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May242012

How Much "Innovation" Is REALLY Going On ?

The introduction of something NEW, now there's a novel idea. When I read the WSJ article by Leslie Kwoh, "You Call That Innovation ? Companies Love to Say They Innovate, But the Term Has Begun to Lose Meaning"; it struck a cord. As she says, "innovation is in danger of becoming a cliche', if it isn't one already." Her article made me think because a successfull Linkedin Group I created and manage is titled, "Fitness and Wellness Innovation"; Now I'm considering a name change.

Innovation, based in the Latin term innovatus, meaning renewal or change, has become divorced from its essence in many of today's popular organizational pursuits. Many leaders use the term to describe activities which are hardly innovative at all. I know of one CEO in particular who has used the term incessantly during talks over the past two years while their organization hardly innovated anything at all; it's embarrassing. Why ?

The efforts of many in industries and organizations have more to do with self preservation than addressing a future that isn't kind to past abilities or thinking. I guess if people say the term innovation enough they might believe they're actually innovating. While any change could be technically termed innovation, the reality is that real innovation is much more - its disruptive and disruption is rarely born from parents of the status quo. Why is this important ? Industries are changing and very quickly, so if you're not on top of that change you are likely going to become extinct. Don't believe me ? Check this out.

Like many, the fitness and wellness industries reflect a culture steeped in protecting the past. As I wrote in an article in 2011, How Does The Fitness Industry Change Its Mindset ? , :

...while the fitness and wellness industry has grown over the past quarter century, obesity and health quality in the developed world have not improved.  Many argue they've gotten worse. The fitness industry still serves about 15% of the adult population while failing to broaden its appeal to the not yet fit. Something is broken because things have not improved and I fear the industry is failing to reach its promise and as a result, things need to change - but how ?

Innovation; as Vijay Govindarajan, Professor at the Tucks School of Business at Dartmouth and co-author of 10 Rules for Strategic Innovators , is about 2 major things. First, leaders must accept things ARE changing and figure out how to adapt accordingly. Second, leaders must understand change is NOT a technical problem its a MINDSET problem. Therefore to enable a business or even an industry to adapt one must introduce NEW mindsets.

Dr. Govindarajan is right and the problem for leaders in any industry when it comes to "Innovation" is that it is often white wash because really innovating means people at the top might have to admit they don't know the answer and even that they might be or have been WRONG. As Kwoh points out when quoting Harvard professor and author Clayton Christensen,

"Most companies say they're innovative in the hope they can somehow con investors into thinking there is growth when there isn't." WOW, but SO true.

If the fitness, health club and wellness industries and organizations participating within these industries want to innovate, they must do 2 things: admit things are REALLY changing and accept enduring the change requires changing their MINDSETS. That requires opening the door to new voices and new leadership.

So the next time you hear someone use the term "Innovate" listen up and question if it is really innovation at all. Are you being "conned" as Christensen says, or are they part of a new order of things ?

What do you think about the term innovation ? Please share your thoughts with me, Bryan O'Rourke and thanks for reading the post.

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Bryan O’Rourke is a health club industry expert, technologist, financier, and shareholder and executive in several fitness companies. He consults with global brands, serves as a member of the GGFA Think Tank is Chair of the Medical Fitness Association’s Education Committee, is President of the Fitness Industry Technology Council and a partner in Fitmarc, Integerus, Fitsomo and the Flywheel Group. To learn more contact Bryan here today .

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Bryan, Thank you for a great view on innovation. Indeed the fitness industry is open to innovation when it comes to new products but far more hesitant when it comes to actual 'disruption'. Changing your mindset is very difficult, especially when the 'old' business models are challenged. Luckily there are several brave and visionary people within the industry and change is about to come. In the end it is not about whether you accept it but how you will deal with the new reality.

May 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRob Does

Hi Bryan,

I agree with your assessment that innovation is sadly lacking in our industry specifically, and that the term “innovation” is overused in business circles generally.

You mentioned “Disruptive Innovation” a term coined by Clayton Christensen… in my experience our industry, with few exceptions, is more invested in “Incremental Innovation” introducing the latest group exercise class (think Zumba), buying the new range of exercise equipment, acquiring the new training aide (think TRX, kettle bells, etc), or investing in the latest nutrition supplements.

Owners and managers think they are actually innovating by relying on the innovations of third party suppliers… hell, I think many owners and managers think they are innovating by putting on a new coat of paint.

