Innovation Diffusion and Adoption

User Pull vs Technology Push

We are very much focused on understanding demand-pull in the work we are doing with WBCSD (World Business Council for Sustainable Development.) There are a number of models for characterizing diffusion/adoption of innovation. One potentially provocative one is Geoffrey Moore’s version of the classic technology diffusion curve. While it is applied mainly for technology innovation, it also is useful for thinking about adoption of social innovation. Continue reading “Innovation Diffusion and Adoption”

Design, Learning and Cultures of Creativity

This is a presentation I just gave in Singapore to an audience of school teachers,  principals and officers of the Ministry of Education. It is part of my continuing work in Singapore since 2002 to help Singapore embed Design Thinking in K-12 curricula both as domain subject matter for a design career path and as a pedagogical strategy for teaching all other academic subjects. Click link below to download powerpoint presentation.


Design2050 Communiqué 1.1

TO: Design Studio Masters

Design2050 is the theme that I proposed to the ICSID (International Council of Societies of Industrial Design) for their biennial World Congress to take place in Singapore in November 2009. The local organization responsible for designing and delivering the program is DesignSingapore. I am a member of their board of advisors and principal advisor to the ICSID organizing committee.

Nine Design Concept Teams around the world are being led by world reknowned Design Studio Masters. Each team has selected a “big problem”  of their choosing to redesign for broad adoption at scale by 2050. They have chosen themes ranging from mobility, cities and food production to healthcare, entertainment and joy. Participants in the studios include students and young designers paired with a professional design organization. We set up a CollectiveX group site to make the collaborative work visible to all as it progresses. Continue reading “Design2050 Communiqué 1.1”