A couple of themes emerged from innovation land this week: how to design the spaces in which we work, and how to think about innovation frontiers. In particular, a new report from the Brookings Institution called for the government to fund a water sciences innovation center—and a “regional clean economy consortia initiative,” whatever that means.
Also this week on Thought You Should See This:
Andrew Cogan, CEO of furniture maker Knoll, talks about innovation (and the evolution of design) within the workplace.
John Hagel and John Seely Brown ask what it might mean to redesign work systems to focus on the flow of people and ideas.
Author Frank Rose looks at the time it takes for new mediums to reach maturity. His new book, The Art of Immersion, describes a “new grammar of storytelling” that’s native to the internet and the networked world.
The creative co-option of everyday technology is beautifully demonstrated in the trailer for a new animation feature, Henry Waltz.
Electronic Arts bought PopCap Games for a deal that could reach $1.3 billion. Veteran investor Bill Gross confesses that the speed of change within the gaming industry has stunned him.
Two Danish authors make the case that the U.S. sucks at sustainability precisely because of its focus on innovation.
Zipcar co-founder Robin Chase outlines why carsharing might just solve the world’s transportation issues.
Napster’s Sean Parker explains why he’s so excited that music service Spotify just arrived in the United States. He also refers to the “record business,” which is adorable.
And finally, London digital design outfit the Light Surgeons created an outrageously beautiful typographic installation for the National Maritime Museum in London. Talk about an immersive experience.