Robotic surgery demonstrated on a grape

The da Vinci Surgical System is a robotic surgical system made by the American company Intuitive Surgical. It’s designed to facilitate complex surgery using a minimally invasive approach, and is controlled by a surgeon from a console. The system is commonly used for prostatectomies, and increasingly for cardiac valve repair and gynecologic surgical procedures According to the manufacturer, the da Vinci System is called “da Vinci” in part because Leonardo da Vinci’s “study of human anatomy eventually led to the design of the first known robot in history”. https://youtu.be/KNHgeykDXFw

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A simple procedure that cures vertigo

A simple procedure that cures vertigo

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A groundbreaking solution to flood-prone slums

Dutch architectural firm Waterstudio has engineered flood-resistant City Apps, which use available space on water to convert slum dwellings into useful structures. These waterborne structures built from standard sea-freight containers with solar panels on the roof and floating foundations of recycled plastic bottles are suitable for installing and upgrading sanitation, electricity, water filtration, medical clinics, community kitchens, workshops, classrooms, housing and communication. They can quickly add essential services to adapt to cities’ changing needs and can be moved easily to where they are needed most. http://www.inkl.com/newsletters/morning-edition/news/architects-worldwide-invent-groundbreaking-waterborne-solutions-to-climate-change-part-4?slumsutm_campaign=2018-12-15&utm_medium=morning-edition&utm_source=inkl

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Idea capture tools encourage useful ideas from staff

A software tool/digital platform that’s easy to use would make it easier for your staff to contribute ideas. A recent Employee Innovation Survey asked employees what would make it easier for them to contribute ideas. The top response was 45% wanting a software tool/digital platform that’s easy to use, with lower management particularly in favour at 59% as well as organisations with 5,000 plus employees at 64%. Only 26% of employees said that their organisations offer a software tool/digital platform to contribute ideas, including 41% of organisations with 5,000 plus employees. When an innovation tool is provided, 75% of employees use it, males 81% and females 68%. David Thodey AO, Chair of CSIRO and Jobs for NSW, said “I really like the IdeaSpies Enterprise solution. I have a strong view that the best source of innovation is your staff. They know the business and how to improve it better than consultants. The issue has always been how do you provide an open forum for those ideas?” The purpose of the survey was to determine if employees have a voice in helping their organisations succeed. Innovation was defined simply in the survey as “implementation of ideas that add value”. The Employee Innovation Survey was sent to about 2,000 employees, with 18% responding and volunteering extensive comments. A full report on the results with charts and comments is now being prepared. Please contact me if you’d like to receive it and/or would like information about IdeaSpies Enterprise. Lynn Wood ph +61 418 966 625 lynn.wood@IdeaSpies.com IdeaSpies Enterprise  

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Mandatory childcare in disadvantaged areas

Parents in some parts of Denmark who do not send their children to daycare will lose family benefits. Denmark has adopted legislation making daycare mandatory for all children over the age of one in disadvantaged neighbourhoods, and parents who do not comply will lose their family allowances. This idea could be helpful in other disadvantaged communities around the world, including in indigenous areas. https://www.sbs.com.au/news/denmark-makes-childcare-mandatory-in-disadvantaged-areas

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Incentives work to encourage ideas

Young employees in particular would contribute many more ideas with incentives We recently revealed the results of an Employee Innovation Survey. The purpose of the survey was to determine if employees have a voice in helping their organisations succeed. Innovation was defined simply in the survey as “implementation of ideas that add value”. There are many employee engagement surveys but not employee innovation surveys. It’s a good sign that 73% of employees are offering ideas without an incentive to do so. Recognition of ideas is a strong motivator. It’s one thing to contribute ideas to an organisation, but it is even more important to know that you have been heard. Only 27% of organisations provide an incentive to contribute ideas; however, 58% of respondents (65% male and 53% female) said they would provide more ideas if there was an incentive to do so. Significantly, however 87% of 18-35 year-olds said they would contribute more ideas if an incentive was offered and it seems sensible that Management should encourage ideas from young people who have them. The IdeaSpies Enterprise platform provides businesses with the opportunity to encourage all employees to contribute and implement ideas that may increase productivity and staff engagement. Incentives can be part of the process. David Thodey AO, Chair of CSIRO and Jobs for NSW, said “I really like the IdeaSpies Enterprise solution. I have a strong view that the best source of innovation is your staff. They know the business and how to improve it better than consultants. The issue has always been how do you provide an open forum for those ideas?” Management needs to stop feeling comfortable about the way they do things – for example by saying ‘that’s the way we have always done things’. In organisations like this, employees who suggest new ideas can be seen as a threat. In more progressive organisations, innovation is part of the culture- a continuous process where employees are encouraged to suggest ideas. Progressive organisations are getting rid of 20th century silo thinking and need managers who have vision, imagination and drive (VID) Those who have VID are quick to see the value of ideas and proposals and have the drive to implement them. The Employee Innovation Survey was sent to about 2,000 employees, with 18% responding and volunteering extensive comments. A full report on the results with charts and comments is now being prepared. Please contact me if you’d like to receive it. Lynn Wood ph +61 418 966 625 lynn.wood@IdeaSpies.com IdeaSpies Enterprise

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Free public transport

By summer 2019 all public transport in Luxembourg will be completely free. Luxembourg has the highest car-to-person rate of any nation in the European Union:- 662 cars for every 1,000 people. Every day the population of its capital city swells five-fold due to commuters. The hope is that eliminating all fees for public trains, trams, and buses will encourage more people to use those service. Not only would that decrease personal vehicle traffic, it would also be better for the environment. A few cities in Germany are also trialing this idea. https://futurism.com/luxembourg-public-transportation-free

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A non-invasive way to diagnose and treat IBS

Gastrointestinal diseases, such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) are extremely common, affecting up to 20% of people in western countries. Symptoms include pain, bloating and altered bowel habits. It can be debilitating, embarrassing, and have a huge impact on quality of life. Current methods for diagnosing IBS typically include invasive tests, such as s colonoscopy. The Noisy Guts Project is developing an acoustic belt that records gut noises over time so doctors can accurately screen, diagnose and monitor gut disorders and diseases. Their Fitbit for the gut helps patients identify triggers and symptoms. www.marshallcentre.uwa.edu.au/research/the-noisy-guts-project

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Helping tenants to find energy efficient properties to rent

Since the energy price has increased dramatically in recent years, more and more people in Australia are keen to look for more energy efficient properties to rent. We do have organizations such as NaTHERs that certify residential properties regarding their energy efficiency level now. Nonetheless, such information is not accessible publicly. Hence, GreenRenter comes to the rescue. We aim to create a platform that allows people to locate and promote energy-efficient properties for rentals. With the platform, tenants can find a place that is good for themselves and the environment. Here is the link to our platform: https://greenrenter.com.au/.

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