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Weak signals, at best

March 16, 2014 Leave a comment

20140316-084933.jpg This pearl of wisdom from George Will reminds us why detecting weak signals might be all we have to prepare for the future.

“The future has a way of arriving unannounced.”

– George Will

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Smartness of the team

September 11, 2013 Leave a comment

The smartness of the team is smarter than the smartest in the team.

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Unlimited resources

20130713-142308.jpg At today’s IDDRI conference Innovative Society for the 21st Century, Paris, Development Minister Pascal Canfin concludes:

‘”Earth resources are limited. But other things are unlimited: human intelligence and human stupidity. Up to us to choose!”

Take risks

April 18, 2013 Leave a comment

Bisquine Cancalaise“A ship in harbor is safe — but that is not what ships are built for.”

John A. Shedd

Dragons don’t worship market trends

December 21, 2012 Leave a comment

Bruce LeeFar too often, I see innovation workshops turning into market trends worship. But if innovation is about lateral thinking, breakthrough, disruption, then surely trends that are merely the extrapolation of our present circumstances are not going to be of much help.

Enter the Dragon:

“To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities.”

Bruce Lee.

The necessary, the possible, the impossible

November 10, 2012 Leave a comment

A while ago, I listed different ways to express the three classic horizons of innovation. Thanks to my friend Yolandé, I came across this other one, from another time, almost another world:

“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”

Francis of Assisi.

Leonardo Da Vinci: rapid prototyping

March 29, 2012 Leave a comment

Returning from the MIT Energy Initiative conference in Rome, I roam the small exhibition at Leonardo Da Vinci airport, where prototypes of some of Leonardo’s many flying machines have been built according to his designs.

As I study the last one, a curious device called ‘flapping wing’ (right) designed to lift the board and the person standing on it who actions the lever, I stumble on this instruction that Leonardo wrote next to his drawing:

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