Judson STEM Day

Ken Cooper of the Innovation Studio (center) with Juan Valentin (left) and Tanaga Boozer (right) of the United States Patent and Trademark Office presented an innovation workshop on Saturday, May 23, at Judson STEM Day, a partnership with Northeast Lakeview College, Judson ISD, and Congressman Henry Cuellar’s office. The keynote speech, "What does STEM Mean to You, San Antonio?” was presented by Armour.io CEO Jim Brazell. STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

You are invited to Innovation@Geekdom!

You are inviited to our upcoming 30 Minute Innovation workshop on Thursday May 21, 6-7pm in the back room of the Geekdom Event Centre in downtown San Antonio.

30MI (30 Minute Innovation) is a human algorithm for innovation. This workshop will help you expoit opportunites and take ideas to the bank, over and over again!

See you there!



Why You Don't Brainstorm

When it comes to meetings, brainstorming sessions can be among the most mind-numbing.

All of the negative aspects of bad meetings–hijacking by individuals, politics, group-think, and general time-wasting inefficiency can be magnified by the activity commonly called brainstorming.

We all know that brainstorming is supposed to create ideas, and that creating ideas is generally considered to be good, so brainstorming must be, in a sense, good. Right? Reality proves otherwise.

In a recent post on the Buffer blog entitled "The Psychology Behind Brainstorming: Why It Doesn’t Always Work and 4 Ways


Innovation and the M Word

“If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.”

Quotes on Twitter are popular for retweets, but I have found that these simple words written by Peter Drucker have generated much more than retweets. They also generate meaningful discussion about the "M Word," which is metrics.

Measuring innovation is tricky business, like nailing jello to the wall. There are objective inputs and outputs that can and should be measured. There are also subjective aspects, like mindset and culture, that are more difficult to quantify, but just as important.

An Innovation Lesson From the Nineties

The nineties was the decade of Super Nintendo, Michael Jordan, Nirvana, Ninja Turtles, Bill Clinton, Altavista, and AOL, but not CompuServe. CompuServe, the tech juggernaut of the 80’s had already become a memory of something that once was. How did it happen? They took their foot off the accelerator.

In an illuminating article in GeekWire entitled “The lesson of CompuServe: Never take your foot off the innovation accelerator,”  Jeff Wilkins, CompuServe CEO during the glory days, recounts the sad story.

When AOL was gaining momentum in the nineties, Wilkins felt compelled to tell the current