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IdeaScale Nation is a podcast that features guest speakers who are leading innovation programs, tracking trends, exploring or inventing new technology and more.
Jun 17, 2020
Royal Australian Navy: Challenging the Status Quo of Innovation
The Royal Australian Navy consists of nearly 50 commissioned vessels and over 16,000 personnel. They are one of the largest and most sophisticated naval forces in the Pacific region, with a significant presence in the Indian Ocean and worldwide operations in support of military campaigns and peacekeeping missions. Lieutenant Commander Delo is the innovation engagements manager for the Royal Australian Navy where he has implemented networks and processes to assist intrapreneurial activity across Navy and other major groups in Defence. He has played key roles in the development of a variety of innovation programs such as new people management regimes, developing a leadership academy, and a culture development program. Delo discusses how innovation is encouraged in the naval hierarchy.
May 20, 2020
Western Power: Solutions Are Great, but We Need Principles to Keep People Safe
Western Power is a Western Australian State Government owned corporation. Their vision is "to deliver on the changing energy needs of Western Australians, powered by community trust and the passion of our people." As an electric utility company, they are not expected to innovate much as they have not much demand to do so. However, Brendon McAtee discusses the complex innovation processes that Western Power has to improve efficiency and save time and money.
Apr 15, 2020
Credit Union of Colorado: Innovation is Everyone's Responsibility
The Credit Union of Colorado used to be known as State Employees Colorado State Employees Credit Union was founded in 1934. Today, more than 130,000 people, from all walks of life, enjoy the benefits of membership in a credit union that is worth over $1.53 billion in assets. With over 80 years of experience, Credit Union of Colorado continues to innovate to keep up with the rapid changes in the financial industry. Kelly Wagner, the director of innovation, talks about her experiences and how the Credit Union of Colorado continues to innovate and compete with larger financial institutions.
Mar 18, 2020
JR Simplot: Innovation Is a Process of Discovery
The J.R. Simplot Company was started by J.R. Simplot in 1929 and later grew into giant agribusiness company. The company vertically integrated all of its processes; this allows it to control all aspects of the process from production to distribution. The innovation team at JR is in the process of completely reforming conservative company culture allowing their employees to be more innovative. Aaron Lewis and Tim Peterson believe that innovation is what helps departments overcome silos and change the company for the better.
Feb 19, 2020
Cleveland Cavaliers: Building a Better Mousetrap
In the NBA, the Cleveland Cavaliers were major contenders for the championship between 2014 and 2019. Even after Lebron James left for the Lakers in 2018, the Cavs are still a major leader in innovation. They have an innovation team known as the "Mousetrap" team that is dedicated to finding new ideas and improving the current processes for the Cavs. Jack Carmichael, Andy Olsson, and Aria Mirabile teach us on how the Cavs utilize their mousetrap team to gain new ideas and implement them. Their main differentiator is that they do roadshows to educate people on innovation and acquire new ideas to work on.
Jan 22, 2020
NASA: Sometimes the Innovative Solution to Your Problem Already Exists. You Just Need to Find It!
NASA, one of the biggest leaders in innovation, discusses how they allow their 20000 participants in their crowdsourced innovation program, NASA @ work, helps people save millions of dollars and time by communicating across different departments potentially in different timezones. Carissa Callina, Ryon Stewart, and Jeff Doi in this podcast teach us how they get and keep their community involved, how they move the process along, and the kinds of incentives they give out as rewards that aren't monetary. The innovation team helps NASA completely transform, as how the organization did things ten years ago is completely different from how NASA @ work is run today. According to Stewart and others at NASA, innovation is "1% inspiration, 99% perspiration".
Dec 18, 2019
The United Way: Innovation Isn't About Being the Most Creative Person in the Room
The United Way is a nonprofit organization that works with over 1,200 local United Way offices throughout the country. It’s a coalition of community-based and community-led solutions that focus in three key areas: education, financial stability and health. United Way is committed to innovation in really concrete ways: they have a social innovation center, a social innovation accelerator, coaching and mentoring programs for leaders across the country, and United Way was added to the Fast Company’s list of most innovative companies for 2019. Edwin Goutier is the VP of Innovation for the United Way and he's responsible for inspiring and coordinating efforts across their global network. In this episode, Edwin teaches us about what lessons a Vice President of Innovation learns along the way. For example, innovation is not about just being the most creative person in the room. According to Edwin, the best innovators are those that also have an understanding of their business and how these ideas can be implemented to that business.
