Andrea Meyer

Sustainability Challenges and Solutions

The Innovation Summit held at the new Shell Technology Center in Houston last month discussed some of the difficult challenges related energy, food and water that we face today — and that are becoming ever more pressing as the world’s population grows. Shell calls this the “stress nexus” because these three areas — food, water

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Andrea Meyer

Amplifying Innovation through Collaboration

We can amplify innovation through collaboration. This theme emerged at the Innovation Summit held at the Shell Technology Center  January 9-10, 2013. Presenters such as Peter Diamandis, MD, Chairman and CEO, X PRIZE Foundation discussed how 5 billion educated people will be connected through the Internet by 2020 — that’s 3 billion more than are

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Andrea Meyer

Apparel Design with Sustainability in Mind

“75-90 percent of a product’s environmental impact is determined the product development stage,” says Kevin Myette, Director of Product and Supply Chain Sustainability at outdoor gear and clothing retailer REI (Recreational Equipment Inc.).Given that fact, it’s extremely important for product designers to have access to information about the sustainability of materials when making decisions about

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Andrea Meyer

Recap of #3DXForum in Europe

Renee Hopkins, Jill Hart, Francois Gossieaux and I had the pleasure of attending Dassault Systèmes’ 3DXForum in the US, and two weeks later it was Europe’s turn.  The forum was exciting to follow even just virtually.  Here are a few of the highlights in photos. First, the 3DSCATIA booth was running a live demo on yacht design

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Andrea Meyer

Sustainability and REI’s Kevin Myette: #3DXForum video interview

At the Dassault Systemes’ 3DEXPERIENCE Forum in Orlando, I had a chance to talk with Kevin Myette, Director of Product and Supply Chain Sustainability at outdoor gear and clothing retailer REI (Recreational Equipment Inc.) about REI’s sustainability efforts. A key part of tackling this task is to develop metrics around sustainability so that it can

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Looking forward to 3DEXPERIENCE FORUM

Next week is Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE FORUM North America, the company’s premier customer event. Al Bunshaft, Managing Director, North America, will kick off the event, which will be keynoted by Joe Pine, author of  the bestselling The Experience Economy and the new Infinite Possibility: Creating Customer Value on the Digital Frontier. Next, Bernard Charlès, Dassault Systèmes’ President

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Andrea Meyer

Ford Health System: Collaboration at the Intersections

Like Zappos’ focus on community, the Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) is working to transform Detroit through its “Live Midtown” program.  As part of the program, employees of HFHS as well as employess of the Detroit Medical Clinic and Wayne State University get financial incentives to rent or work Midtown, including a $20,000 forgivable loan

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Andrea Meyer

Zappos’ Collaborative Culture on a City Scale #BIF8

As we saw in an earlier post about Pixar, there’s value in designing a workspace to encourage “random collisions” for people to interact and share ideas. Creative agencies like TBWA\Chiat\Day have been doing that for decades. At BIF8, Zappos’ CEO Tony Hsieh is now taking that concept to a new level. Consider it sharing on steroids. After

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Andrea Meyer

Collaborative Culture of Kindness #BIF8

“In an era of change and turmoil, it’s the small gestures of compassion that have the biggest impact,” said William C. Taylor, author of Practically Radical, at BIF8. Taylor, the founding editor of Fast Company magazine, has been writing about innovation for two decades, but he sees that one of the most overlooked areas for

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Andrea Meyer

Collaborative Innovation Summit #BIF8 Highlights from #Innochat

Last week, Renee Hopkins, Jill Hart, Eli Stefanski and I attended the Business Innovation Factory’s Collaborative Innovation Summit.  Today, Renee hosted an InnoChat on Twitter as a way for people to share the great ideas they got from the summit. Renee got the discussion going with: “To me, BIF8 was all about transformation. How to transform a yourself,

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