Another week and another collection of interesting ideas from around the internet.
As always, thoughts and/or comments are greatly appreciated.
- An innovation report card [The Conference Board of Canada]
Countries with the highest overall scores not only spend more on science and technology but also have policies that drive innovation supply and demand.
- Innovation: what’s your score? [McKinsey & Company: What Matters]
Can companies measure the impact of their innovation activities? Can they benchmark their performance on innovation against that of their peers? Can the long-term effects of innovation strategies be tracked systematically? Yes, yes, and yes. In fact, not only can companies objectively assess innovation; we believe they must. Only then will they know how to select the right strategies and execute them well.
- The Original Futurama: The Legacy of the 1939 World’s Fair [Popular Mechanics]
Seventy years after the closing of the 1939 New York World’s Fair, The Daily Show writer Elliott Kalan looks back at its past vision of the World of Tomorrow.
- Why private companies are more innovative [BusinessWeek: NEXT]
Do privately held companies have an edge when it comes to long-term innovation? At least some of them seem to. Recently, Al Gore—former Vice-President and Senator and now Nobel Prize-winning environmental evangelist—declared S.C. Johnson & Son one of the most sustainable companies in the world.