In the final part of his three-part series on innovation in Australia, Mark Dodgson argues for the importance of innovation in creating a prosperous society. He contrasts the success of countries which have embraced innovation with the stagnation of those which have not. After describing the influence of Australia’s colonial past, and efforts in recent decades to bring forth change, this week Mark Dodgson presents his simple recipe for government, business and education, to create a nation with a prosperous future.
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Innovation in Australia part 3 of 3 - getting to where we want to be - The Science Show - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Innovation in Australia part 2 of 3 - recent times - The Science Show - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Mark Dodgson continues his look at innovation in Australia. We hear about Australian inventor Arthur Bishop (1917–2006), described as a modern-day Leonardo da Vinci. He took on the world car industry with his new steering mechanism. Politician John Button sought to modernise Australia’s backward approach to industry in the 1980s, and the CSIRO, bruised and battered at the turn of the century survives as it transforms itself making its research more market-focussed. This week it launched its latest flagship, concentrating on digital communications.
Y Combinator and startup incubators - Future Tense - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Y Combinator is an influential investment firm based in Silicon Valley. Each year it takes a bunch of aspiring entrepreneurs and hot-houses their development. It’s proving so successful that it’s now being talked about as a sort of innovation factory. Journalist and author Randall Stross takes us inside the firm to explain how it works.
RSA Keynote 7th Feb 2013; 18:00 (full recording including audience Q&A)
Technologist and writer Ben Hammersley explores the role of the internet and digital technologies in today’s workplace.
As social media, mobile devices, constant communication, online sharing, and open collaboration become the norms in the rest of our lives, the traditional workplace is failing to adapt.
How do our traditional workplace models conflict with our new internet-driven expectations of how we might live and work to our full potential, and how might companies and organisations learn to adapt in the 21st century?
Speaker: Ben Hammersley, Prime Minister’s Ambassador to TechCity, contributing editor, Wired UK, innovator in residence, Goldsmiths, University of London and author of ‘64 Things You Need to Know Now for Then’.
Chair: Matthew Taylor, chief executive, RSA.
RSA Thursday 14th Feb 2013; 13:00 (full recording including audience Q&A)
While corporations are the source of our prosperity, they are also the cause of many of our most-pressing global problems. How is the corporation failing us, and what steps should we take to restore trust in it? How can we enter into a new way of thinking about the firm, which not only stops it destroying us but turns it into the means of protecting our environment, addressing social problems, and creating new sources of entrepreneurship and innovation?
Colin Mayer, Peter Moores Professor of Management Studies at the University of Oxford, visits the RSA to expose the sources of these problems – ownership, governance, accountability, transparency and the erosion of citizens’ trust in big business.
The current pre-occupation with shareholder value has been very damaging to the performance of firms, but also to their customers and the communities they should serve. He sets out an ambitious agenda for change and will be challenging corporations, regulators, governments, shareholders and consumers to engage meaningfully with the issues and to commit to transformation.
Speaker: Colin Mayers, Peter Moores Professor of Management Studies, the University of Oxford.
Chair: Matthew Taylor, chief exeutive, RSA.
In this episode, the often taboo subject of how to decide what to charge for what you do. Getting the balance between too cheap and too pricey can be tricky, so Andy and Anna share their experiences — including Andy’s infamous ‘double your rate Fridays — and how to handle uncomfortable conversations about money.
An interview with Heidi Grant Halvorson, motivational psychologist and author of Nine Things Successful People Do Differently.
Business bloggers at Harvard Business Review discuss a variety of business topics including managing people, innovation, leadership, and more.
A lot of R&D still puts the front-end last. But considering the user experience throughout product development pays handsomely, say Christian Crumlish and Erin Malone. One study shows design-led businesses outpacing the FTSE 100 by 100 pct. Crumlish and Malone provide cases for Twitter, Dropbox, Hipmunk, and Etsy, outlining how good UX pays, at the 2011 Web 2.0 Conference.
UX—User Experience is part user interface engineering, graphic design, usability testing, HCI (human-computer interaction), cognitive psychology, and content strategy. It’s best if it’s baked in to the mix, rather than added as frosting on the cake.
So many of the recent offerings that have succeeded in sparking the public’s interest and curiosity are especially uncomplicated and easy to use. Both imaginative rethinking and pragmatic testing are required, but the result can be a product that holds up against price wars for the value of the experience.
Malone presents a case from Twitter, in which they found that new users abandoned their accounts soon after signing on. How could they avoid having new users feel like they had showed up for a party but found, at first, an empty room? The answer was in managing experience flow. Making it easy for users is the clever and quick work of ideation, sketching, rapid iteration, and problem-solving, all design mainstays.
UX design and testing pays. Good design gets free public relations, as users describe the products as "beautiful" or feel the makers especially understand their needs. Simple A/B testing has netted millions of dollars in profits as one graphic or phrase appeals to consumers over another. Malone urges startups to find UX expert help early, where a few well-chosen design considerations can go a long way.
Christian Crumlish is a writer, information architect, and digital designer. He is a consumer experience evangelist at AOL, an advisor to and director emeritus of the Information Architecture Institute, and co-chair of the monthly BayCHI program. He was the curator of the Yahoo! Design Pattern Library for several years. He is the author of the bestselling The Internet for Busy People, and The Power of Many, and co-author of Designing Social Interfaces with Erin Malone. He has spoken about social patterns at BarCamp Block, BayCHI, SXSW, the IA Summit, Ignite, Web 2.0 Expo, PLoP, IDEA, Web Directions, the Web App Masters Tour, and WebVisions.
Erin Malone, Principal with Tangible UX, has led design teams and developing social experiences for web and software for over 20 years. Prior to Tangible UX, she spent 4 years at Yahoo! leading the Platform User Experience Design team on Community products and platforms, helping develop the Yahoo! Open Strategy, building the Yahoo! Design Pattern Library and providing design expertise to YUI (Yahoo! User Interface Library). She led the redesign of the Yahoo! Developer Network, among other Yahoo initiatives.
Before Yahoo!, Malone was a Design Director at AOL responsible for community applications, Creative Director at AltaVista and chief Information Architect for Zip2. She was the founding editor-in-chief of Boxes and Arrows and author of several articles on interaction design history and design. She is co-author of the book Designing Social Interfaces with Christian Crumlish for O’Reilly Media.
Featuring: Dan Ariely, A.G. Lafley, Lynda Gratton, Peter Cappelli, Claudio Fernández-Aráoz, Charlene Li, Tim Brown, Bob Sutton, Herminia Ibarra, Ed Schein, Jean-Francois Manzoni, and Daniel Pink. For more projects from thought leaders, check out the 2011 HBR Agenda.
Andy tells us the best practices to employ when building your site for your target audience. Also discover what it takes for your designs to stand out.
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