What they fail to realize is that incremental innovation is simply the cost of doing business… it is necessary but not sufficient.

I wrote a post on my Blog recently (http://accessfit.typepad.com/) about how the club industry typically responds to boot camps (a disruptive innovation) by creating a boot camp class… and misses the point (and the opportunity to innovate) completely.

May 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKym Wimbis

whats going on, to many people, payed high wages, to talk about crap,. High payed dead wood, the world is full of them. Now watch the world fall apart. Hold on tight workers, as the shit tries to stick on your back.

July 17, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterme

All large companies claim they innovate and many actually have people trying to do so. Nevertheless large structures are inherently inimical to innovation because it is disruptive and few innovation groups are granted real self control and resources to attempt to affect transverse change both in mindset, organization or product/service. Disruptive people are always kept firmly under control. Innovators are seen as wildcards and threats and sometimes treated as irresponsible because they do not subscribe to group think. They are often frustrated by being tied to day to day operations and cannot devote time to develop their ideas. It takes an enlightened CEO indeed to search out people with different views and ideas outside of the normal hierarchical communications, allow real innovation to build prototypes and try them, to elicit ideas from the young and new with a fresh outlook, and provide them a support infrastructure to test out concepts and develop proper business cases. ( which they may not have the experience to do). HP used to allow skunkworks and the use of modest amounts of company facilities and assets to try things out. I have however not heard of too many companies who do this today in the current economic environment due to budget cutbacks. However, it will be precisely the innovations produced that will kickstart our economy and benefit our companies.

July 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDr. Chris Henny

Give me cash now in these gloomy economy I will still wonder if the lady who has come in a Yahoo will take up any new venture. RIM is having very bad swing with the cash flow, Microsoft has losses, the author of Facebook will not pay tax and has gone out from where he was. and we still have Facebook comments. The Silicon valley in USA is now in Bangalore India Tell me where do I take you? I thank you Firozali A.Mulla

July 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFirozali A.Mulla DBA

However we translate the Latin, Inovation in our age indicates something new. The old proverb maybe right, "There is nothing new under the sun" We don't innovate, we merely develop. Nothing emerges in a vacuum. Everything finds its genesis in something that already exists. Makes me think we are pretty arrogant.

July 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJames davidson

To day's economy demands less health and more risk but cash always wins At times we complain to our wives where the cash is going Four hundred million more plastic bags were handed out by supermarkets last year as the campaign to reduce their use went backwards, official figures from the waste reduction body Wrap showed today. Shoppers in the UK used 7.96 billion single-use bags in 2011, a rise of 5.4 per cent on the previous year - with each person taking 10 throwaway carriers a month. Plastic bag use rose steeply across most of the UK but in Wales, which introduced a 5p charge per bag last October, it fell by 22 per cent. In England, which has ruled out a similar charge, the number of bags rose by 7.5 per cent and in Northern Ireland, where a levy will come into force next year, the spike was 8.1 per cent. There was a 0.3 per cent dip in Scotland, which launched a consultation into introducing a minimum 5p levy last week. The number of plastic bags in the UK has now increased for two years in a row, following a 4 per cent jump – the first rise in five years - to 7.56 billion in 2010.However since 2006, when publicity highlighted the damage done by discarded bags to the countryside and seas, the annual number given out by supermarkets has fallen by 35 per cent. Over the same period supermarkets have thinner bags, halving the amount of virgin polymer used in the manufacture of all carrier bags including re-usable ‘bags for life’.The British Retail Consortium said the rise was down to changing habits in grocery shopping, with hard-up families doing several small shops a week instead of one big trip, and switching from the car to public transport. Both factors meant they were less likely to take reusable bags, the organisation suggested. Friends of the Earth campaigner Julian Kirby said: “A plastic bag tax in England is long overdue to tackle this appalling waste and reduce the mess unwanted bags make in our open spaces.“But plastic bags are just the tip of the iceberg – the Government must develop a comprehensive strategy to tackle food waste, appliances that break early and the postcode lottery that means what’s recyclable in one area isn’t in another.” I agree with this as I see the plastic bottles on the streets . As the car crashes it the cap comes out and , if you are on the way, make sure you are insured as these are becoming VERY dangerous .The biggest problems is the garbage collectors care little about this . More plastic is thrown in the garbage now then any time before. To some amazement what no one knows is Although a staple of the American diet, butter came under a great deal of scrutiny when its high levels of saturated fat were associated with increased heart disease risk. Many people accepted the demise of butter in stride, ruing the loss of its savoury flavour but agreeing that its effect on the heart might be too high a price to pay. They dutifully switched to margarine, as researchers and nutritionists suggested. Then the hazards of margarine came to light. Its high levels of trans fats packed a double whammy for heart disease by raising levels of LDL (bad cholesterol) and lowering levels of HDL (good cholesterol). Many people felt betrayed or duped. The truth is, there never was any good evidence that using margarine instead of butter cut the chances of having a heart attack or developing heart disease. Making the switch was a well-intentioned guess, given that margarine had less saturated fat than butter, but it overlooked the dangers of trans fats. Today the butter-versus-margarine issue is really a false one. From the standpoint of heart disease, butter is on the list of foods to use sparingly mostly because it is high in saturated fat, which aggressively increases levels of LDL. Margarines, though, aren’t so easy to classify. The older stick margarines that are still widely sold are high in trans fats, and are worse for you than butter. Some of the newer margarines that are low in saturated fat, high in unsaturated fat, and free of trans fats are fine as long as you don’t use too much (they are still rich in calories).You can quickly compare the health value of spreads (including butter and margarine) simply by looking at the nutrition labels on these products. The FDA now requires nutrition labels to include information about both saturated fats and trans fats. Your goal is to limit intake of saturated fats and to avoid trans fats altogether. Healthier alternatives to butter or margarine include olive oil and other vegetable oil–based spreads, which contain beneficial mono- and polyunsaturated fats. Next time you tear into a warm loaf of bread or roll, consider dipping it in olive oil rather than coating it in butter. If you're trying to lower your cholesterol, stanol-based spreads (for example, Benecol and Take Control) are even better, since regular use can help lower LDL cholesterol levels. Margarine is made from plastic MARGARINE, when first produced, is a grey, smelly plastic. It needs ... a grey, smelly grease. Yet many health ...There you are you eating plastic? Is that why we need more plastic bottles? The only reason people but this instead of butter is butter is high in cholesterol and it is priced expensive I thank you Firozali A.Mulla

