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Is Our Political System Collapsing?
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In our country, most people are frustrated by the current political and social situation, but I warn the problem is not with what is happening lately––those are symptoms of a bigger problem in the political system. The word “system” implies that we must look at the situation from the system’s perspective, not from the events’. The latter perspective is how the media makes money. It needs to keep us coming back for more while providing no solutions. That is, we are jumping from event to event, provided by media, instead of looking at the root of the problem. Fortunately, being an expert in systems is not needed to understand what is going on. ... Read More →

Twelve principles for open innovation 2.0
A new mode of innovation is emerging that blurs the lines between universities, industry, governments and communities. It exploits disruptive technologies — such as cloud computing, the Internet of Things and big data — to solve societal challenges sustainably and profitably, and more quickly and ably than before. It is called open innovation 2.0 (ref. 1). The promise is sustainable, intelligent living: innovations drive economic growth and improve quality of life while reducing environmental impact and resource use. For example, a dynamic congestion-charging system can adjust traffic flow and offer incentives to use park-and-ride schemes, gu ... Read More →

My IBM Design Bootcamp Experience.
By Eytan Davidovits & Rachel Sibley. This is a 6-part blog series by (and about) Eytan Davidovits, a Visual Designer who joined IBM Design in December 2015. In January 2016, Eytan embarked on IBM Design Bootcamp, an intensive 3-month onboarding experience for early career design talent, and decided to chronicle his adventures. Take a peek inside Eytan’s world; you’ll learn skills and practices at the heart of IBM Design Thinking. Eytan is one face of the future of IBM—and of Design itself. The Journey Begins “We are so excited to see you for IBM Design Bootcamp on Tuesday, January 19!” This invitation, a line in an email I’d received one we ... Read More →

Sephora Fosters Female-Led Startups to Offset Opportunity Gap
This new program offers mentorship, a bootcamp and small loans for women's small businesses This new program offers mentorship, a bootcamp and small loans for women's small businesses As a leading business in the beauty industry, Sephora continues to influence a number of spheres from high-fashion runway shows to emerging beauty bloggers. Now, the company hopes to foster success within ambitious businesses specifically led by women. Sephora Accelerate will select a few beauty businesses—defined as businesses creating everything from cosmetic products to tech items—to participate in a week-long bootcamp, receive guidance from industry and start ... Read More →

4 Startup Funding Sources You May Be Overlooking
When I taught entrepreneurship at Cal Lutheran University, I invited Rob Powells, one of the founders of Rocket Fizz, to speak about how he raised funds for his growing startup. He told my class a story that will be familiar to anyone who’s ever launched a business: dozens of banks rejected him for loans. What he said next, however, surprised me. Fizz’s founders raised the money to start what is now a very successful business by buying a Chinese product and reselling for a profit here in the U.S. In fact, they didn’t just raise money, they made a killing! I thought I knew every possible way to raise startup capital, but I’d never hear ... Read More →

Meet Project Jacquard, Google's Plan To Turn Your Clothes Into A Touch Screen
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One of Frog's big predictions was that 2015 would be the year that textiles got techy. Maybe it heard rumblings of Project Jacquard, Google's new venture to weave touch controls into textiles right on the loom. Project Jacquard is the latest gambit from Ivan Poupyrev, the legendary interaction designer who Google, by way of Motorola, poached from Disney Research in 2013. Designed within Google's Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP, which Google described on stage at I/O last week as their "small, scrappy group of pirates working on wicked cool shit"), Project Jacquard gives textile manufacturers the ability to impregnate their cloth with a ... Read More →

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