5 Steps for a Better Innovation Culture through Experimentation & Failure

Innovation Excellence - 02 april 2014 - 12:00
I have recently written a white paper on how to build a stronger innovation culture by embracing failure. Unfortunately, I cannot offer a clear solution, toolbox or blueprint on how companies can do this and one major reason for this is that most — if not all — companies are very reluctant to share their failures and how they approach them and learn from them. Continue reading → [continue]

The people who walk away from society

Boing Boing - 01 april 2014 - 16:22
All this week Pacific Standard will be publishing profiles of people who have "opted out" — from hippie homesteaders to anti-government survivalists.     [continue]

Google, Duolingo and the Problems of Internet Translation

Fair Observer - 28 march 2014 - 23:56
Duolingo's push to "translate the web" is not as straightforward as it seems.Luis von Ahn, creator of the reCAPTCHA verification system that helps digitalize books, has set out to "translate the web into every major language." In this TED talk, he reminds us the Internet is fragmented into multiple languages and that the biggest portion is in English. "If you don't speak English," he points out, "you can't access it."In order to make the web... [continue]

A Brief History of the Russian Media (Part 2/2)

Fair Observer - 27 march 2014 - 21:10
Media Freedom: Cantankerous, Obstinate, Ubiquitous? A complete guide to who controls Russian news. [Note: Read part one here.]Due to the constrained political environment, Russian media outlets were unable to resist the pressure from the state and succumbed to the well-known propaganda and conformism pattern, according to which they had been operating in during Soviet times. The period of relative freedom of the press ended with Vladimir... [continue]

Central Asian Migrants in Russia: A Heated Debate

Fair Observer - 19 march 2014 - 18:58
With the growing presence of Central Asians in Russia, xenophobia has started to rise.The question of whether Uzbeks might become a titular nationality in Russia reflects ongoing, often heated discussions on the future of the country and its ethnic composition in relation to the growth of labor migration from Central Asia.Reading over posts on Facebook, I came across a statement by a commentator from Russia, who claimed that quite soon the "Asians" — meaning Muslims from Central... [continue]

A Brief History of the Russian Media (Part 1/2)

Fair Observer - 18 march 2014 - 19:41
Media Freedom: Cantankerous, Obstinate, Ubiquitous? A complete guide to who controls Russian news.Recent history of Russian media shows how the media system was preconditioned by the country's political development. In the 1990s, the Russian media system underwent major transformations following the collapse of the Soviet Union. The media were introduced to new realities: the market economy; the end of ideological control of the Communist... [continue]

Lavish Afghan Weddings: A Cultural Challenge

Fair Observer - 18 march 2014 - 14:38
Faced with cultural challenges, youth in Afghanistan can make a difference.Afghanistan, predominantly rural, has undergone significant changes in recent decades. The urban population has increased at an unprecedented pace, owing to rural insecurity and concentration of capital, goods and services in the cities. Kabul, for example, is home to roughly 5 million people, or one-seventh of the population.Given the lack of stronger dynamics of internal social development driving urbanization, the... [continue]

Letting Entrepreneurs “off-leash”

Innovation Excellence - 14 march 2014 - 12:00
Are you prepared to let your entrepreneurs off leash? Will they behave, get things done and come when you call them? Continue reading → [continue]

Sanskrit: Reviving a Sacred Language

Fair Observer - 13 march 2014 - 20:47
South Asian Languages: Evolving Roles in a Globalized World Sanskrit remains a beautiful and useful language in contemporary society.When we speak of language, the first question that comes to mind is, what is meant by "language"?Language is a complex system based on sounds, symbols, gestures and grammar that humans use to communicate thoughts, feelings and abstract concepts.There are approximately over 6,000 languages in the world. A... [continue]

Finding the Best Ideas

Innovation Excellence - 11 march 2014 - 13:00
Three big reasons why establishing an innovative community within your organisation will help you find the best ideas. Continue reading → [continue]