The Most Innovative Ideas of 2009
Every year, it's fun to check out the Year in Ideas from The New York Times and think about how these breakthrough ideas can be applied to businesses, both established and new. These are the five ideas that I'm keeping an eye out for in 2010:
(1) The Google Search Algorithm as an Evolutionary Model for Competitive Networks - Google's PageRank algorithm has already been used to model ecosystems in the natural world, and now it's being used to model everything from financial markets to metabolic systems.
(2) Brooklyn's Kickstarter as a new business model for aspiring creatives
(3) The Real-Time Web
(4) The "Good Enough" Revolution - Technology companies are finding that consumers value ease of use, continuous availability and low price more than they value new whiz-bang features and technical sophistication
(5) Mashups of creative works in the public domain - Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, need I say more?
Will be interesting to see how these ideas play out over the next 12 months!
[image: The Google Algorithm as Extinction Model]
There's a growing understanding that drawing is much more than an art form: it's a powerful tool for learning.
- We often think of drawing as something that takes innate talent, but this kind of thinking stems from our misclassification of drawing as, primarily, an art form rather than a tool for learning.
- Researchers, teachers, and artists are starting to see how drawing can positively impact a wide variety of skills and disciplines.
- Drawing is not an innate gift; rather, it can be taught and developed. Doing so helps people to perceive the world more accurately, remember facts better, and understand their world from a new perspective.
It may be simpler than we thought.
- An analysis of a massive amount of data reveals four new personality types.
- The study is the first to take self-reporting out of the equation.
- The four new types are "average," "reserved," "self-centered," and "role model".
Despite its prominence in our collective imagination, variations in metabolism play a minor role in obesity.
- Vox senior health correspondent Julia Belluz spent a day inside of a metabolic chamber at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center.
- Her 90 minutes on stationary cycle only burned 405 calories, just 17% of the day's total calories.
- Resting metabolism uses up the bulk of the body's energy.
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