Innovation introduces readers to the global pioneers whose ideas and products have driven the changes that have revolutionised our world in every field.
Any organisation looking to succeed in the global digital economy of today - and tomorrow - must innovate. Innovation introduces the global pioneers whose ideas and products have driven the changes that have revolutionised our world in every field. It showcases the pioneers who have broken the mould and led the pack in every field from business and technology to food, fashion, culture and healthcare. Drawing on exclusive interviews with more than 100 leading innovators from around the world, Innovation highlights the common denominators linking these highly creative people. It presents the inside track on who's done what, how they did it, what drives them on, and why innovation is so critical to individuals, businesses and to society as a whole. This book is a fascinating, fast-paced read and more importantly, it will empower you and your business to be more innovative too.
Online supporting resources for this book include a bonus chapter on the key to innovation.
Kim Chandler McDonald has underlined not just how important innovation is to us presently, but how integral it will be to us in the future - both in the short term and long term. It is not often that a book appears which reaches across so many frontiers of experience and expertise as it extends an inter-generational bridge between such a wide range of ideas, inspirations and innovational thinking. I would suggest this book be core reference reading for any student of innovation and entrepreneurship - whether they are leading up to university study, in a graduate program, or partaking in the university of life.
Sandy Carter, IBM General Manager and Social Business Evangelist
We can generalize all we like about innovation, but in the end it boils down to people. What unites them is the gift to see round corners and press on when more rational persons hold back. Here are sharply-focused interviews with these doers and some keen observers. I've read them to my profit, and so will you.
Nigel Cameron, President of the Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies in Washington, DC, and Managing Director at C-PET Futures Platform
The book is a gallery of bright and brilliant innovation stories in our GDE-Global Digital Economy and Me-conomics. It is full of inspiring interviews as well as mind-stimulating 'Quizzics'. It is demonstrating that the future is in navigating the innovative ecosystems generated by the renewal of National Intellectual Capital, as well as leveraging/embracing the innovative Intellectual Capital multiplier effects of ICT innovation at the enterprise level.
Leif Edvinsson, World's First Professor on Intellectual Capital; Brain of the Year 1998 for pioneering Intellectual Capital Navigation; Open Innovation Luminary Awardee 2013
Kim Chandler McDonald offers fresh (and brash) voices of unexpected innovators who will delight and inspire people everywhere to find their own creative spark in a 'me-conomy' of new possibilities.
Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Harvard Business School Professor and bestselling author of Confidence and SuperCorp: How Vanguard Companies Create Innovation, Profits, Growth, and Social Good
The importance of innovative thought and the collaboration of ideas and inspiration is at the forefront of this collection of interviews and essays. The range of business expertise and acumen is extensive; however it's important that Kim has also included award winning young people who illustrate that students have great potential and strive for excellence in a wide range of fields that benefit business and society alike. By including these young people and highlighting the non-cognitive skills they deployed to drive change, the book becomes a bridge to discussion among a wide range of ages and interests.
Sarah Berghorst, Chief Executive Director at OneGoal
The personal insights shared by the innovators who were interviewed explore the core concepts underlying innovation and the skills that will define success in the increasingly competitive global digital economy. With its enhanced eBook/online format, !nnovation is a great read and an intriguing interactive experience!
Francine Gordon, Ph.D. CEO of Womenovation
Succeeds in being visionary and pragmatic at the same time. Filled with valuable insights and grounded advice. Gives you an urge to improve everything around you - which is the essence of innovation.
Saku Tuominen. Founder of Idealist Group and Dreamdo. Entrepreneur, executive producer, author, keynote-speaker, innovator and idealist
Innovation is boundless, borderless and vital to a vibrant, creative and prosperous society. Kim Chandler McDonald illustrates this compellingly by bringing together more than 100 international thought-leaders, highlighting the triumphs and obstacles behind real-world, world-class innovation.
Henry F. De Sio, Jr. 2008 Obama for America COO, Former Deputy Assistant to President Barack Obama, Author & Leadership Innovator
When reading Innovation, it's not hard to imagine the incredibly busy schedules of its contributors and readers, and see the purpose of the book's delicious bite-sized chunks of ideas, experiences and insights that may be savoured in moments of respite or over a lazy weekend afternoon. It offers a glimpse into an organic global order - the roots, branches and leaves of innovation - that is shaping humanity's future, and the requisite tending and shaping of ideas that is necessary to continue to make innovation meaningful, and not just an overplayed buzzword.
Brad Smith, Founder of WebVisions
Innovation contains hundreds of fascinating thoughts about how true innovation occurs in the real world. Too many books on the subject matter are full of fluff and hyperbole, while never saying anything worth while. However, Kim delivers on her promises and provides useful insight through the lens of others.
Seth Kravitz is a Chicagoan, Cofounder of Technori, Bow Truss Coffee Roasters and Strange Pelican Brewery
Kim Chandler McDonald is the Co Founder and EVP of KimmiC, a company specializing in lateral thinking and international innovation implementation. A former writer/editor for national and international newspapers and magazines and host/producer of an award winning radio/TV program, Kim is a sought after speaker, columnist and advisory board member. She currently sits on Griffith University's Enterprise Advisory Board, the Advisory Board of Frost and Sullivan's - Global Innovation and Leadership Community and is an Academy Fellow of the International Entrepreneurship Academy.
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