July 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFirozali A.Mulla DBA

Is there someone there? George Osborne has welcomed Britain's continuation of its AAA credit rating by a key agency. The verdict from Standard & Poor's ratings agency showed the "world has confidence" in the coalition's economic policies, the Chancellor said. "As Britain welcomes the world to our country for the Olympic Games, this is a reminder that despite the economic problems we face, the world has confidence that we are dealing with them. "The deficit has fallen by a quarter; inflation has fallen by half; employment is rising, with British businesses creating over 800,000 new jobs; and the economy is rebalancing, with Britain now exporting more to the rest of the world than Europe. "And as S&P themselves say, what would damage Britain's creditworthiness would be relaxing our resolve to deal with our debts. We won't do that." The news is a boost to Mr Osborne after weak GDP figures revealed on Wednesday drew heavy criticism of his performance and the Government's austerity measures. I thank yoiu Firozali A.Mulla DBA

July 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFirozali A.Mulla DBA

There is a phrase that USA is so huge from the East to West that there is varying degree of everything in the economy, rights, law, poverty, and if any care the answers is in the nets and to be honest it is not at all good for the employed or unemployed. The founders did not know the It, the space and believed in the moons an the stars. In other words they are learning now what they had done. What is the electric chair? They just hanged. Both killed or even the lethal injection. Today the discussions are on the two sides of the issues and no one knows whether this will work. The word is they are trying. A look at where Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican presidential rival Mitt Romney stand on a selection of issues: One Supports abortion rights. Health care law requires contraceptives to be available for free for women enrolled in workplace health plans, including access to morning-after pill, which does not terminate a pregnancy but is considered tantamount to an abortion pill by some religious conservatives. Supported requiring girls 16 and under to get a prescription for the morning-after pill, available without a prescription for older women. The other opposes abortion rights. Previously supported them. Says state law should guide abortion rights, and Roe v. Wade should be reversed by a future Supreme Court. But says Roe v. Wade is law of the land until that happens, and should not be challenged by federal legislation seeking to overturn abortion rights affirmed by that court decision. "So I would live within the law, within the Constitution as I understand it, without creating a constitutional crisis. But I do believe Roe v. Wade should be reversed to allow states to make that decision." Said he would end federal aid to Planned Parenthood. Obama: A fourth-straight year of trillion-dollar deficits is projected. Federal spending is estimated at 23.5 percent of gross domestic product this year, up from about 20 percent in previous administration, and is forecast to decline to 21.8 percent by 2016. one approval to raise debt limit to avoid default. One calls for tackling the debt with a mix of spending cuts and revenue increases. Central to Obama's plan is to let Bush-era tax cuts expire for couples making more than $250,000. That would generate more than $700 billion over 10 years. Also, would set a 30 percent tax rate on taxpayers making more than $1 million, increasing taxes for some but not all millionaires and billionaires. That would generate about $47 billion over 10 years. Reached agreement with congressional Republicans to cut $487 billion in military spending over a decade. Romney: Defended 2008 bailout of financial institutions as a necessary step to avoid the system's collapse, opposed the bailout of General Motors and Chrysler and said any such aid should not single out specific companies. Would cap federal spending at 20 percent of gross domestic product by end of first term. Stayed silent on the debt-ceiling deal during its negotiation, only announcing his opposition to the final agreement shortly before lawmakers voted on it. Instead, endorsed GOP "cut, cap and balance" bill that had no chance of enactment. Favours constitutional balanced budget amendment. Proposes broad but largely unspecified cuts in federal spending. Among the few details: 10 percent cut in federal workforce, elimination of $1.6 billion in Amtrak subsidies and cuts of $600 million in support for the arts and broadcasting. Obama: Term marked by high unemployment, a deep recession that began in previous administration and officially ended within six