I just finished reading The Innovative University: Changing the DNA of Higher Education from the Inside Out, written by Clayton Christensen and Henry Eyring (2011). Christensen is the noted expert on innovation from Harvard Business School. The basic premise of the book is that higher institutions education in the U.S. have attempted to emulate the model of Harvard, with several distinctive and very expensive features. Colleges and universities have developed cost models that are unsustainable and most need to re-evaluate their practice and consider adoption of new models in order to be… Read More
As telecommuting has become a fixture in many workplaces, some have started to look for alternatives. There’s a yearning for somewhat regular face-to-face interaction and a need for spaces that foster creativity and idea sharing. Traditionally, such sharing has been spawned through chance encounters at the “water cooler,” talking in the hall, or talking in the breakroom.
I just read this article in the New York Times, which describes the design of products that are friendly for older adults, but also appealing to younger consumers. The article mentions that products such as exaggerated large button phones aren’t appealing to many older adults or younger people. It’s nice to see that business needs are driving product developers to design products that are friendly to this population.