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Ramon is curious & enthusiastic, he travels the world as speaker on innovation & ideaDJ.

He's now writing his next book on 'cross industry innovation: the lessons from other sectors'. Check it out!

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Kiddie ArtsA great idea and perfect execution. The Dutch Artist Telmo Pieper decided to make his childhood drawings come alive via photoshop.Great design inspiration.”These are digitally painted creatures and stuff based on my own childhood drawings. I designed these creatures at the age of 4 and now reincarnated them with digital painting" - Telmo Pieper

Kiddie Arts

A great idea and perfect execution. The Dutch Artist Telmo Pieper decided to make his childhood drawings come alive via photoshop.

Great design inspiration.

These are digitally painted creatures and stuff based on my own childhood drawings. I designed these creatures at the age of 4 and now reincarnated them with digital painting" - Telmo Pieper

Posted on Wednesday, July 16th 2014

Shoot for the moon: lessons from NASAOver the past 50 years, the government space agency has built an awful lot of stuff for, well, space. But with its $17 billion annual budget, it has also done quite a bit of research and development in other areas, and even its space gear managed to influence so many other things down here on earth.
The liquid cooled space clothing worn by lunar astronauts in the ’70s has been adapted to help burn-victims. In the ’80s, the agency helped develop a lightweight breathing system for firefighters. And more recently, biologists modified the star-tracking algorithms used by the Hubble Telescope to track fish and polar bears. “The list goes on and on, but not many people know about it,” says Daniel Lockney, Technology Transfer Program Executive with NASA’s Office of the Chief Technologist.Check out a great small WIRED quiz here: NASA Mircales & Myths

Shoot for the moon: lessons from NASA

Over the past 50 years, the government space agency has built an awful lot of stuff for, well, space. But with its $17 billion annual budget, it has also done quite a bit of research and development in other areas, and even its space gear managed to influence so many other things down here on earth.


The liquid cooled space clothing worn by lunar astronauts in the ’70s has been adapted to help burn-victims. In the ’80s, the agency helped develop a lightweight breathing system for firefighters. And more recently, biologists modified the star-tracking algorithms used by the Hubble Telescope to track fish and polar bears. “The list goes on and on, but not many people know about it,” says Daniel Lockney, Technology Transfer Program Executive with NASA’s Office of the Chief Technologist.

Check out a great small WIRED quiz here: NASA Mircales & Myths

Posted on Wednesday, July 16th 2014

15 cool ideas and designs that make me happy (too)Another great slideshare by Marc Heleven on 15 things that make him (and me) happy!A nice overview of ‘positive alternatives’.Good stuff, really!

15 cool ideas and designs that make me happy (too)

Another great slideshare by Marc Heleven on 15 things that make him (and me) happy!

A nice overview of ‘positive alternatives’.

Good stuff, really!

Posted on Tuesday, June 10th 2014

Kids react to… technologyA great ‘view to technology’ in the video series ‘Kids react to…’.Our nostalgia is their ‘What?!’ ;-)

Kids react to… technology

A great ‘view to technology’ in the video series ‘Kids react to…’.

Our nostalgia is their ‘What?!’ ;-)

Posted on Friday, May 30th 2014

Positive Alternative: Lonely Language ExchangeVideo chats connect language students with native seniors looking for conversation.
Speaking Exchange is a service enabling Brazilian students to practise their English through video chats with US seniors in retirement homes.Speaking Exchange adds a more personal touch to online learning, enabling language students to improve their skills while also helping retirees feel more active and engaged with the world. Are there other disparate communities that could be brought together online to learn from each other? Check out the touching video.Website: www.cna.com.br/speakingexchangeSource: Springwise

Positive Alternative: Lonely Language Exchange

Video chats connect language students with native seniors looking for conversation.

Speaking Exchange is a service enabling Brazilian students to practise their English through video chats with US seniors in retirement homes.

Speaking Exchange adds a more personal touch to online learning, enabling language students to improve their skills while also helping retirees feel more active and engaged with the world. Are there other disparate communities that could be brought together online to learn from each other? Check out the touching video.