months, and gradual recovery with persistently high jobless rates. Unemployment rate jumped to 8.3 percent from 7.8 percent in February 2009, Obama's first full month in office, and has remained above 8 percent ever since. The stretch of unemployment above 8 percent is the longest on record dating to 1948. Unemployment hit a high water mark of 10 percent in October 2009. Of the 8.8 million jobs lost during the recession and its aftermath, 3.8 million have been regained. Businesses have added jobs for more than two years straight, pushing down the unemployment rate from 9.8 percent in March 2010 to 8.2 percent and holding. Obama responded to the recession with a roughly $800 billion stimulus plan that nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated cut the unemployment rate by 0.7 to 1.8 percentage points. Continued implementation of Wall Street and auto industry bailouts begun under George W. Bush. Proposes tax breaks for U.S.manufacturers producing domestically or repatriating jobs from abroad, and tax penalties for U.S. companies outsourcing jobs. Won approval of South Korea, Panama and Colombia free-trade pacts begun under previous administration, completing the biggest round of trade liberalization since the North American Free Trade Agreement and other pacts of that era. In other words we have no idea who is right ort who is wrong. This is from the interview by Donald Trump to the news. The news is this time the election is very interesting this year. People are scared I thank you Firozali A.Mulla DBA

July 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFirozali A.Mulla DBA

We do not need the hair cut we need the hair replanting and we need to see how we look as this will then tell us how stupid we are for paying for this. It just does not help Cash is safe not the lost hair . May not make sense to us but to the hairdresser it does Last week Mario Draghi, the president of the European Central Bank, declared that his institution "is ready to do whatever it takes to preserve the euro" - and markets celebrated. In particular, interest rates on Spanish bonds fell sharply, and stock markets soared everywhere. But will the euro really be saved? That remains very much in doubt. First of all, Europe's single currency is a deeply flawed construction. And Draghi, to his credit, actually acknowledged that. "The euro is like a bumblebee," he declared. "This is a mystery of nature because it shouldn't fly but instead it does. So the euro was a bumblebee that flew very well for several years." But now it has stopped flying. What can be done? The answer, the barber is right I thank you Firozali A.Mulla DBA

July 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFirozali A.Mulla DBA

Some reporters have no clue of the investments of Donald Trump in the city as he has one Metro station in his name. Now Donald is out and he speak no more of the city. I have been to this palace for years and what the report says is true. The struggling government-backed developer behind Dubai’s manmade islands says its profit rose by more than a third in the first half of the year as it handed over new properties to customers. Nakheel reported earnings Monday of 767 million dirham ($209 million) between January and June. That is up from 562 million during the same period last year. Revenue more than doubled to 3.11 billion dirham, up from 1.46 billion dirham a year earlier. The developer says the handover of properties to homeowners and its retail and leasing businesses helped drive the sales, though it didn't provide a breakdown of its financials. Nakheel completed a long-awaited restructuring process involving billions of dollars in debt last August. The company's credit problems were a key trigger for Dubai's 2009 financial crisis. Donald Trump has the Metro station named after his investments. Sheikh Makhtum Bin Rashid used to get up at 4 am visit the places and see who needed what, develop the low cost houses in four areas as the rent the many Arabs asked per year was 25,000 dirham. , this he found was very expensive and went on developing the many low cost houses and Dubai has never looked back. Try to visit the Dragon mart and see the Chinese city built the Chinese way. The youths have now developed the sense of talking very smoothly to all as Dubai depend on the trade only. She does not have oil. LPG. the month of Ramadan all have the very short hours of work and all are told to let the employees go early by 1.30 pm. The price of everything is reduced in this month and there is a special discount in the supermarkets. The duty free airport gives you the chance of winning the Benz. AND that too is real I have seen this, is there any like the leader of Dubai who did it does it again and again who can do that? I thank you Firozali A.Mulla

