Rockets, Homes & Bones: How and Why 3D Printing Will Change Everything

Are we heading for another bubble? Spend any time at all on Bloomberg or CNBC, and you’ll inevitably come across the “Real Estate Experts” discussing the current state of home prices across to U.S., and how signs may be pointing towards another bubble. You know, the same one that kicked off in 2006 and triggered an absolute financial meltdown? Yes, that kind of bubble… Now, I am not here to discuss the rising home prices, or whether you should buy or sell. What I am [...]

Focus on Purpose, Not Profit

Last year, one of the world’s leading tool brands asked me to come to train their teams on innovation. While I have a robust history of teaching innovation across a variety of industries, I am the first to admit that my knowledge of tools is a bit underwhelming. With my work and travels, I’ve just never found the time to be one of those DIY-types. Wanting to understand the tool market a little bit better before I gave my talk, I decided to spend a [...]

2019-04-08T13:31:55+00:0001 April, 2019|Consumer Experience, Design Thinking, Innovation|

SuperDisneyMagicStory ExtraMaryDocious

SuperDisneyMagicStory ExtraMaryDocious This weekend marks the return of one of the most beloved film characters of all time: Mary Poppins. Flying back onto the screen after 54 years, Mary Poppins Returns is a sequel to the 1964 Disney original Mary Poppins – a film that to this day is one of the most adored, acclaimed, and award-winning movies of all time.  It’s not very typical to see a sequel emerge a full 54 years after the original. But then again, Mary Poppins is not your [...]

Real-Life Superheroes

Real-Life Superheroes During my time at Disney, I spent a lot of hours working with the Parks team. With six worldwide resorts and a dozen unique parks between them, it’s one of the most complex systems I have ever encountered in my entire career. But while the system is complex, the mission was simple: bring fantasies to life. This was especially true after Disney’s acquisition of Marvel in 2009. With a universe full of amazing stories and characters, we were tasked with not only bringing [...]

Let’s Make Some Magic

Let’s Make Some Magic Magic, by definition, cannot be explained. It’s a sequence of events that, even when followed with a close eye, still leaves audiences mystified and mesmerized. Now, when we think of magic, we think of dark theatres, capes, and rabbits in oversized top hats. But the truth is, magic can be found nearly everywhere. Any time there is a staggering gap between what’s expected and what’s delivered – a gap so wide that it can’t be explained – you’re experiencing magic. That [...]

Thanksgiving Turkeys, Presidential Pardons, & Overcoming Barriers

Thanksgiving Turkeys, Presidential Pardons, & Overcoming Barriers “Whether you think you can or whether you think you can't, you're right.” -Henry Ford   It’s the time of year when America is prepping for the feast to end all feasts: Thanksgiving. It’s a holiday built around family and traditions. Things like cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, and of course, turkey! And while turkey sales skyrocket in November, there is one lucky bird who is guaranteed to make it through the season without ending up on the dinner [...]

Think Different

Think Different I believe everyone is creative. But unfortunately, it’s getting harder and harder to convince people that they’re creative. No matter how hard you may try, many people believe creativity is something you’re born with – that you either have it or you don’t. Why is this important? Because the world is changing unlike it ever has before. Of course, the world is always changing. But this time, it’s different. This time the changes are coming so fast, it’s nearly impossible to keep up. [...]

What’s In A Name

What's In A Name SuperCaliFragiListicExpiAliDocious. “Even though the sound of it is something quite atrocious,” the power of this extraordinary word – and words in general – cannot be underestimated Take a minute to think about the power of words. In a world built on written and verbal communication, words are the lynchpin. Take for example: "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." I don’t have to argue too hard that Neil Armstrong’s iconic phrase was significantly more impactful than: “Watch [...]

Disrupt or Die: Why Legacy Brands Continue to Go Bankrupt

The future has finally caught up with Sears, who after 132 years in business, filed for bankruptcy this week. And while many are waxing poetic about the “good old days,” when their families could be found ordering everything from toys and tools to appliances and even houses from the iconic Sears Catalog, the fact remains: as a business, Sears was doomed. After years and years of ignoring the marketplace and failing to anticipate the changing needs of their customers, it was only a matter of time [...]

2019-04-08T15:07:38+00:0019 October, 2018|Creativity, Design Thinking, Innovation|

Fireworks’ Final Kaboom!

Who hasn’t stood in awe under a glittering night sky dripping with colour and pattern, and felt transported into a state of wonder and nostalgia? Fireworks resonate deeply with people around the world as they continue to draw crowds into the tens of thousands and are looked upon with both fondness and excitement by children and adults alike. It may come as a surprise, then, to learn that fireworks could be extinct in the next decade. This is a perfect example of an industry that [...]

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