArtPrize, for example — I ask myself, “What are people really trying to accomplish here — besides just having fun?”

The answer I’ve come away with — after quite…

Anthony Mills

CEO — Legacy Innovation Group / Executive Director — Global Innovation Institute. Speaker. Writer. Scholar. Strategist. Adventurer. Global hitchhiker.

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