Bringing schmexy back in 2013.

Earth Hour 2013: An “Out of the Universe” musical tribute

March 24, 2013

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To mark Earth Hour 2013, my husband Paul recorded this video of one of his compositions, in one take. Can you spot the “secret ingredients” that made this musical dish special? And can you tell how old things were repurposed to create musical magic? :)

Does your office brainstorming meeting look like this?

March 23, 2013

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We’re in Week 3 of our Innovation class, and Prof. Owens shares this cool Bud Light commercial about what can happen in office brainstorming meetings. Does YOUR office brainstorming meeting look like this? :D (I’d like to think my meetings don’t!)

TED Talk: “Your elusive creative genius” by “Eat, Pray, Love” author Elizabeth Gilbert

March 13, 2013

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This next video I'm featuring on my blog is a TED talk by Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert on our "elusive creative genius." One line that struck me during her talk is when she pointed out how we've been taught and conditioned to think and believe this line: "Creativity and suffering are somehow inherently linked, and that artistry, ultimately, will always lead to anguish."

Where do good ideas come from?

March 11, 2013

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One of the required readings from Week 1 of our Strategic Innovation class is a review that Microsoft founder Bill Gates wrote for the book Where Ideas Come From by Steven Johnson. In the article, Gates summarizes some patterns that Johnson had identified as "conditions" that enable innovation: