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    Book Excerpt: Trust Will Prove Vital to Building Resilient Innovation Organizations

    2022-06-30T14:15:00Z

    In the new book 6Ps of Essential Innovation, author Michael McCathren outlines how organizaitons can build a roadmap for becoming a resilient innovation organization. For many, that begins with the people inside the organization. So how can you reimagine trust and communication inside your organization? This excerpt from McCathren’s book will help guide you. 

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    Kickstarter Enables Sustainability — With Help from its Creators

    2022-06-28T18:00:00Z

    Jon Leland, Chief Strategy Office at Kickstarter, shares how sustainability became a priority inside the company and explains how buy-in from creators on the platform has advanced sustainability. 

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    Q&A: Setting Up a New Innovation Function from Scratch

    2022-06-23T16:00:00Z

    Jim Suchara joined The Doctors Company, a $1.2 billion malpractice insurance carrier, in September 2021. We spoke with Suchara, the company’s Chief Innovation Officer, about entering a new organization to spur innovation.

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    Goodyear Executive Shares a Roadmap for Company’s Sustainability Goals

    2022-06-21T21:00:00Z

    Ellis Jones, Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer at The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, explains how the company’s Global Sustainability Team does its work and highlights how metrics have helped move progress forward inside the organization.

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    Innovating to Meet Sustainability Goals

    2022-06-18T15:42:00Z

    ESG? Agenda 2030? Whatever language your organization is using, it’s likely you’ve set goals related to sustainability. However, there may not yet be a defined team in place, or sufficient resources. Here’s what other companies are doing.

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    Mapping Three Years of Innovation Activities at TIAA

    2022-06-15T10:00:00Z

    A single slide captures three years of innovation activity at TIAA, the $40 billion financial services firm. We asked creator Howard Manzon to explain what’s on the slide; what worked; and what he might do differently in the future.

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    7 Tips for Introducing Ideas to Leadership

    2022-06-14T10:00:00Z

    “Remember that one person’s idea is another’s cost,” writes veteran entrepreneur and executive Mohan Nair. Here are his tips on how to bring new concepts and ideas forward to leadership — even in non-traditional ways. 

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    How Ag Provider Nutrien is Making Sustainability Goals Core to the Business

    2022-06-10T13:00:00Z

    Mark Thompson, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy and Sustainability Officer at multinational crop nutrient company Nutrien, shares how embedding sustainability into the core business and ethos of the company can create platforms for growth.

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    Member Spotlight: Cait Brumme, MassChallenge

    2022-06-08T14:16:00Z

    Cait Brumme is the CEO of MassChallenge, a Boston-based network that supports early-stage startups. We spoke with her about her role as CEO and the importance of prioritizing innovation at companies as part of our IL Member Spotlight series.

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    The Corporate Blueprint that Helped Make Oshkosh a Sustainability Leader

    2022-06-06T19:24:00Z

    Vehicle manufacturer Oshkosh Corp. offers a model for companies that want to understand how to set up a sustainability practice. For the third consecutive year, Oshkosh has been named to the 2021 Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI) and has been recognized as a Barron’s Top 100 Most Sustainable Companies. We talk to Chief Sustainability Officer Kevin Tubbs.

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    Three Traits that Make Sustainability Leaders Successful

    2022-06-02T11:30:00Z

    Effective sustainability requires multifaceted, open innovation, says Professor Ashley George. As President and Founder of the nonprofit Tech for Good, George shares three key traits that make business leaders successful at building a sustainable practice.

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    DuPont’s Chief Technology and Sustainability Officer Talks Metrics

    2022-05-26T08:30:00Z

    In an excerpt from the new book Innovation Accounting, authors Dan Toma and Esther Gons talk with DuPont’s Chief Technology and Sustainability Officer about the intricacies of measuring innovation progress.

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    A Simplified Guide to Web3 and the Metaverse

    2022-05-25T10:00:00Z

    Web3 and the metaverse are two concepts that catapulted out of the world of startups, venture capital, and cryptocurrency enthusiasts in 2021. Now, many larger companies are exploring potential use cases and developing strategy for both Web3 and the metaverse. So we’ve created a jargon-free guide to these two concepts, and how they may eventually be linked.

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    How Carmaker BMW is Developing Strategy for Blockchain, AI, and the Metaverse

    2022-05-16T12:00:00Z

    How do emerging technologies get evaluated, tested, and rolled out in Munich-based BMW Group? We talk to Andrew Luckow, Head of Innovation and Emerging Technologies to get the details.

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    How $1.5 Billion Materion Set Up Sustainability Governance and Reporting

    2022-05-10T10:30:00Z

    The reporting structure of Materion’s six-member sustainability team was set up with the intention of embedding sustainability into company’s strategic planning, decision-making, and core operations. We talk to Jon Newton, the Cleveland company’s Global Director of Sustainability.

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    How to Make Ethnographic Interviewing Your Superpower: 5 Tips

    2022-05-09T16:45:00Z

    Learning how to do ethnographic interviews takes a lot of practice — and time. But if you are eager to learn more about what customers say vesus what they actually do, here are five tips to help you get started, from contributing columnist Matt Mueller.

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    Beneath the Buzz: What are Venture Studios and Builders, and How Do They Work with Corporates?

    2022-05-04T17:04:00Z

    A growing number of big company leaders like the idea of hiring a firm like this to help them develop that elusive “next big thing.” But it’s a confusing landscape. There are hundreds of organizations of different shapes, sizes, and capabilities that call themselves venture studios, or say that they offer venture building capabilities. We’re trying to make sense of it….

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    At Enviva Biomass, Focusing on Four Goals to Achieve Net-Zero by 2030

    2022-05-04T11:30:00Z

    Founded in 2004, Eniva Biomass set out to create a renewable, low-carbon alternative to fossil fuels. It is now the world’s largest producer of industrial wood pellets, used to generate heat and electricity. Its goal: operating as a net-zero emissions company by 2030. We talk to Kim DuBose, Director of Commerce and Sustainability.

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    Member Spotlight: George Dunning, Canada Post

    2022-04-27T16:30:00Z

    George Dunning is Director of Innovation at Canada Post, a federally-owned Crown corporation and the primary postal service in Canada. We spoke with him about his open innovation framework, and the challenges of innovating inside a large corporation and as part of our IL Member Spotlight series.

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    The 9 Myths of Measuring Innovation

    2022-04-26T10:30:00Z

    In the new book Innovation Accounting, authors Dan Toma and Esther Gons lay out nine of the common innovation myths of measuring innovation.