The future of the Jewish innovation sector will need a balance of opportunities to engage and learn on both an inter-communal and intra-communal basis. by Justin Korda and Seth Cohen Albert Einstein once said, “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” His words ring especially true today, as solutions to complex challenges often demand reaching beyond the confines of any particular field or … [Read more...] about Innovation: The Fuel That Drives Our World Forward
by Lucy Bernholz and Conan Liu Introduction Every day we hear about new digital applications that make it easier to compare products, find news, animate books, and play games. We also hear from the creators of these tools that they want to do more than just build the next best shopping site; they want to do something that matters. At the same time, most organizations that serve our communities struggle to maintain working technology … [Read more...] about Innovating on Tradition: Reflections on the Jewish New Media Innovation Fund
Innovation 10: Risk Taking: What Scares the Hell Out of You? by Rebecca Sykes Innovation requires willingness to take risks. When you know what’s right yet don’t know how to proceed, first find support and safety. Then relax into redirecting, discernment, acceptance, practice, and balance. What Scares the Hell Out of You What scares the hell out of you? What I know is right. Everything I don’t know how to do. How strong are you? I … [Read more...] about Risk Taking: What Scares the Hell Out of You?
Innovation 9: Spreading New Ideas by Bill Robinson Once a new idea emerges, how does it spread? Or, from a practical perspective, how can we enhance the spread of new ideas that are deemed beneficial? Diffusion of Innovation In the 1960s, Everett M. Rogers, in Diffusion of Innovations, attempted to answer these questions. His research, based primarily on farmers, has recently been popularized by Malcolm Gladwell. However, today, … [Read more...] about Spreading New Ideas
Innovation 8: Adapting to the Innovation Zone by Joshua Yarden The innovation zone is a conceptual space, which can be constructed in the creative mind. Cognitive, affective and behavioral capacities, including adaptability, critical analysis, extrapolation, synthesis, thought leadership, and project management can be cultivated for the purpose of traversing the distance between familiar and uncharted territory. Achieving success in the … [Read more...] about Adapting to the Innovation Zone