Repackaged with a new Afterword, this valuable and entertaining (New York Times Book Review) book explores how scientists are adapting nature's best ideas to solve tough 21st century problems
Biomimicry is rapidly transforming life on earth. Biomimics study nature's most successful ideas over the past 3.5 million years, and adapt them for human use. The results are revolutionizing how materials are invented and how we compute, heal ourselves, repair the environment, and feed the world.
Janine Benyus takes readers into the lab and in the field with maverick thinkers as they: discover miracle drugs by watching what chimps eat when they're sick; learn how to create by watching spiders weave fibers; harness energy by examining how a leaf converts sunlight into fuel in trillionths of a second; and many more examples.
Composed of stories of vision and invention, personalities and pipe dreams, Biomimicry is must reading for anyone interested in the shape of our future.
Firebrand conservative columnist, commentator, Internet entrepreneur, and #1 New York Times bestselling author Michelle Malkin tells the fascinating, little-known stories of the inventors who have contributed to American exceptionalism and technological progress.Call them America's "tinkerpreneurs"--unsung innovators who commercialized their "little" ideas to create products, companies, wealth, and opportunities that thrive today. Tireless, self-made, and largely self-taught, they raised our standard of living with the creation of items we daily take for granted, from razors to bottle caps, flashlights to bridge cables. This entertaining and enlightening treasury is, in part, Michelle Malkin's response to President Obama's infamous assertion that "if you've got a business, you didn't build that." She examines how factors such as profit motive, intellectual property rights, patriotism, faith, family, and an unwavering belief in American exceptionalism set the stage for the creation of toilet paper, glass bottles, the hydroelectric power plant, and more. Demonized by the left as greedy villains and selfish barons, these visionaries have nurtured job-creating powerhouses used today by "progressive" propagandists who can't comprehend how much comfort and convenience they enjoy as a result of the ingenious contributions by these original American dreamers. Are they rich? You bet. They earned their private rewards for the public good. Find out Who Built That--and the next time you turn on your air conditioner, say thank you.
From the coauthors of the New York Times bestseller Abundance comes their much anticipated follow-up: Bold--a radical, how-to guide for using exponential technologies, moonshot thinking, and crowd-powered tools to create extraordinary wealth while also positively impacting the lives of billions.Bold unfolds in three parts. Part One focuses on the exponential technologies that are disrupting today's Fortune 500 companies and enabling upstart entrepreneurs to go from I've got an idea to I run a billion-dollar company far faster than ever before. The authors provide exceptional insight into the power of 3D printing, artificial intelligence, robotics, networks and sensors, and synthetic biology. Part Two of the book focuses on the Psychology of Bold, drawing on insights from billionaire entrepreneurs Larry Page, Elon Musk, Richard Branson, and Jeff Bezos. In addition, Diamandis reveals his entrepreneurial secrets garnered from building fifteen companies, including such audacious ventures as Singularity University, XPRIZE, Planetary Resources, and Human Longevity, Inc. Finally, Bold closes with a look at the best practices that allow anyone to leverage today's hyper-connected crowd like never before. Here, the authors teach how to design and use incentive competitions, launch million-dollar crowdfunding campaigns to tap into ten's of billions of dollars of capital, and finally how to build communities--armies of exponentially enabled individuals willing and able to help today's entrepreneurs make their boldest dreams come true. Bold is both a manifesto and a manual. It is today's exponential entrepreneur's go-to resource on the use of emerging technologies, thinking at scale, and the awesome power of crowd-powered tools.
Contrary to popular wisdom, you don't have to be an ace electrician, a coding prodigy, or a mechanical master to come up with a game-changing invention You just need curiosity, a strong desire to fix a problem that you see in the world, and the determination to see your ideas become reality--and this book, which will teach you everything you need to go from zero to inventor.Everyone wants to be the next Bill Gates or Steve Jobs, but there's never been a clear road map to becoming a wildly successful innovator--until now. In The Total Inventor's Manual, you'll learn to . . . MAKE ONE Get that great idea out of your brain and into the real world with a crash course in ideation, prototyping, and testing. Includes clever, can-do lessons in CAD, 3D-printing, laser-cutting, electronics, robotics, coding, and more. SELL ONE Whether you're riding the Kickstarter wave or hitting the venture capital beat, get your idea funded--and protect it with a proper patent. Then learn to refine your prototype's look and feel to give it a boost in the market. MAKE MANY Bring your invention to the masses with tips on manufacturing processes and best practices, plus solid advice for beginners on running a supply chain. SELL MANY You've built it--time to make them come. Discover how to effectively position your product in the marketplace, deal with consumer feedback, and run--or sell--your newly successful company. With profiles by Rachel Nuwer on the winning inventors who brought you the . . .
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Discover why being a "fast second" is often more financially rewarding than being at the cutting edge.
If you get there first, you'll lead the pack, right? Not necessarily The skill-sets of most established companies, say strategy experts Constantinos Markides and Paul Geroski, are far better suited to scaling up newly created markets pioneered by others (in other words, being "fast seconds") than to creating these markets from scratch. In Fast Second, they explore the characteristics of new markets, describe the skills needed to create and compete in them, and show how these skills match up with different types of companies. Drawing on examples of successful fast-second firms such as Microsoft, Amazon, Canon, JVC, Heinz, and many others, they illustrate how to determine which new markets have the potential to be successful and how to move into them before the competition does, when to make a move into a new market, how to scale up a market, where to position a company in the market, and whether to be a colonizer or a consolidator.
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Why do so many world-changing insights come from people with little or no related experience? Charles Darwin was a geologist when he proposed the theory of evolution. And it was an astronomer who finally explained what happened to the dinosaurs.Frans Johansson's The Medici Effect shows how breakthrough ideas most often occur when we bring concepts from one field into a new, unfamiliar territory, and offers examples how we can turn the ideas we discover into path-breaking innovations.
This book focuses on todays attempts to reshape the federal healthcare system. The major strength of the text lies in its use of examples that show how process redesign and the integration of enabling technologies lead to performance improvement and cost reduction. The contributors draw upon their knowledge and experience of the federal healthcare industry. Rather than intending to provide readers with the correct answers the authors map out the various new approaches.
A step-by-step approach to applying high-impact innovation principles in any organization
Innovation is an important force in creating and sustaining organizational growth. Effective innovation can mean the difference between leading with a particular product, process, or service--and simply following the pack. Innovation transforms mediocre companies into world leaders and ordinary organizations into stimulating environments for employees.
Applying Innovation combines the key ingredients from areas including innovation management, strategic planning, performance measurement, creativity, project portfolio management, performance appraisal, knowledge management, and teams to offer an easily applied recipe for enterprise growth. Authors David O'Sullivan and Lawrence Dooley map out the main concepts of the innovation process into a clear, understandable framework--the innovation funnel.
Unlike other texts for this course, Applying Innovation goes beyond methodologies and checklists to offer an invaluable step-by-step approach to actually applying high-impact innovation in any organization using a knowledge management systems, whether for a boutique firm or one comprised of thousands of individuals.
- Adopts a practical approach to overseeing innovation that focuses on useful tools and techniques rather than on theory and methodologies
- Offers student activities within the text for immediate application of key concepts, reinforcing retention and comprehension
- Teaches students to build and apply effective innovation management systems for any organization successfully, regardless of the firm's size or structure
Applying Innovation is designed for undergraduate and graduate courses such as Innovation Management, Project Management, Strategic Planning, and Performance Management in fields of business, science, and engineering. This book appeals to instructors who want to reduce the "chalk and talk" and increase the hands-on practicality of their courses in innovation management.