innovation

Genius grants for inspired groups of collaborators

Genius grants for inspired groups of collaborators

McArthur “genius” grants are famous for endowing single, brilliant individuals with the resources to pursue their dreams and vision for an extended period of time. But genius often arises out of the interaction between close, complementary groups of...
Imagining innovation in the Google era

Imagining innovation in the Google era

Neal Stephenson has written an important essay, Innovation Starvation, which I discovered via Ron Burnett. In it he grapples with the decline in world-changing inventions, and focuses particularly on the potential role of science fiction as an inspiration for...
6 web technologies that don’t suck anymore

6 web technologies that don’t suck anymore

If you placed a Skype call in 2003, you might remember the joys of echo-filled connections and dropped calls. The service may not be bullet-proof today, but the improvement is remarkable. What was once a service you use in spite of the glitches is now a service you...
Real innovators don’t hold grudges

Real innovators don’t hold grudges

I started graduate school in 1995 with the intention of figuring out what was ailing Canada’s New Democratic Party. I dove into a comparative study of social democratic parties around the world. As often happens for grad students, my research interest took an...
Online innovators turn foresight into insight

Online innovators turn foresight into insight

A glance back at the events of 1989 makes it look like the ¬†year of foresight. It wasn’t a year of major tech payoffs: it was a year of advances that hinted at things to come. You can look back on those hints with a sense of financial opportunities missed, of...
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