I could tell you how many steps make up the streets rising like stairways, and of the degree of the arcades' curves, and what kind of zinc scales cover the roofs; but I already know this would be the same as telling you nothing. The city does not consist of this, but of relationships between the measurements of its space and the events of its past...A description of Zaira as it is today should contain all Zaira's past. -Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Killer innovations

I just go this link from Anand Chhatpar, who was a co-op in the Concept Studio for a couple of summers while he was an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin. Anand wrote: "The VP and CTO of HP, Phil McKinney, is an innovation guru and runs an insightful Podcast called Killer Innovations that you may want to check out: http://www.killerinnovations.com." His most recent podcast includes reflections on the Role of Scifi in innovation, with a focus on Philip K. Dick.

Of course Anand also sent the link to advertise himself--his compay BrainReactions was the subject of a recent podcast. BrainReactions brings together students to brainstorm on behalf of clients, bring in points of view that perhaps we oldsters (I'm not that old)! don't have. Although we work in interdisciplinary teams, and also include our customers in product development, I think it is interesting to think about being innovative in how we bring in new perspectives that force us to shift our paradigms.

By the way, am I the only one without an iPod yet?

2 comments:

Steve Portigal said...

Nope. I am podless. NoPod. Etc.

Dina Mehta said...

hey alex, steve,

me too :(

then i like Skypecasts :):):)

dina