I recently read a great article on the Fastcompany site on “Why the future of innovation is in ideas not product”, it a great article and one you should link onto.
But as always it got me thinking about my idea bank, my repository of ideas and thoughts, I transferred it to Evernote a while back, and this has transformed my thinking, I can now easily take an overview, and search on one tag, to see what else I have in the same vain.
Innovation is so often stifled, not because of no ideas, but because many a company require paperwork to show a products potential, they need reports, and any idea needs a backer, funds allocated, and progress reports, this is the stifled bit, an idea should have freedom, freedom to grow and become what it is, Google have the right idea, in that they have their 20% time rule, which means any one person can innovate, it does not require that the idea comes out of a department, apart from some very basic rules, the office post room can innovate and put an idea forward.
In my company, we are just two, so ideas can grow quite easily, take life and fester, the beauty of Evernote is the shared file, we both can add and comment, and so often it's not in office hours, ideas can come at any time, so we access via laptop, iPad or iPhone.
The CPD here is simple and straight forward, we need ideas, there are no rules other that common sence and morality, all are looked at and kept, some are left alone some are joined. We have no rules on when and where, so often a good idea is stimulated by beer, or a talk over a pint, my local has a good wifi, so a lunch time beer and sandwich can bring forward great concepts,,,, well most of the time.
Today's photo is not innovation, just good sence, a local house near to we're I live is having a garage built, and the tiles for the pitched roof are reclaimed, nice, and very sustainable. They come in a large crate and the contractor has them lifted to roof height via a large site folk lift unit.
Today we go to Attingham Park, near Atcham, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, large gardens and a fine house to look over, I hope the weather holds, currently it's sunny. But one thing is certain, my iPhone will be in constant use. Look into my Flickr account late afternoon for uploads.