July 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFirozali A.Mulla DBA

USA election is nothing about economy but mudslinging Successful landowners in the slave .A study from Ancestry.com has determined that President Obama is related to John Punch, the first black African enslaved for life in America--which would make Punch the 11th great-grandfather of Obama. The connection is made through Obama's mother, Stanley Ann Dunhan. The website's records say she had ancestors who were white landowners in Colonial Virginia who descended from an African man, Punch According to the site's press release, Punch tried to escape indentured servitude in colonial Virginia in 1640 and was punished by becoming enslaved for life. The records show that Punch had children with a white woman, and her status as free was passed on to her offspring. Punch's descendents became -owning state of Virginia. This would mean that the first documented slave and the first African American president have a shared lineage, claim researchers. Said Ancestry.com's genealogist Joseph Shumway, "John Punch was more than likely the genesis of legalized slavery in America. But after centuries of suffering, the Civil War, and decades of civil rights efforts, his 11th great-grandson became the leader of the free world and the ultimate realization of the American Dream." Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is calling a visit to Israel by U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney as "kissing the foot" of the Jewish state to boost his bid for the White House. Ahmadinejad did not specifically name Romney, but his comments were an unmistakable jab at the Republican contender's stop this week in Israel. Romney strongly backed Israel's drive to stop Iran from possibly seeking nuclear weapons. Tehran denies the claims. Ahmadinejad questioned why Romney would make "concessions to get some pennies for (his) campaign?" Ahmadinejad made the comments during a speech Tuesday broadcast on state TV. Not a single day passes when we do not hear about the Iran and oil. We are so attached to this issue that we do not let this go. In nothing does man, with his grand notions of heaven and charity, show forth his innate, low-bred, wild animalism more clearly than in his treatment of his brother beasts. From the shepherd with his lambs to the red-handed hunter, it is the same; no recognition of rights -- only murder in one form or another. -John Muir, naturalist, explorer, and writer (1838-1914) I thank you Firozali A.Mulla DBAI thank you Firozali A.Mulla DBA

July 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFirozali A.Mulla DBA

House, which is keen to show voters it can help fix the housing market. The regulator for government-run housing finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac said on Tuesday that using taxpayer-funded bank bailout money could encourage defaults and not make a big improvement in reducing foreclosures in a cost-effective way for taxpayers. "The anticipated benefits do not outweigh the costs and risks," said the Federal Housing Finance Agency's head Edward DeMarco, who has come under intense pressure from the government to agree to the plan. The regulator's decision drew an immediate rebuke from the Obama administration and Democratic lawmakers. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner disputed the agency's conclusions and urged DeMarco to reconsider his decision. The housing market started deteriorating in 2006 and wiped out trillions of dollars in equity. Although the market has shown signs of recovery, about 11 million homeowners owe more than their properties are worth and the Obama administration has struggled with various taxpayer-funded programs to keep people in their homes. "I do not believe it is the best decision for the country," Geithner told DeMarco in a letter released to the media. The use of targeted principal reduction would "provide much needed help to a significant number of troubled homeowners, help repair the nation's housing market and result in a net benefit to taxpayers," Geithner said. Despite several plans to tackle the country's housing problems, most of which is focused on giving homeowners the opportunity to refinance at lower interest rates, the administration has yet to come up with a plan to stabilize the market. Obama, a Democrat, is trying to convince voters ahead of the November presidential election that his policies have helped the economy recover from dire days of the financial crisis and ensuing recession. His Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, has said the foreclosure process should be allowed to run its course and hit the bottom. I thank you Firozali A.Mulla DBA

August 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFirozali A.Mulla DBA

What kind of innovation are we talking about here? As an ex-pat Nam vet residing in Germany, I`ve been close to real technical innovation over the last 35 years in the automotive industry, the rail industry, and energy.
Innovation requires a detailed and expert knowledge of what already exists, and then a focused search on how things can be improved.

