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industry events coverage plus the monthly iMedi8 – top 8 posts I select from the blogosphere on a particular topic.

Burberry’s Innovation Turn-Around: Straight from the Top

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How do you go from a relegated British 50’s classic to become one of the world’s most innovative retail brands ranked by Fast Company?  For Burberry, it took a zealous focus led by its CEO, Angela Ahrendts, to target Millennials head on and go after their native digital world. Last November, I had a chance to hear Ahrendts speak at ... Read More »

Chicago Ideas Week 2012: Tech Talk Roundup – Change, Disruption, Oh My

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My inner tech geek got a chance to indulge itself with cartoons, StarTrek and V references and a sneak peek at one of the hottest 3-D printing products to hit the streets at a few of the CIW talks last week.  Both sessions I attended served up meaty insights and perspectives from heavily road-tested entrepreneurs and change agents along with ... Read More »

Chicago Ideas Week 2012: A Tale of 4 Labs and Your Creative Muse

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I spent much of my CIW 2012 Week right in the lab – no, these were not the terrible 4-hour chem labs that cloaked entire Tuesday afternoons over my first-year at UVa – instead, I spent 90-minute power brainstorm sessions sans white coat with a lot of markers, post-its, legos and play dough. Not a Bunsen burner in sight. Each ... Read More »

Chicago Ideas Week 2012: Living the iGeneration Today and Beyond

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For one week each October, Chicago Ideas Week (CIW) brings together some of the world’s most prolific speakers to share their entrepreneurial perspectives and inspire the innovations of tomorrow at more than 130 talks, lab sessions and tours across the city of Chicago. Through the melding of artists, engineers, technologists, inventors, scientists, musicians, economists, intrapreneurs and other passionate explorers, CIW aims ... Read More »

SMWChicago12: SMW Party Experiment – Analog vs. Digital, Who Trumps Who?

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Picture it – two simultaneous parties are taking place; one with a sultry speakeasy echo of the earliest of analog days, the other with a bright, electro-chill vibe lit up over a multitude of digital flashes and screens.  In one, smartphones are not permitted; in the other, large wall screens invite participants to add their own mark to the virtual ... Read More »

SMWChicago12: Cars.com – Rev Up Your Social Enterprise

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I love panels where people tell it like it is from the trenches.  Last week Cars.com hosted a Social Media Week Chicago discussion to talk about what it really means to roll up your company’s sleeves and ‘get social’.  Kerri Noeth, Director of Social Business, Vicki Ledajacks, Director of CRM and Kerry Sugrue, Social Community Manager brought a comprehensive view ... Read More »

SMWChicago12: Warhol Meets Social – the Intersection of Crazy Good

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I kicked off my Social Media Week Chicago festivities last week with the “Warhol Meets Social” panel, featuring a diverse set of artists David Hartt, VP Creative Director at Critical Mass, Young Sun Hang, Independent Artist and Michael Kozien, Associate Professor of Digital Media & Design College of Lake County.  Moderator,  Catherine Coykendall also from Critical Mass, fired up the ... Read More »

P&G’s Digital Vision + Open Innovation: Keys Behind their Success

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Over the last few months, I’ve been looking into various enterprise innovation programs to discover some of the secrets behind their market success.  In my searches, I came across a recent Global Innovation 1000 study by Booze & Company that found the top 10 Most Innovative companies outperformed the top R&D Spenders in several key financial metrics by a significant ... Read More »