Daily Pick: 10 Human and digital components of innovation

As businesses and organizations head towards a digital era, their human shortcomings and technology oriented developments raise critical questions with regards to innovation strategies. The space for sharing and providing knowledge management services is increasing together with the opportunities of challenging existing business models. Our human fundamentals, including our ability to ask ourselves the right questions, need to find the right place to generate outstanding ideas which could now be more easily funded by the crowd.

#1 Heading towards digital

“To digitise the European Industry quickly we must have «facilities to experiment with, and test digital innovation”. Both RTOs and universities can contribute here. The RTOs’ mission is to support the industry in the area of research and innovation, while the universities create new methods of teaching. Therefore, both can contribute to accelerate the transfer and application of “digital” knowledge.”

Read more: “One step forward for digitising European Industry“, Ernst Herlof Kristiansen, EU Startups

#2 Our incomplete languages

Writing, Mr Fischer points out, has extraordinary power, greatest of all in modern literate societies. A written language influences its spoken version just as much as the other way around. But writing is also an imperfect way of capturing speech: not only may one letter stand for many sounds (the English a represents half a dozen) but it fails to capture stress (think of “attribute” or “desert”), pitch (“Yes?” or “Yes!”) and tone.

Read more: “And the word is God“, The Economist

#3 Identified IoT champions

During the last few weeks, we took a close look at about 150 European companies that are working on innovations in the Internet of Things space – including IoT platforms and smart devices. During our sourcing and review process we exclusively focused on startups which were founded between 2014 and 2016. 

Read more: “Europe’s hottest IoT startups in 2016“, Thomas Ohr, EU Startups

#4 Supplying Knowledge Management

One of the reasons that supply-side knowledge management is so prevalent is that it has methodologies devoted to it, if not so much in name, then in practice. Supply-side knowledge management is well-suited to the practices of academic inquiry and information dissemination, and as a result the idea that knowledge must come from an authoritative source at the top to be shared down the ladder naturally has a strong grip within organizations. 

Read more : “Next Gen Knowledge Management : Supply-side vs. Demand-side“, Caitlin Zucla, Business 2 Community

#5 New sectors for Uber-like business models

Mais qu’il s’agisse de la santé, des aides à la personne, des services aux entreprises, du tourisme ou du droit, les opportunités de métiers à “ubériser” restent considérables. Voici les plus prometteuses, avec quelques pistes à suivre à l’étranger.

Read more: “Les secteurs où l’ubérisation offre de nouvelles opportunités de business“, Zeliha Chaffin, Capital

#6 Human fundamentals

Content curation is a fundamentally human process. At the center of it all is the curator – you – hand-selecting which content to share, determining the organizational method that will increase accessibility and usability, and adding context and insight that will aid your audience in gaining a deeper understanding of the content.

Read more: “The Definitive Guide to Content Curation“, Pawan Deshpande, Curata

#7 Outstanding with ideas

L’une veut troquer l’électricité contre la bioluminescence des animaux marins. L’autre, fournir de l’énergie aux plus démunis grâce à des micros centrales autonomes et écologiques. La dernière, faciliter la vie des étudiants grâce à un simple texto. Trois jeunes femmes, et autant d’idées simples, évidentes et ingénieuses qu’elles ont été les seules à avoir pour créer le monde du futur.

Read more: “Start-up: Les trois Françaises qui feront la différence selon le MIT“, Lucille Quillet, Madame Le Figaro

#8 Core innovation questions to ask

#9 A new era for crowd funding


From that Monday, entrepreneurs can raise money by selling pieces of their companies to anyone with the cash and the interest. Before this rule change, entrepreneurs could only raise funds with equity crowdfunding from accredited investors, or those investors who meet certain thresholds of wealth.

Read more: “Which Entrepreneurs Will Benefit From the New Era of Crowdfunding?“, Catherine Clifford, Entrepreneur

#10 Formulating the right questions


But while three-quarters of those surveyed said they believe college had sharpened their skills at finding and evaluating information, only about one-quarter thought their college experience had taught them how to frame their own questions.

Read more: “Why graduates lack the skill they need most“, Peter Kelley, World Economic Forum

And you, how do you handle the human and digital components of innovation?

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