A creative way to offer a lucky door prize

Corban & Blair came up with an innovative prize and an innovative way to offer it at the Launch of IdeaSpies Enterprise at Ashurst in Sydney yesterday. The prize was for the best designed business card. The winner was Maria Martin (on the right) for her card as a Non-Executive Director of amaysim. It was judged as being designed to be noticed – easy to read and communicated the essence of the company. The prize, a Satchel, Luggage Tag and Card Holder, was designed by Corban & Blair- with linings designed by Indigenous Artist Lucy Simpson. It was presented by Gillian Corban. https://corbanblair.com.au/

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High heels becoming unfashionable

Women are trading in their high-heeled stiletto shoes for sneakers and ballet flats. Workplaces are becoming more casual, and it’s increasingly acceptable to wear sneakers to dinner. More people are working from home, and those who do go into the office are often walking to work. Fitness trackers like the Fitbit have also made people more aware of how much they are — or should be — moving. For people counting their steps, it makes sense to wear comfortable footwear and clothing. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/business/wp/2018/03/07/high-heels-are-the-worst-and-women-are-finally-ditching-them/?

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A drug that can mimic the benefits of exercise

Not everyone can exercise. People with muscle-wasting diseases and movement disorders, the frail, the very obese and post-surgical patients are among those who face a significant challenge when it comes to exercise. This can be frustrating, considering the well-established benefits of exercise. A pill may be on the way to stimulate the body into producing some of the same effects as exercise -a drug that can help us game the system that is naturally activated during exercise.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/an-exercise-pill-may-be-in-the-future-for-those-incapable-of-working-out/2018/03/02/e8af9370-1bdb-11e8-ae5a-16e60e4605f3_story.html?

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Entrepreneurship advice specifically for people age 50+

“Workarounds” addresses the unique challenges faced by self-employed people age 50-plus. It’s written by Idea Spy Doug Freeman, who shares his lessons learned from being a solo and micro entrepreneur for over 30 years. The book also contain interview quotes from many globally recognized career and business experts. More information is at http://www.ideascapeinc.com.

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Emotionally intelligent Digital Humans

When we, as human beings interact face-to-face, it’s on the basis of both intellectual and emotional engagement. Sole Machines in New Zealand are building life-like Digital Humans which can connect with us in a human way by analyzing reactions and learning in real time. They have a virtual central nervous system so they can recognize emotional expressions then respond appropriately and interactively in real time. This allows a personalised experience at scale. Presented at the Financial Review BHP Business Summit 2018. www.soulmachines.com

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An X-ray for plants

FluroSat is a data analytics platform for farmers which combines drone and satellite imagery with algorithms to assess plant health, diagnose problems and direct fertiliser application. The easiest way to imagine it is as an X-ray for plants. When taking an X-ray you can separate tissues from bones. When you take a camera that has very high spectral resolution, you can see every wavelength of light being separated into different layers of information, just like bones and muscles.The system highlights the hot spots which are inconsistent with the rest of the field. Farmers use this map to identify where crops need more fertiliser. www.Flurosat.com

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Saving beaches by crushing beer bottles

Sand is a major ingredient of mortar, plaster, concrete, and asphalt. Businesses often collect beach sand in bulk as a result hence beaches are retreating. DB has created machines, for use in bars and restaurants, that recycle empty beer bottles. You push the container through a bottle-shaped hole, then watch as a vacuum system removes silica dust and plastic labels, leaving behind pure glass sand. Each bottle produces 200 grams of powder substitute in about five seconds. DB Export Beer Bottle Sand will be distributed for roading projects, commercial and residential construction, even golf bunkers. www.geek.com/tech/machine-crushes-beer-bottles-into-sand-to-save-new-zealand-beaches-1690917/

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A fashion brand that offers recycling

Patagonia accepts clothing back that functions perfectly and is in good condition. When you bring back your quality, used Patagonia gear they’ll give you credit that can be used in Patagonia retail stores, on WornWear.com and Patagonia.com. They accept most Patagonia garments including Men’s, Women’s, and Kids’ in both sportswear and technical styles. They also accept Patagonia luggage. https://wornwear.patagonia.com/how-it-works

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Creating an innovative culture that sparks useful ideas

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Research has shown that long term organisational success depends on developing, testing and implementing new ideas- not being satisfied with the status quo.  The increasing pace of change resulting from the digital age is putting more pressure on the need for ideas that lead to new products and services as well as ideas that improve the way we work. The easiest way to get ideas to improve your business is from your employees. They understand your business and want you to succeed, so why don’t most organisations do this well? There are three key reasons: Established organisations are focused on execution. Managers want their people to focus on what needs to be done soon rather than think about the future. Many managers believe that ideas from lower level staff are not useful, hence it’s a waste of time to ask for and consider them. There isn’t a simple process to capture and rate ideas from employees. An innovative culture- what is it? The most successful organisations have leaders who understand the value of innovation and address the above issues They encourage an innovative culture by offering positive employee experiences which results in high employee engagement The best people stay and there is a constant flow of ideas that improve the business. Innovative cultures offer jobs that promote teamwork and offer opportunities to make a contribution so talented people can learn and progress. When a culture is innovative, people are honest and open, encouraged to share ideas and able to explore initiatives without fear of failure. There is recognition that failing to try anything new is often the biggest risk. People feel more empowered and rewarded when they know that they will receive credit for ideas they suggest, their ideas will be seriously considered for testing or implementation, and rewards are both transparent and timely. For anyone thinking that innovation is a fad, 2018 will mark adoption of the world’s first global standard for innovation processes. We all have choices about how much thought and time we put into something. When our ideas and suggestions are not adequately considered we just seek to contribute elsewhere. Insync research has shown that 51% of people rate lack of job enrichment as the most important reason they leave their job. More and more people want to work in an innovative culture where work has meaning, brands have genuine value and new thinking leads to useful ideas being implemented. Purpose and passion are now the lifeblood of a successful organisation. Organisations with innovative cultures embracing new thinking are the most likely to succeed. Encouraging an innovative culture Leading tech companies have innovative cultures. However many more established organisations have hierarchical structures that make it difficult to adapt to change. Therefore they are vulnerable to disruption. To avoid disruption and encourage an innovative culture there must be leadership from the top with innovation as a key strategic focus. There needs to be a process for encouraging useful ideas that’s well understood. Some organisations have established innovation management positions that are tasked with promoting and supporting innovation across the organisation. Other suggestions to encourage an innovative culture are: including ideas from employees or innovation on committee agendas, an award for innovation, investing in an idea capture tool that gives people at all levels a voice in contributing ideas, and ensuring leaders are well trained so they are receptive to suggestions and ideas from their employees. Innovation should involve all people in an organisation, not just a select few. IdeaSpies Enterprise is a new idea capture tool that’s designed to turn the tide in your favour… naturally.

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3D printed knits that move with your body

Ministry of Supply makes 3D Print-Knit garments that move with your body because they are engineered in multiple dimensions with a pattern that takes into account your joints, plus the areas you put the most strain on during your day. As well as greater comfort, this printing process creates almost no waste, unlike the 35% that’s usually left over when using traditional fabrics and techniques. It will also last you longer. Traditional garments are most vulnerable to wear and tear at their weakest points – the seams. These knits have no seams. www.ministryofsupply.com

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