Innovating in a world overcrowded with ideas

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How to innovate in a world overcrowded with ideas?

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Technoport and NTNU Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management (IØT) are proud to present this innovation seminar.

Innovating in a world overcrowded with ideas

We live in a world awash with ideas. Thanks to open innovation, design thinking, crowdsourcing, and especially to digital technologies, we have easy access to an unprecedented amount of novel opportunities.

* How to make sense of this overabundance of opportunities?

* How to envision the next big thing?

* How to avoid trying everything and fall into the paradox of ideas (the more ideas we create the less we innovate)?

To succeed in an overcrowded world we need a meaningful direction. To focus our creativity and the creativity of others towards a new, shared purpose.

This seminar will show how to take the first crucial step in any innovation journey: the design of a meaningful direction. The seminar insight about the mindset, the process, and the tools you need.

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Roberto Verganti is Professor of Leadership and Innovation at the School of Management of Politecnico di Milano, where he directs the Leadin'Lab, the laboratory for LEADership, Design and Innovation. He has been a visiting scholar at the Harvard Business School twice, at the Copenhagen Business School and at the California Polytechnic University.

Roberto’s research focuses on how leaders and organizations create meaningful innovations. He explores how to nurture radically new visions, and make those visions come real. His studies lie at the intersection between leadership, design and technology management. In his research Roberto combines methodologies of in-depth analysis of cases with experimentation with pioneering firms, in a variety of industries and contexts.

Alf Steinar Sætre is a professor at the Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim. His research interests include organizational search and discovery, ambiguity in the innovation process, abduction and the process of discovery, learning and perception in innovation processes, innovation management and organizational design. He works closely with companies in several industries. Alf Steinar Sætre earned his PhD at the University of Texas at Austin, where he was a research associate at the Innovation, Creativity and Capital (IC”) institute.

Mette Roald has a curious mind, and a motto of thinking “why not?”. After traveling the world for years working with telecoms and consulting, she wanted to make Norwegian farmers see opportunities they could only dream of. She has had the pleasure of spinning out a technology company called Mimiro, heading up TINE’s Radical Innovation team, and in the past months altered thoughts on how to develop strategies based on customers. In her 4 years in TINE, has pushed the boundaries for innovation based on dairy farming.

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Siri Lill Mannes is Director of SpeakLab, a training centre for presentation skills based in Bergen, Norway. Siri´s background is 20 years in broadcast journalism. For over a decade she presented the Evening news at Norway´s main commercial tv-station, TV2. In 2000, she received the Norwegian Broadcasting Award. Prior to anchoring the news, Siri was a reporter at the foreign desk. She made TV2´s first ever foreign news story from Mogadishu, Somalia in 1992 and covered a range of events around the world. In 2010, she left tv to co-found the new company, SpeakLab. Siri now moderates debates and conferences in Norway and abroad. Topics vary from international affairs, security and defense, to oil and gas, innovation and research. In 2013, she moderated the opening of the OECD World Forum in Paris. Siri holds a Master´s degree in history from the University of Bergen. She started her career in the Norwegian military, going through officers´ school and studying Russian. In 2017, she completed the Norwegian Defense College´s Senior Executive Course (3 months).

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