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                     Innovation
                     Smoothies
                            Blending ideas
          ...
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     Repeating the same problems.

In the library world we are facing many of the same problems
everywhere. We often...
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                  Practice creativity

Recently I read a book called “Thinkertoys”... it’s is chock full of
exercise...
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What if libraries were like?


Zipcar

What if libraries were like?

YouTube

What if libraries were like?

Netflix
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             Queue, no due dates

a queue
no due dates
purchase on demand
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         Text to extend reservation,
           Zipcar pays for the gas.
Text message reminders, easy to extend rese...
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   Good Brands Report
   2009

   PSFK.com




Utility, Experimentation, Design, Community and listening

PSFK is a ...
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  “The best way to have a good idea is to
  have lots of ideas.”
  —Linus Pauling



We need to generate and try mor...
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           Creativity on a schedule

What if we set up a regular schedule of creative thinking workshops for
our sta...
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Reward success & failure

 the most creative people... have
 the greatest number of failures
 because they do the m...
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       What makes people feel OK
          about taking risks?

- assurances that less-than-ideal outcomes
would not...
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   1.What were your contributions to successful
     innovation of the organization?


   2.What were some of the new...
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A place to experiment
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libraries.mit.edu/betas



MIT Libraries Betas
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Read
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Flexibly changing course
- Flickr began as a game.



- Paypal began as a way for PDAs
to beam money to each other.
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  Subscribe




So important to read blogs from outside our own field. Some of my
favorites are here. You’ve probabl...
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  Attend




Some of the best ideas come from non-library conferences, too. One of
my favorites is GEL: Good Experi...
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   GEL: Good Experience Live

   Garret Oliver, Brewmaster of the
   Brooklyn Brewery

   http://www.gelconference....
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    Get these slides: http://bit.ly/nic-pres
    Image credits: http://bit.ly/3Zs75K | Twitter @nic221



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Innovation Smoothies

  1. 1. 1 Innovation Smoothies Blending ideas from different worlds Nicole Hennig MIT Libraries twitter.com/nic221 Welcome to Innovation Smoothies! Today I’ll talk about making creative thinking techniques a daily practice with an emphasis on blending ideas from outside the world of libraries. I drink a smoothie for breakfast every day and it blends organic fruit and leafy greens. We can blend ideas daily, too!
  2. 2. 2 Repeating the same problems. In the library world we are facing many of the same problems everywhere. We often discuss and agree on which problems we’re facing, but we don’t often seem to come up with concrete ideas for solving them.
  3. 3. 3 Practice creativity Recently I read a book called “Thinkertoys”... it’s is chock full of exercises and games that go way beyond traditional brainstorming. So we decided to use a few of these techniques for some visioning exercises with our staff.
  4. 4. 4 What if libraries were like? Zipcar What if libraries were like? YouTube What if libraries were like? Netflix
  5. 5. 5 Queue, no due dates a queue no due dates purchase on demand
  6. 6. 6 Text to extend reservation, Zipcar pays for the gas. Text message reminders, easy to extend reservation. Membership works in different cities. Delight users by not making them pay for gas or insurance.
  7. 7. 7 Good Brands Report 2009 PSFK.com Utility, Experimentation, Design, Community and listening PSFK is a trends research, innovation company.
  8. 8. 8 “The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas.” —Linus Pauling We need to generate and try more ideas on a regular basis. It’s OK if many of them “fail.”
  9. 9. 9 Creativity on a schedule What if we set up a regular schedule of creative thinking workshops for our staff? What if we agreed to make live at least 5 new services per year?
  10. 10. 10 Reward success & failure the most creative people... have the greatest number of failures because they do the most stuff http://bit.ly/2LxRZM
  11. 11. 11 What makes people feel OK about taking risks? - assurances that less-than-ideal outcomes would not negatively affect their career (49%) - clear direction and support from leadership to take risks (31%). http://bit.ly/4do4gY
  12. 12. 12 1.What were your contributions to successful innovation of the organization? 2.What were some of the new things you tried that didn’t work out? What did you learn? http://bit.ly/4CzKr You should have a list of things you tried that didn’t work out
  13. 13. 13 A place to experiment
  14. 14. 14 libraries.mit.edu/betas MIT Libraries Betas
  15. 15. 15 Read
  16. 16. 16 Flexibly changing course - Flickr began as a game. - Paypal began as a way for PDAs to beam money to each other.
  17. 17. 17 Subscribe So important to read blogs from outside our own field. Some of my favorites are here. You’ve probably heard of or watched the famous TED Talks videos, but have you watched the videos from Pop Tech? A similar conference held in Camden, Maine?
  18. 18. 18 Attend Some of the best ideas come from non-library conferences, too. One of my favorites is GEL: Good Experience Live, held in New York City for 2 days each spring. One day is field trips where you experience “good” and the next day is filled with inspiring presentations from many fields.
  19. 19. 19 GEL: Good Experience Live Garret Oliver, Brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery http://www.gelconference.com/videos/ Day 1: direct experiences - tours, seminars, workshops - all across New York City. Day 2: "theater day," when all 400-or-so attendees convene in the theater to hear over a dozen speakers present on-stage.
  20. 20. 20 Get these slides: http://bit.ly/nic-pres Image credits: http://bit.ly/3Zs75K | Twitter @nic221 So let’s go out and delight our users with new innovative services. I invite you to download my slides and follow me on Twitter @nic221. Thank you!
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