In the area of automotive- we have seen safety improved and fuel consumption reduced by hundreds of small innovations. The same is true in health care and other sectors.

The "big guns" in innovation like German automotive, European aerospace, European rail industries also drop billions upon billions in good solid reseasrch and development programs based on "innovative" ideas, and do have progrms which reward the "innovators" inside their companies.

It also takes teamwork to translate visions into reality. I have been working in the "sustainability field" for the last 35 years. What we have seen in the areas of concentrated solar power, solar voltaics, wind, and other things are truly impressive.
For example, a production line that uses 60% less energy than a production line installed in the late 90s with an even higher degree of intelligent automation. Or high energy efficiency no lost baggage "intelligent" baggage handling systems at airports. SMART GRID HVDC power lines which are enabling Europe to get solar energy out of the Sahara and Wind Energy of the Wind Rich - Moroccan Atlantic coast line in the visionary DESERTEC concentrated solar and wind program which was based on the vision of a physicist out of Hambrg. (Wind alone in Desertec will provide 22.500 MWh of power to France and Germany.)

Innovation takes knowledge, and capital and know how to translate vision into reality.
"Thinking Outside the Box" and "paradigm shift" are two of the most misunderstood and misapplied "catch word" phrases of the late 210th century. But when you get closer to the real innovation driven industries, it also means knowledge first. How in the hell can you "think outside of the box" when you don´t even know the limiations of the box that is containing your thinking?

For example, let us take the problem of quantum gravity. For decades, physicists tried to solve the problem of relating the positron and electron functions of atomic level matter to gravity - i.e.: quantum gravity. It wasn´t until the last decade that some "quantum loop gravity" theorists realized that the parameters of the "source free"" Standard Model cannot yield that relationship. So they examined, another older, non-source-free model- the Iberian Bullular model, but gave up prematurely. However, another team had taken the same approach and were able to solve the inherent problems in that model by a 2nd order analysis leading to a solution of a 3rd kind, and that cracked quantum gravity.

Soon, GFR gravity field retransformation technology will be coming out of Germany, based on that genuine "paradigm shift", or "2nd order analysis for solution of a 3rd kind".
Innovation only comes from the aility to correctly define a problem that needs to be solved.

Right now, the biggest challenge of the 21st century is Anthropegenic Climate Change. While that is a hot button isue in the issue in the U.S. fanned by the oil industry, Europeans accept the scientifric community´s analyses and work for solutions. Germany is not only exiting nuclear energy by the end of 2022- but fossil fuel systems as well, There are polans to be mostly off that b by 2025 at the latest. How they do that are their busienss at the moment. But imagine direct conversion of gravity to power like solar voltaic converts sunlight to electricity, or winterproofed, water as fuel systems in the automotive industry.


A main battle tank based on the "best selling" Leopard III design- will use graphene, a newly developed material 27 times stronger than steel as the backup behind a carbon steel sheeth- lightwieght- and driven by gravity field retransformation- That is innovation based on the breaktrhough knowledge in many different areas that wojuld not have been possible even 5 years ago.

Or take Gravity F9ield Retransformation based mass desalinisation systems - that are 20 times less expensive than nano-tube filter systems- and literally run off gravity with no moveing parts- which will let us literally irrigate the Sahara and th Arabian Peninsula to counter global warming?

Innovation means proper problem definition and then problem resolution. When i started out 35 years ago, the widespread use of cost effective concentrated solar - and wind power was out of the question. Today, it is a reality in Europe,
Now, heat retion systems, energy efficiency and other things are being developed and built out. Aqeuous fuel systems,and Gravit Field Retransformation systems that are straight out of star wars. But in order to do that, we first had to correctly define the relationship between matter and mass.

That not only took "innovation", but a thorough knowledge of other approaches, studying how they failed, and then learning from them.
Or sometimes ignorance is bliss. In the middle of the 19th century, Helmholts stated "man will never make a machine heavier than air that will fly.(He was thinking of steam engine power) . Then, two ignorant bicycle mehcnaics who had studied the aerodynamic research of one German researcher, and took the internal combustion engine developed by Otto, and put it on a strange looking contraption, despite people laughing at them. "Oh it will never fly you fools." But the Writht brothers did it."
Helmholtz also postulated "You can never make a steam engine that runs off its own steam. it was correct in his day as an illustration of the 1st and 2nd laws of thermodynamics. But today, we have the technology that utilizes the infrared heat energy in steam for water disassociation- literally being able to do Plasma ignition steam combustion - in power turbines. (another emerging tech.)

