Harnessing the Power of Surprise
Breakthroughs share three common characteristics: they challenge fundamental assumptions about existing products, services, business models, or organizations; they transform existing ways of doing business by rewriting rules or revolutionizing current practices; and they apply resources in entirely new ways, whether people, knowledge, relationships, or technology.
Report on maternity clothes made in Colombia with local labor. (No seamstresses under the age of 50 need apply.)
Report on Kiva, the pioneering microfinance site, which won a 2009 INDEX award for humanitarian design.
The Innovator Next Door
Whether it's narrowly defining innovation as technology, or imposing solutions on communities, John Thackara discusses the mistakes made by large companies.