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The Courage to Belong No Place

“You are only free when you realize you belong no place—you belong every place—no place at all. The price is high. The reward is great,” Maya Angelou told Bill Moyers in a 1973 interview.   As a leader, you may find yourself toeing the line between fear and courage.  As Angelou teaches, mustering the vigor to … Continued

What Companies That Excel at Innovation Do Right

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Innovation can be challenging. You need a strategy with the right people and solutions in place to effectively drive the process. Companies that excel at innovation share common traits. Here are some of those characteristics that lead to success. Develop an innovation strategy You need an innovation strategy to achieve sustainability. It should align with … Continued

What Smart City Solutions Can Elevate the Human Experience?

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As sensors and data analysis tools drop in price, cities and towns are incorporating them into their innovation process for “smart cities,” leading to better public works, increased efficiency, and engaged citizens. Here are a few examples of projects that will lead to a smarter city. Purdue University’s Digital Farm As urban farming becomes more … Continued

5 Ways APIs Can Help Drive Digital Transformation


Advanced Programming Interfaces are the standard for creating and connecting applications. Think of them as software blocks that can be rearranged as needed to generate new value. Because of this, APIs should be a part of every innovation strategy. They allow applications, systems, and devices to communicate by sharing data. This occurs regardless of the … Continued

What We Can Learn About Government Innovation from DARPA

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The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, has already changed the course of history. DARPA was where the internet, the graphical user interface, the voice assistant, and GPS were pioneered, changing how we work, play, and live. Here’s what we can all learn from DARPA’s approach to innovation management and product design strategy. Be … Continued