We actually write and read more today than a decade ago – but so much of it is in fleeting emails, texts, tweets, and social networking site posts. If you’re interested in innovation, creativity, education, marketing and entrepreneurship, here’s an opportunity to linger a bit and spend some thoughtful time on these topics.
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My research is grounded by three interconnected factors: 1) The changing importance of location in marketing and business innovation (which is increasingly occurring in non-traditional settings); 2) the impact of micro and macro surroundings on creativity; and 3) the shift in Web 2.0 technology that has given rise to global micro-niche markets and extended entrepreneurs’ reach.
I’ve written and co-written loads of papers and business white papers over the years, many focused on the evolution of education or use of technology in the energy industry. I’ll share some here. This year, I’ll also embark on writing more academic papers related to my research above.
My research is fueling a book. I’m uniting the concepts of “location” and “innovation” together in a business book for entrepreneurs who want to innovate outside traditional geographic clusters for their industry.
Uncovering the stories of creative people, and shedding light on what gave rise to their moments of inspiration and innovation, fascinates me. For example, beginning back in 2006, I contributed some interviews to Jeff Howe’s new Crowdsourcing blog and discovered what made some early crowdsourcing stars a success. Lise Gagne and Russell Tate had emerged as iStockphoto’s best-selling photographer and illustrator respectively.
I read great essays every week and they inform much of my personal practice. They’re usually in the form of longer blog posts by smart people like marketer and artist Hugh MacLeod of gapingvoid.com (his global microbrand rant is a fave) , or my Google Reader will feed me great insights on design thinking from global design consultancy IDEO’s news page.
What magazines and newspapers do you like to read? Any? Despite the online proliferation of information, I still love the tactile experience of opening a print publication and reading it with a cup of tea. With great magazines in particular, I can really sense the extra care that went into curating and editing articles that are worthy of actual print and physical distribution to the newsstand.