Archive for April, 2007

Win the 20,000th Reader Celebration Prize on one of our sister blogs!

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Just a quick post to let our community of readers know that we’re offering a great prize to FIVE WINNERS who become the 20,000—20,004th reader hits for our sister blog, Creativity and Innovation Notations…read about it at the Creativity and Innovation Notations blog. Since many of you here also read that blog, I wanted to give you a heads-up that this is happening right now, so YOU have a shot at winning one of the five prizes!

This prize requires doing a wee bit of homework, so go over there now and follow the instructions—you can win a great bonus prize for yourself or your organization (for-profit or non-profit)! If this is successful, I may offer a similar prize again on this blog—keep watching for announcements.

~Cathryn Hrudicka, Chief Imagination Officer, Creative Sage™ / Cathryn Hrudicka & Associates

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Back to Orbit: Sing to Me about Innovation!

 

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Once in awhile, someone relatively unknown or “outside of the box” will do something spectacularly creative that deserves all of our attention. Today, I discovered that someone—Gus Bitdinger, a Stanford graduate student who wrote a primo song about Innovation in large organizations, “Back to Orbit.” Gus’s professor, Robert Sutton, was so impressed with the song, which was Gus’s final project for Sutton’s class, that Mr. Sutton posted a YouTube video of Bitdinger playing his song on the Harvard Business Review web site, in his “The Working Life” column.

Sutton wrote about the innovation class that fellow professor Michael Dearing and he taught to a diverse group of eleven Stanford students, called “Management Science & Engineering 282,” a joint offering of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program and the Stanford (Design) “d.school” class. As Sutton describes it, “We decided to see how creative the students could get by subjecting them to an absurdly hard final exam (suggested by one of the students, Sam Goldman): We asked each one to make a short video that summarized what they learned in the class. We were impressed by how well they all did; but the best one just stunned us: ‘Back to Orbit,’ which you can see as a YouTube video.” You can also see, hear and discuss it The Harvard Business Review Online (the video will pop up here, if you’ve got Snap).

Gus has very creatively used many ideas from the late Gordon MacKenzie’s landmark book, “Orbiting the Giant Hairball,” one of the classics about Creativity and Innovation in organizations. As many of my readers know, Robert Sutton is Professor of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University, where he co-founded the Center for Work, Technology and Organization. His most recent book is The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn’t. Sutton’s personal blog is Work Matters; he also maintains (with Jeffrey Pfeffer) a website focusing on the use of evidence-based management.

You can get this terrific video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrlSHZ0anAM or just click on this link, and the video should pop up here.

You can also see the video clip on our Creativity and Innovations Blog.

I invite you to watch other videos about creativity and innovation on our sidebar on the right, below, as I’ve had some problems embedding them in the main blog pages here. We’ve also gathered innovative PR and Marketing videos on our PR and Marketing Mentor Blog...scroll down to the sidebar there, and keep checking back for VodPod widge video additions on both of my WordPress blogs.

This should be obvious, but…Innovative organizations deserve the most creative and innovative marketing and PR, especially for your organization’s most innovative services and products!

 

 

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Revolutionize Retirement with Community College Encore Career Grants

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Is your community college opening doors to encore careers?

Civic Ventures will provide up to 10 grants of $25,000 each to community colleges that are finding ways to unleash the power of baby boomers as a workforce for social good.

Colleges that receive grants will be leaders in the effort to help people over 50 transition from midlife careers to “encore careers”–purpose-driven jobs that meet critical needs in America’s communities.Specifically, grants will be awarded to community colleges that are creating innovative ways to prepare baby boomers for careers in education, healthcare, and social services.

Grant proposals are due May 1st. Let’s revolutionize retirement now, and for future generations, and put those Baby Boomers to work for good causes!

The Community College Encore Career Project is sponsored by Civic Ventures—a think tank and incubator generating ideas and inventing programs to help society achieve the greatest return on experience—and is funded by the MetLife Foundation.

Fast Company magazine selected Civic Ventures as a Winner of its 2007 Social Capitalist Award. To learn more, visit http://www.civicventures.org.

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