Posts tagged innovation
Posts tagged innovation
“Successful innovators ask users to embrace — or at least tolerate — new values, new skills, new behaviors, new vocabularies, new ideas, new expectations, and new aspirations. They transform their customers. Successful innovators reinvent their customers as well as their businesses. Their innovations make customers better and make better customers.”
How would this apply to journalism innovations? My first thought is civility … how might we raise the level of discourse, especially on divisive political issues?
Creating an environment that breeds innovative ideas is one of my favorite topics to discuss. It was at the heart of my master’s thesis (building an internship program like a “think tank”) — and it drives this entire blog.
I want to help foster a constantly learning, creative culture in our newsroom.
From TED: “People often credit their ideas to individual “Eureka!” moments. But Steven Johnson shows how history tells a different story. His fascinating tour takes us from the “liquid networks” of London’s coffee houses to Charles Darwin’s long, slow hunch to today’s high-velocity web.”
Especially love her emphasis on users …. and employees sharing so much information within Google.
I organized an all-day live stream from Poynter’s TEDx “The Future of Journalism” event on June 1 for our newsroom. I baked brownies … popped popcorn … and had crayons and paper at the table for creative doodling. There wasn’t exactly a stampede of participants, but the folks who did drop in throughout the day seemed thankful and inspired. And that’s what keeps me going!
… I received it as part of this week’s Innovative Leadership Conference, organized by the Virginia Cooperative Extension and the city of Roanoke. Wonderful training based on this book by the Heath brothers (one of whom is affiliated with Stanford. Proving once again … all creative roads lead to Stanford).
Let’s talk Pinterest!
Noon Thursday, July 12 , News Conference Room
Food writer (and Pinterest addict) Lindsey Nair is spearheading our Pinterest efforts across the company. Are you following our pin boards? We’ll hear tips about this exploding new social network in a discussion led Lindsey.
2 p.m. Thursday, July 26, News Conference Room
Tips and discussion led by photo editor Natalee Waters.
The highlight of Poynter’s free online course, Innovation at Work: Helping New Ideas Succeed ?
Stumbling onto Tina Seelig, executive director of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program. (And Stanford *continually* comes up in my creative quests … a definite innovation hothouse).
The most helpful maxim?
All problems are opportunities. The bigger the problem, the bigger the opportunity.
(And Seelig credits that to Vinod Khosla, a co-founder of Sun Microsystems, who said “No one will pay you to solve a non-problem,” in a video in her presentation.)
This year, as our newsroom faces a radical redesign of roanoke.com — and a new content management system — and a continually changing industry — there will be major problems. Institutional and individual resistance to new ideas and workflows and processes. The key will be viewing those problems as opportunities — and helping my colleagues do the same.
My first step will be a simple brownbag titled, “How to encourage innovation in the newsroom?” This seems like a pretty big topic to tackle in one hour, so my first question to the group might be: “When are you having the most fun in your job?,” to help folks hone in on their superpowers … and what drives their journalism. Followed by, “What is the most frustrating part of your job?” See what comes up … try to frame the problems as opportunities … and then brainstorm some solutions. Hopefully we’ll see some opportunities to innovate as individuals and as a newsroom by the end of the hour.
You can skip the entire innovation course and go straight to Seelig’s full podcast here, which was totally worth the time (especially as someone attempting to teach creativity). I found the bit called “Don’t Wait to be Anointed” the most inspirational and validating:
“When you get a job, you aren’t getting the job. You are getting the key to the building. And as soon as you are in the building, it’s up to you to figure out all of the other things you can do.”
I think this approach is exactly why I’ve flourished at The Roanoke Times — I’ve seen problems (and opportunities) for the organization and created my own jobs for the past 12 years: First in Features, seeing the need for an expanded entertainment presence (Extra Weekend) … which grew to a cheeky tabloid (Inside Out) … which eventually culminated in a jump to online editing and social media — a job (and title) which seems to change every day. I”ve managed to stay entrepreneurial in a corporate environment — and I credit my bosses and the company for letting this happen.
Watch Seelig’s brief “anointed” clip here.