Andy Grove had a saying for his Intel Engineers, chemists, and physicists: "Don´t tell me it´s impüossibole, just f-wording do it. And, they did it.

Big corporations liek Siemens and G.E. EADS, Lockheed, Boeing, or VW Porsche, or BMW all have their innovation departments- R & D.

Goodness, when Putin asked Chancellor Schroeder to devlop a winterproofed high speed train based on the Velaro design, Siemens had to drop € 5 billion euros into R & D just to get it so it could safely operate at speeds of 3000 kmh, with corresponding wind chill factors, at temperatures of minus 50 degrees celsius.
on the St. Petersburg to Moscow run. That was team innovation to meet the order.

Or how about maximum efficiency - low cost solar cells with a light to power conversion near maximum efficiency of 43.9%. over five times more efficient than 80s solar cells, and a lot cheaper to build and install.

That takes teamwork, time and money. And in the U.S. capital system as it curently exists, r & d budgets have been slashed to pieces in the name of "stockholder value". So you can expect innovation to come from outside the U.S..

The climate over there does not really favour innovation.

August 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKent Doering

What kind of innovation are we talking about here? As an ex-pat Nam vet residing in Germany, I`ve been close to real technical innovation over the last 35 years in the automotive industry, the rail industry, and energy.
Innovation requires a detailed and expert knowledge of what already exists, and then a focused search on how things can be improved.

In the area of automotive- we have seen safety improved and fuel consumption reduced by hundreds of small innovations. The same is true in health care and other sectors.

The "big guns" in innovation like German automotive, European aerospace, European rail industries also drop billions upon billions in good solid reseasrch and development programs based on "innovative" ideas, and do have progrms which reward the "innovators" inside their companies.

It also takes teamwork to translate visions into reality. I have been working in the "sustainability field" for the last 35 years. What we have seen in the areas of concentrated solar power, solar voltaics, wind, and other things are truly impressive.
For example, a production line that uses 60% less energy than a production line installed in the late 90s with an even higher degree of intelligent automation. Or high energy efficiency no lost baggage "intelligent" baggage handling systems at airports. SMART GRID HVDC power lines which are enabling Europe to get solar energy out of the Sahara and Wind Energy of the Wind Rich - Moroccan Atlantic coast line in the visionary DESERTEC concentrated solar and wind program which was based on the vision of a physicist out of Hambrg. (Wind alone in Desertec will provide 22.500 MWh of power to France and Germany.)

Innovation takes knowledge, and capital and know how to translate vision into reality.
"Thinking Outside the Box" and "paradigm shift" are two of the most misunderstood and misapplied "catch word" phrases of the late 210th century. But when you get closer to the real innovation driven industries, it also means knowledge first. How in the hell can you "think outside of the box" when you don´t even know the limiations of the box that is containing your thinking?

For example, let us take the problem of quantum gravity. For decades, physicists tried to solve the problem of relating the positron and electron functions of atomic level matter to gravity - i.e.: quantum gravity. It wasn´t until the last decade that some "quantum loop gravity" theorists realized that the parameters of the "source free"" Standard Model cannot yield that relationship. So they examined, another older, non-source-free model- the Iberian Bullular model, but gave up prematurely. However, another team had taken the same approach and were able to solve the inherent problems in that model by a 2nd order analysis leading to a solution of a 3rd kind, and that cracked quantum gravity.

Soon, GFR gravity field retransformation technology will be coming out of Germany, based on that genuine "paradigm shift", or "2nd order analysis for solution of a 3rd kind".
Innovation only comes from the aility to correctly define a problem that needs to be solved.

Right now, the biggest challenge of the 21st century is Anthropegenic Climate Change. While that is a hot button isue in the issue in the U.S. fanned by the oil industry, Europeans accept the scientifric community´s analyses and work for solutions. Germany is not only exiting nuclear energy by the end of 2022- but fossil fuel systems as well, There are polans to be mostly off that b by 2025 at the latest. How they do that are their busienss at the moment. But imagine direct conversion of gravity to power like solar voltaic converts sunlight to electricity, or winterproofed, water as fuel systems in the automotive industry.


