IBM ThinkFridays: Time to become innovative
If you think Google's "20% Time" is a great idea for encouraging innovation and creativity, check out what IBM is doing. According to Computerworld, IBM's offices in the U.S. have instituted "ThinkFridays" as a way of stimulating out-of-the-box thinking:
"On January 1, IBM rolled out companywide "ThinkFridays," a block of Friday
afternoon time free of nonessential meetings and interruptions.
(Workers in the U.S. also try to honor ThinkFridays overseas.) IBM
programmers, who are spread across three continents, started using
ThinkFridays a year ago to research new technologies or work on papers
or patents, says Tim Donofrio, an IBM vice president. He says it's "a
mental break from the endless phone calls, e-mail and instant
messages," enabling employees to get done at least some of the work
that tends to get pushed into nights or weekends."
Sounds great - I just hope the IBM guys and girls don't spend too much time building their Second Life communities when they should be in developing innovative new products in First Life.
[image: IBM in Second Life]
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- Spinning discs are everywhere – just look at our solar system, the rings of Saturn, and all the spiral galaxies in the universe.
- Spinning discs are the result of two things: The force of gravity and a phenomenon in physics called the conservation of angular momentum.
- Gravity brings matter together; the closer the matter gets, the more it accelerates – much like an ice skater who spins faster and faster the closer their arms get to their body. Then, this spinning cloud collapses due to up and down and diagonal collisions that cancel each other out until the only motion they have in common is the spin – and voila: A flat disc.
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