Trigger Creativity using Creativity Cards

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Workshop “Trigger Creativity using Creativity Cards” was held last week in Zagreb. After the introduction to creativity and newest technology and business trends, participants learned to use combinations of different triggers and ideas to inspire new improvements & features to their ideas.

52 Creativity Cards helped in filling many blank pages on the workshop with new ideas and this concept was at the end evaluated as successful and valuable.

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“The Method” – Contest

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To set up an innovation contest, we’ll first need a topic for sure. Clearly defined, “trendy” topic must push innovators to engage in contest. Sales, marketing, management or customer should trigger new topic from the business field that needs new ideas from our “innovation team”. This need seeker should provide quality description and customer situation of the topic, but avoid technical details as this could lead innovators into wrong path and there is no need for details in this phase – concepts are better.   Continue reading ““The Method” – Contest”

The power of innovation campaigns

It’s easy to start innovation campaign, but to do it in a right way you need to be stick to some principles. So, to get really good, focused ideas much work has to be done before the start. If it’s possible it is best to have fixed topic, maybe also the customer behind it! Then your participants will have the biggest chance for innovation. It’s not important to buy newest piece of software to support the campaign, it can be done in a simplest way, which is in most cases – the best way. Sharepoint or even the Excel sheets … Continue reading The power of innovation campaigns

insights from entrepreneurship + innovation conference

Two days ago, I attended and I give a presentation on a conference “entrepreneurship + innovation” in my hometown Osijek, Croatia. This was the 4th conference, but I attended for the 1st time and I’m very happy that I can say that it was very well prepared and very interesting event. In the first part we can saw the presenters talking about depressing and pesimistic state of croatian economy. Ok, now we finally admit that our country is in deep trouble. Second part was three paralel sessions and I was on the “Innovation” session. Presenters shown examples of entrepreneurship in … Continue reading insights from entrepreneurship + innovation conference

first workshop abroad

I have done my “Innovations & Creativity Workshop” first time outside Croatia. The pleasure was to be in Budapest for 2 days in front of creative people who was interested to listen to my stories. The reaction is almost the same as in Croatia, inventor stories about silly innovations, accidental inventions and success stories was best accepted. Open innovation chapter was also very interesting and I’m now sure that everyone could be convinced that open innovations are future in many companies. Next thing that is always interesting wherever I am, are inpirational internet sites mentioned in last post (creativity avalanche). … Continue reading first workshop abroad

course on creativity and innovation

I’m just back from first course on Innovations and Creativity. It was a day and half long course on creative thinking and innovation. I got great feedback from participants and I’m sure that in future I will go on with this course. As I expected attendees are the most interested in the creativity examples such as some thinking techniques and pointing out the examples, like coincidental inventions. But, also the chapter “Open Innovations” was very interesting for them as they didn’t know nothing about it. Open Innovation Web-Sites like Innocentive was the complete novelty. New website created (Croatian) which supports … Continue reading course on creativity and innovation

ireland starts new open innovation contest

Last year Ireland had interesting open innovation program which shown good results (ideascampaign). This year contest looks nicer 😉 and it has prizes, also they took Brightidea software to support it. I think that they learned from last year and this knowledge is keeping them on right track. Certanly, the right track is open innovation. You can find it on:  http://www.yourcountryyourcall.com These concept could be the example for other countries, specially to countries which have large diaspora(like my country – Croatia). Continue reading ireland starts new open innovation contest

10 tips for successful brainstorming session

When you have a group of people and you need to take their ideas from selected topic I can give you few tips: 1. start with mentioning expected results 2. use existing examples of realized ideas to avake inspiration 3. smile and mention funny ideas from past 4. write down every idea 5. try to include every participant 6. never focus to much only on one/two participants who have most ideas 7. after session send titles of all ideas to participants 8. send your notes to idea creator and ask for details 9. be boring when it comes to get … Continue reading 10 tips for successful brainstorming session

innovation brainstorming workshops

Last month, I had four innovation workshops with brainstorming sessions, and what I learned is that in each group I can expect allways different situation. I had groups with 7-17 participants, they were from the same technical field and have the same techical knowledge. What was common in all 4 workshops is that the boss is always the leader with most ideas(that’s good), other innovative people from past are followers, but some of participants haven’t contribute at all. I reach some of them, with showing the benefits of ideas to indivudual(incentives+glory). Important is to notify about successful ideas from their … Continue reading innovation brainstorming workshops

event went fine

I held an inno-event two days ago. It went just fine, I think that participants were satisfied, because the final event of innovation award program, should be as it was – not long, informative and dinamic. Best 4 participants presented thier ideas and I had a presentation about the inno-statistics this year.The greatest success is to have new ideas coming in after event, and I heard about some new ideas, really 🙂The brochure which I made, was read through event as I saw, and it seems like it was good idea to make it(I haven’t waste time to make it). … Continue reading event went fine