Crowdsourcing in to 2010

Its my humble opinion that Crowdsourcing will be a pretty big trend this year. So what’s Crowdsourcing? Here is the Wikipedia definition: Crowdsourcing is a neologistic compound of Crowd and a short for Outsourcing, for the act of taking tasks traditionally performed by an employee or contractor, and outsourcing them to a group of people…

I’m Writing On My Walls!

Why? Because I can! I just ordered one of the best products I’ve heard of in recent years – IdeaPaint. You just paint it on , and you can start writing on it. Sweet! I’ll take pictures once I’ve painted my office, but here is a pic for inspiration. Follow them on Twitter @ideapaint and…

10 Red Balloons and $40,000

How cool is this: To mark the 40th anniversary of the Internet, DARPA has announced the DARPA Network Challenge, a competition that will explore the roles the Internet and social networking play in the timely communication, wide-area team-building, and urgent mobilization required to solve broad-scope, time-critical problems. The challenge is to be the first to…

Make just about anything – in New Zealand?

I just read a wonderful article in Inc. Magazine about a company in New Zealand, that is making designs come to life for anyone around the world. What I love about this concept is its simplicity – you think of something, they make it for you! Ponoko owns and operates a laser cutter in their…

Wear a Hat, Play in the Sand and Find Inspiration!

I was reading a friends blog post the other night, and it reminded me of something I learned during an innovation coaching session. If you are feeling uninspired, take yourself out of your normal space. Here are a couple of ideas: 1) Wear something different to work. Dress up. Wear a hat. Wear bright colors…