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Automated Systems: When It Pays to Put Those Eggs in One Basket

Digital technology has increased the speed at which the business world operates
For innovation to be a priority, you need software to help your team communicate with each other, set goals and track outcomes. Streamlining the process also means no one gets stuck beating the same dead idea over and over while your budget dwindles. Give [...] IdeaScale a try.
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Winner Announced for FEMP JUMP Call for Innovation

At the Energy Exchange 2016 earlier this month, the Department of Energy's (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) and Building Technologies Office (BTO) announced the winner of the FEMP JUMP technology challenge to identify underutilized new or recently-commercialized building technology solutions. Retrofit Originality Incorporated was selected for their high efficiency dehumidification system (HEDS) proposal, which outlined a unique, innovative, and potentially impactful technology for both the federal and private sectors.
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South Jamaica Precinct Attributes Drop in Crime to Community Policing

The 113th Precinct, historically perceived as a high-crime area, had the largest drop in overall crime in the entire city last year
The precinct, which covers South Jamaica, St. Albans and Springfield Gardens, has seen a 13 percent decrease in overall crime, on top of the 15 percent reduction in overall crime last year, according to Capt. Brian Bohannon, executive officer for the 113th Precinct... Placing foot posts in high-crime areas as a deterrent and Ideascale, an online forum allowing residents to share their ideas, complaints and suggestions, also helped, Bohannon said.
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Let’s Talk About Flood & Flood Prep!

Join DHS S&T for a Flood Resilience Facebook Town Hall July 20!
Flooding is one of the most common disasters in the United States, and regions across the country face flood risks in different ways. In 2015, more deaths and property destruction were caused by floods than any other natural disaster. To address this issue, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) developed the Flood Apex program, which seeks to apply new technologies and solutions to the risks posed by flooding—risks that confront individuals, communities, states, and regions. S&T’s aim is to help reduce deaths and property damage caused by floods, and to increase community flood resiliency.
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The empowering language of creativity

How can we talk about creativity and innovation to make it part of our business as usual? Like many things, permission to think freely starts at the top.
Empowering team members to suggest and develop creative solutions is a leadership responsibility. To some leaders it might feel like they’re handing the keys to the asylum over to the inmates, but smart leaders who foster and celebrate creativity assure long-term team and organisational viability by creating an enabling environment where new ideas flourish.
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Director’s Forum: A Blog from USPTO’s Leadership

Guest blog by Commissioner for Trademarks Mary Boney Denison
Our Trademarks Team is leading efforts to meet the continually changing intellectual property environment – by updating our IT systems, developing educational outreach programs, improving the accuracy and integrity of the trademark register, and ensuring that our trademark fees are fair and that they reflect the full cost of our services and products. It is our ongoing commitment to ensure accountability and to guarantee customer satisfaction.
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UC Berkeley announces crowdsourcing campaign to address revenue issues

UC Berkeley announced Tuesday the launch of a new crowdsourcing website intended to gather ideas on raising its revenue from the campus community. Due to its current annual budget deficit of $150 million, UC Berkeley has been seeking out innovative revenue solutions and cost-cutting measures. William Rohrer — a community engagement specialist in the Office of New Revenue Initiatives that was created about two months ago by the vice chancellor for administration and finance — spearheaded the development of the crowdsourcing site, called Ideaction, and said the students, staff, faculty and alumni of UC Berkeley had valuable ideas to offer.
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Volunteers plant new veggie garden

Organizer LeRoy Kopp, who owns a local healthy food store, says the Stackpole-Hall Foundation recently did a survey called IdeaScale that identified community gardens as a number one project for Elk County.
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5 Questions With: A Founder of IdeaScale

How do you harness the power of ideas, and let companies explore potential they may not even know exists? Enter IdeaScale.
CEO Rob Hoehn describes IdeaScale as an “innovation management platform." Organizations use the software to run crowdsourcing campaigns among employees, customers, partners and citizens to find out which ideas those groups think will help an organization evolve and stay relevant. Hoehn founded IdeaScale in 2009 with Vivek Bhaskaran.
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