Not so long ago, in the mid-2000s, many conversations in offices, schools, and even parties centered around the exciting concept of radical openness made possible by then-new social media. But now, as the 2010s are in full swing and social media are established, dominant platforms, how can we--as designers, strategists, organizations, consumers, and individuals--best harness the widespread acceptance of radical openness? The recent TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh, Scotland, offered a fascinating and widely varied lineup of speakers who, collectively, helped to answer this question. Or at least will help propel the discussion forward, long after the conference ended on June 29.
Even a brief conversation with Navi Radjou, a co-author of the new book Jugaad Innovation: Think Frugal, Be Flexible, Generate Breakthrough Growth will take you all over the world in only a few minutes. He speaks in an energetic voice that's brimming with enthusiasm and his thoughts reflect vast knowledge. One moment, he'll be talking about how management lessons learned in rural diabetes clinics in Chennai, India, can be adapted by executives in sleek open-plan offices in Silicon Valley. A few seconds later, he'll discuss how everyday citizens in the favelas of Brazil who "hack" buildings and objects can inspire the C-suite in Fortune 500 companies.
Have you ever wished, when reading a thought-provoking book, that you could invite the author to lunch and simply talk about his or her ideas and inspiration? This was the premise of a lunch discussion at frog’s New York studio on April 3, when we invited Navi Radjou, an independent innovation strategist and World Economic Forum faculty member, and Simone Ahuja, a Harvard Business Review blogger and advisor to Fortune 100 companies, to talk about their new book Jugaad Innovation: Think Frugal, Be Flexible, Generate Breakthrough Growth.