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4/12/16 - Open Innovation, Business of Play

Host Dave Robertson first welcomes back Bill Nottingham, Principal at the innovation firm Nottingham Spirk, who is attending the Marcus Evan Open Innovation Conference in Philadelphia. From designing new products to finding new market segments, they discuss open innovation and learn how big businesses can build a framework to source great ideas.

In the second half of the program Bill and Dave are joined by Brent Bushnell, CEO of Two Bit Circus, and the trio talk about the business of play. With Brent's father being the man behind Chuck E. Cheese and Pong, the Bushnell name is one that is associated with fun.

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Category:Innovation Management -- posted at: 5:00am EST

Host Dave Robertson is joined first by Shu Hattori, author of "The McKinsey Edge: Success Principles from the World's Most Powerful Consulting Firm." With MKinsey & Company serving eight percent of the world's largest corporations, hear what strategies are used to help one of the world's most powerful consulting firms flourish.

In the second half of the show Dave's guest is Serguei Netessine, Professor of Global Technology and Innovation at INSEAD and author of "The Risk-Driven Business Model: Four Questions that will Define Your Company."

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3/29/16 - Designing Lego Toys; Disruption

Host Dave Robertson is joined first by Dave Psiaki, Senior Designer for the LEGO Group. Piece by Piece and set by set, hear the incredible process for developing and designing LEGO toys. Plus as the designer of the LEGO Ferrari F40 set, Mike explains how two brands can effectively collaborate to develop one product.

In the second half of the show Dave talks to Joshua Gans, Professor of Strategic Management at the University of Toronto and author of "The Disruption Dilemma," who explains how companies can successfully manage the different types of disruption.

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Dave first talks to Nathan Eagle, co-founder and CEO of Jana, the largest provider of free unrestricted internet access in emerging markets.  They discuss how Nathan's experiences in Kenya led to the development of a service that can provide free internet access.

Dave's second guest is  Dr. Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks, professor of Management and Organizations at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, who explains his theory of Social Identity, and how diverse ideas can be encouraged in business teams.

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Reinventing the education system.

Host Rahul Kapoor is joined by Bobbi Kushan, Executive Director of Academic Innovation and Senior Fellow in Education at the University of Pennsylvania. How is technology changing out approach to education? Plus, from higher education to primary school hear how entrepreneurs think about disrupting a student's approach to learning.

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3/2/16 - Lion Brothers and Hippie Inc.

Host Dave Robertson first welcomes Suzy Ganz, the CEO of Lion Brothers, a business that dates back to the 1800's that has certainly earned its badge of honor as a company that can withstand the test of time. Suzy talks about how a business can embrace new ideas and technology to stay relevant over many years.

In the second half of the show Dave's guest is Michael Klassen, Marketing Professor at the University of Northern Iowa and author of "Hippie Inc.: The Misunderstood Subculture That Changed the Way We Live and Generated Billions of Dollars in the Process."

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Category:Innovation Management -- posted at: 5:00am EST

2/16/16 - Christian Gansch and Daniel Levitin

Host Dave Robertson focuses on music in this show that aired the day after the Grammy Awards were presented. His first guest is Christian Gansch, a Grammy Award-winner and international conductor, producer and consultant. He is the author of the book "From Solo to Symphony: What Businesses can Learn From Orchestras."

Dave's second guest is Daniel Levitin, Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience at McGill University, who wrote the books "This is Your Brain on Music" and "The Organized Mind." Levity is a former session musician and record producer. He talks about using music to evoke emotion and stir creativity.


2/9/16 - Diverse Workforces, and a "Fish Cannon"

Host Dave Robertson first welcomes David Livermore, author of "Driven By Difference: How Great Companies Fuel Innovation Through Diversity". He explains what he feels is a diverse workforce and what some of the challenges are in creating diverse teams.

In the second half of the show Dave's guest is Vincent Bryan III, CEO of Whooshh Innovations, who explains how his team has developed a fish cannon that helps them navigate through natural barriers like waterfalls and dams.


2/2/16 - Live Events, Product Development

With Super Bowl 50 approaching on Sunday, Feb. 5, host Dave Robertson first goes backstage to see what it takes to put together a live event that captures audiences from around the world. He talks to Adam Davis, Chief Creative Officer of Tait Towers, about his work on stage design, architecture and scenery for some of music's top talents.

In the second half of the program Dave speaks with father and son team John and Bill Nottingham, of the firm Nottingham Spirk about the development of billion dollar ideas. Whether it's improving the Swiffer or packaging for mouthwash, Nottingham Spirk are the minds behind some of the products we use every day.

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Category:Innovation Management -- posted at: 6:58am EST

1/26/16 - Books: Eureka Factor, Deep Smarts

Host Dave Robertson's first guest is John Kounios, Professor of Psychology and Director of Drexel University's Doctoral program in Applied Cognitive. He is Co-Author of "The Eureka Factor: Aha Moments, Creative Insight, and the Brain," and he talks to Dave about how our brain responds to moments of brilliance.

Dave's second guest is Dorothy Leonard, Harvard Professor of Business Administration and author of "Deep Smarts: How to Cultivate and Transfer Enduring Business Wisdom." She explains how the critical knowledge that your employees develop through their experience does not have to leave when your employees decide to retire.

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Category:Innovation Management -- posted at: 5:00am EST