Nov 20, 2019
Zoe Szajnfarber: How to Make a Challenge Prizable
GW Professor Zoe Szajnfarber's research group seeks to understand the fundamental dynamics of innovation in the government space and defense activities, as a basis for decision making. Current projects include mapping the innovation ecosystem at NASA, ESA and the DoD, modeling the interactions between organizational and technical systems architecture over time, and valuing alternative technology investment strategies and their impact on individual preference structures. In this interview she talks about how crowdsourcing challenges can bring value and how to identify that value based on the type of problem you want to solve.
Oct 23, 2019
Spotless: Process Is What Makes Innovation Repeatable
This week we’ve invited Bridie Scott, the Innovation Manager at Spotless to tell us about how they think about innovation culture. We'll be falling her journey from beginning to end - first as a swim instructor, later into compliance, and find out how it all supports her roll at Spotless, which is one of the premier Australian companies. Spotless is the largest integrated facilities management services provider in Australia and New Zealand. They have a team of more than 36,000 exceptional people and over 1,000 clients in defence; education; government; healthcare and beyond. The services they provide comprise a huge variety of offerings: from facility management, catering, and hospitality to security, electronic, and sustainability solutions and more. Learn how you nurture creative thinking and empower intrapreneurs to drive change at a large-scale company like Spotless.
Sep 25, 2019
Clorox: The Value Comes From Doing
In this conversation about optimism, curiosity, resilience, data and action, we speak to Navin Kunde. Dr. Navin Kunde currently leads the Open Innovation group at The Clorox Company, a US-based consumer goods company in the Fortune 500. The Open Innovation group enables business leaders and innovation teams to make better decisions by helping them access and synthesize data, learn from external experts, and build partnerships. Navin has delivered over 500 speaking engagements and workshop presentations to senior executives and their staff across North America, Asia-Pacific, and Europe. Before joining Clorox, Navin spent seven years at The Corporate Executive Board in Washington DC, advising Global 1000 innovation and operations executives. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and two daughters and has been known to have some of his best inspiration while thinking in a park outside even if he's being interrupted by wild turkeys.
Aug 21, 2019
Orange IoT Studios: All the Data in the History of the World
The cost of technology has dropped so drastically that new information gathering and processing possibilities have led us to the Internet of Things. Mike Vladimer, Co-Founder of Orange’s IoT Studio, talks about the data revolution and how IoT data and personalization can be harnessed to provide real value to humans and how one achieves this goal at Orange's IoT Studio.
Jul 23, 2019
Food and Drug Administration: How to Build a System for Launching Innovation Challenges
Listen to the FDA's journey as they transform their workplace with the help of their employees by launching 26+ challenges. They've addressed diverse subject matter; from communications, to professional development, to strategy direction, and beyond. Featuring Mark Ascione and Kimberly Taylor of the Food and Drug Administration.
Jun 26, 2019
EmbraerX: My Job Is Disruption
In this conversation with Peter Berger, Director of Innovation at EmbraerX, we explore not just the future of urban mobility, we also learn how you build up an innovation discipline, how you organize a team, and how you track trends and concepts for technology that might not even exist yet.
May 21, 2019
Lake Trust Credit Union: Progress Is the Constant Replacing of the Best There Is With Something Even Better
Lake Trust Credit Union realized that solving key financial challenges required the participation of their staff (and someday over 100 thousand of their members). Learn how they embedded innovation training as part of their employee development and how they're using this feedback to redefine their institution's purpose. Featuring Blake Woods, Innovation Catalyst at Lake Trust Credit Union.
Apr 18, 2019
Queensland Police: Innovating in a Hierarchical Environment
In the first episode of IdeaScale Nation, we interview Kelly McAuliffe and Charmaine Meiklejohn of the Queensland Police who are running an innovation program that connects their workforce of 15,000 frontline officers to the department's leadership and their strategic initiatives. The ideas from the frontline are informing solutions, but also changing culture. Find out the best practices associated with innovating in a hierarchical environment and how employee engagement can be transformational.