Website: www.cna.com.br/speakingexchange
Source: Springwise

Posted on Monday, May 26th 2014

Leadership lessons from Pixar (Storytelling)How to execute a 15-word strategy statement? A nice way to use storytelling for leadership execution. An example:Once upon a time there was (insert a name who exemplifies your target customer/consumer) …. . Every day he/she (insert here his/her frustration or job to be done) …. . One day we developed (insert here the product/solution and what are actually the 2-3 things we offer or not) … . Until finally (insert here the end result for the customer/consumer compared to competition) … . 

From HBR.org

Leadership lessons from Pixar (Storytelling)

How to execute a 15-word strategy statement? A nice way to use storytelling for leadership execution. An example:

Once upon a time there was (insert a name who exemplifies your target customer/consumer) …. . Every day he/she (insert here his/her frustration or job to be done) …. . One day we developed (insert here the product/solution and what are actually the 2-3 things we offer or not) … . Until finally (insert here the end result for the customer/consumer compared to competition) … . 

From HBR.org

Posted on Sunday, May 11th 2014

Travel through the eyesBeautiful movie ‘seeds’ (through Google Glass) about a son traveling through India to give his mother a special gift.Reminds me of my own travel through India.Great to be taken back, in spirit!

Travel through the eyes

Beautiful movie ‘seeds’ (through Google Glass) about a son traveling through India to give his mother a special gift.

Reminds me of my own travel through India.

Great to be taken back, in spirit!

Posted on Saturday, May 10th 2014

cross industry innovation - the lessons from other sectors
Everyone today is talking about innovation as a driving force for growth and profitability, however, incremental improvements are not enough to achieve genuine competitive advantages; radical innovation is what’s really required.
Major innovations are becoming increasingly difficult because most industries are quite mature. Today’s products, services and business models are nevertheless largely shaped by the mindset of their respective industry. 


Drawing analogies beyond the borders of one’s own industry can therefore open up interesting new perspectives and be a significant source of major innovative steps.
Analogies and transferring approaches
The term ‘cross-industry innovations’ refers to innovations that come about by applying cross- industry analogies or by transferring approaches from one industry to another. Analogies can be drawn at a variety of levels ranging from technology to business model.

There are a multitude of examples of cross- industry innovations: the new iDrive Controller from BMW is one example, it is based on the tried-and-tested technology of the joystick from the game-industry.
Concept, Combine, Create
In order to get something from another sector in the right way, one should master three things : the ability to conceptualize , the ability to combine and eventually make it fit. In short :
Concept
Combine
Create
That is what our new book: Cross Industry Innovation is all about.

cross industry innovation - the lessons from other sectors

Everyone today is talking about innovation as a driving force for growth and profitability, however, incremental improvements are not enough to achieve genuine competitive advantages; radical innovation is what’s really required.

Major innovations are becoming increasingly difficult because most industries are quite mature. Today’s products, services and business models are nevertheless largely shaped by the mindset of their respective industry. 

Drawing analogies beyond the borders of one’s own industry can therefore open up interesting new perspectives and be a significant source of major innovative steps.

Analogies and transferring approaches

The term ‘cross-industry innovations’ refers to innovations that come about by applying cross- industry analogies or by transferring approaches from one industry to another. Analogies can be drawn at a variety of levels ranging from technology to business model.

There are a multitude of examples of cross- industry innovations: the new iDrive Controller from BMW is one example, it is based on the tried-and-tested technology of the joystick from the game-industry.

Concept, Combine, Create

In order to get something from another sector in the right way, one should master three things : the ability to conceptualize , the ability to combine and eventually make it fit. In short :

  1. Concept
  2. Combine
  3. Create

That is what our new book: Cross Industry Innovation is all about.

Posted on Tuesday, May 6th 2014

This about sums up cross industry innovation:'A great idea is not an invention, it’s a discovery. Creativity is the commitment we make to the process of asking questions, combining things, finding patterns and testing concepts.’

This about sums up cross industry innovation:

'A great idea is not an invention, it’s a discovery. 

Creativity is the commitment we make to the process of asking questions, combining things, finding patterns and testing concepts.’

Posted on Tuesday, May 6th 2014