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This is an episode of REVOLUTIONARIES, a co-production of the Computer History Museum and KQED television, with major sponsorship by Intel. Recorded: September 13, 2012. Broadcast date: April 22, 2013. an•thro•pol•o•gy [an-thruh-pol-uh-jee] The science that deals with the origins, physical and cultural development, biological characteristics, and social customs and beliefs of humankind. Silos and silo-busting - the secret of innovation The 21st century world is marked by a profound paradox. On the one hand we are more interconnected than ever before, in the sense that we now live and operate in systems that are tightly entwined. But on the other hand, we also live at a time of great intellectual and social polarization - or silos - and social media is making some of this fracture worse, by encouraging the development of intellectual echo chambers. The presence of silos inside organizations can often be deadly; the financial industry is a case in point. But groups or people who can "silo bust" - or jump across boundaries and categories - are often extremely innovative; indeed, much of the modern innovation that has occurred in recent years has arisen because of the ability of people to silo bust. What are the key perils of silos and what do anthropologists have to say about the existence and trap of silos today? How can organizations silo-bust effectively? Award-winning journalist (and anthropologist) Gillian Tett and her panel search for the answers to these questions and many more.
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[Recorded: September 13, 2012] an•thro•pol•o•gy [an-thruh-pol-uh-jee] The science that deals with the origins, physical and cultural development, biological characteristics, and social customs and beliefs of humankind. Silos and silo-busting - the secret of innovation The 21st century world is marked by a profound paradox. On the one hand we are more interconnected than ever before, in the sense that we now live and operate in systems that are tightly entwined. But on the other hand, we also live at a time of great intellectual and social polarization - or silos - and social media is making some of this fracture worse, by encouraging the development of intellectual echo chambers. The presence of silos inside organizations can often be deadly; the financial industry is a case in point. But groups or people who can "silo bust" - or jump across boundaries and categories - are often extremely innovative; indeed, much of the modern innovation that has occurred in recent years has arisen because of the ability of people to silo bust. What are the key perils of silos and what do anthropologists have to say about the existence and trap of silos today? How can organizations silo-bust effectively? Join award-winning journalist (and anthropologist) Gillian Tett and her panel to find the answers to these questions and many more. This event is part of the Computer History Museum's acclaimed speaker series Revolutionaries, featuring conversations with renowned innovators, business and technology leaders and authors in enthralling and educational conversations about the process of innovation, its risks and rewards, and failure that led to ultimate success
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Google Tech Talk October 23, 2012 Presented by Chris Pacione ABSTRACT Recent socioeconomic shifts are driving organizations worldwide to get better at innovation—not just within traditional areas like R&D, but throughout an entire culture of work. However current research indicates that, on the whole, most organizations are still at loss as to how to make innovation more frequent and pervasive. But this should be no surprise. Do you know anyone with a degree in innovation? Have you ever taken a course on innovation? Do you consider yourself an expert at innovation? Do you think innovation can even be taught? If so, what would *you* teach? This talk is about how leveling-up in innovation is not only a global imperative, but possible through mastery of Human-Centered Design—the disciplined practice of developing solutions in the service of people. Designer, entrepreneur and current CEO of LUMA Institute Chris Pacione will present how his company is helping all kinds of organizations around the world, get better at innovation and bring new and lasting value to the world. Speaker Info As Director and CEO of LUMA Institute, Chris leads a highly skilled, multidisciplinary team of practitioners and educators who are passionate about helping everyone "make things better." Chris is a frequent speaker, teacher, and writer on the topics of innovation, design and education in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. He has accumulated years of experience as both an innovative entrepreneur and educator and his work has been cited in Business Week, the New York Times, and Fast Company. Prior to joining Luma, Chris co-founded Body-Media, Inc, which was an early pioneer in wearable health monitoring; held the Mc Candless Chair at the Carnegie Mellon School of Design; taught courses in human-computer interaction; and developed new product ideas and experiences for clients such as Intel, Motorola, Xerox, and Microsoft. Chris received his Bachelor's from Carnegie Mellon University, where he continues to serve as a guest lecturer, and his Master's from the Cranbrook Academy of Art.
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Google Tech Talk September 10, 2012 Presented by Joel Spolsky. ABSTRACT Software developers love Stack Overflow and know that it has a ... unique culture to it. But what isn't as well known is how the structure of the software and technology behind Stack Overflow is designed to help shape that community. We'll discuss some of the unique aspects of the Stack Overflow community, the basics of cultural anthropology, and how we've designed the sites to facilitate the community that our users ask for. Speaker Info: Joel Spolsky is an expert on software development, co-founder of Fog Creek Software, and the co-creator of stackoverflow.com. His website Joel on Software is popular with software developers around the world and has been translated into over thirty languages. He has written four books about software development, including Smart and Gets Things Done: Joel Spolsky's Concise Guide to Finding the Best Technical Talent (Apress 2007). Joel has worked at Microsoft, where he designed VBA as a member of the Excel team, and at Juno Online Services, developing an Internet client used by millions.
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Google Tech Talks May 14, 2007 ABSTRACT Much of what we know about innovation is wrong. That's the bet this talk takes, as it romps through the history of innovation, dispelling the mythologies we've constructed about how we got here. This talk, loosely based on the upcoming O'Reilly book (May 2007), will help you to recognize the myths, understand why they're popular (even if you don't believe in them), and how to use the truth to help you innovate today. Speaker: Scott Berkun Credits: Speaker:Scott Berkun
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Google Tech Talk November 30, 2009 ABSTRACT Press Conference: Innovation and the Transformation of the Global Energy System. Please see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYLHiN6cWes for the formal presentation. Participants for event include: Tim Woodward, Managing Director, Nth Power Dan Reicher, Director of Climate and Energy Initiatives, Google Dr. Ernie Moniz, Director of the MIT Energy Initiative Dr. Daniel Kammen, Director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory, UC Berkeley Dr. Lynn Orr, Director of the Precourt Institute for Energy, Stanford University
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