A main battle tank based on the "best selling" Leopard III design- will use graphene, a newly developed material 27 times stronger than steel as the backup behind a carbon steel sheeth- lightwieght- and driven by gravity field retransformation- That is innovation based on the breaktrhough knowledge in many different areas that wojuld not have been possible even 5 years ago.

Or take Gravity F9ield Retransformation based mass desalinisation systems - that are 20 times less expensive than nano-tube filter systems- and literally run off gravity with no moveing parts- which will let us literally irrigate the Sahara and th Arabian Peninsula to counter global warming?

Innovation means proper problem definition and then problem resolution. When i started out 35 years ago, the widespread use of cost effective concentrated solar - and wind power was out of the question. Today, it is a reality in Europe,
Now, heat retion systems, energy efficiency and other things are being developed and built out. Aqeuous fuel systems,and Gravit Field Retransformation systems that are straight out of star wars. But in order to do that, we first had to correctly define the relationship between matter and mass.

That not only took "innovation", but a thorough knowledge of other approaches, studying how they failed, and then learning from them.
Or sometimes ignorance is bliss. In the middle of the 19th century, Helmholts stated "man will never make a machine heavier than air that will fly.(He was thinking of steam engine power) . Then, two ignorant bicycle mehcnaics who had studied the aerodynamic research of one German researcher, and took the internal combustion engine developed by Otto, and put it on a strange looking contraption, despite people laughing at them. "Oh it will never fly you fools." But the Writht brothers did it."
Helmholtz also postulated "You can never make a steam engine that runs off its own steam. it was correct in his day as an illustration of the 1st and 2nd laws of thermodynamics. But today, we have the technology that utilizes the infrared heat energy in steam for water disassociation- literally being able to do Plasma ignition steam combustion - in power turbines. (another emerging tech.)

Andy Grove had a saying for his Intel Engineers, chemists, and physicists: "Don´t tell me it´s impüossibole, just f-wording do it. And, they did it.

Big corporations liek Siemens and G.E. EADS, Lockheed, Boeing, or VW Porsche, or BMW all have their innovation departments- R & D.

Goodness, when Putin asked Chancellor Schroeder to devlop a winterproofed high speed train based on the Velaro design, Siemens had to drop € 5 billion euros into R & D just to get it so it could safely operate at speeds of 3000 kmh, with corresponding wind chill factors, at temperatures of minus 50 degrees celsius.
on the St. Petersburg to Moscow run. That was team innovation to meet the order.

Or how about maximum efficiency - low cost solar cells with a light to power conversion near maximum efficiency of 43.9%. over five times more efficient than 80s solar cells, and a lot cheaper to build and install.

That takes teamwork, time and money. And in the U.S. capital system as it curently exists, r & d budgets have been slashed to pieces in the name of "stockholder value". So you can expect innovation to come from outside the U.S..

The climate over there does not really favour innovation.

August 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKent Doering

My budget changes daily as the IT is changing. look at once the posh RIM Blackberry now going into the gutter and Samsung taking over all the tech now To be honest my limit is exhausted and I have no energy to imagine an economy that produces unimaginable prosperity, an economy that promotes real happiness, fairness, and helps the poor. Imagine an economy that doesn't just make us better off, but makes us better. What if we could build it? If there is a mix up in some care, why keep it, neglect it and look for a better deal. Time is short so those who need to carry out the deal better rush or the lost time will not come back. Then we will have regrets like Tony Blaire come and saying sorry. The world has gone bankrupt because of these miscalculated cares Small business owners may be understaffed, but don’t expect them to hire new workers anytime soon. A new survey from TD Bank found that while 35% of small business owners are somewhat understaffed, only 21% plan to hire one or more employees in the months to come. The vast majority (70%) plan to keep their staff levels at their current numbers, TD reported. The survey polled more than 500 small businesses from Maine to Florida. The biggest challenge for small businesses when it comes to human resources is finding new, qualified candidates (42%), followed by training existing employees (22%). Offering competitive compensation is a top issue for 22% of small businesses, followed by laying off inadequate employees *8%) and continuous employee turnover (5%). Declining sales was the top challenge described by the businesses polled with 29% of the response. This was followed closely by health-care and insurance costs (27%) and cash flow concerns (23%). Rounding out the list was pressure from larger competitors (12%) and rising energy costs (10%). Respondents also differed when it came to defining success as a small business owner. Many said it would be defined by doing something they enjoy (24%) and having a stable work/life balance (23%). Being your own boss and earning enough money to live a comfortable lifestyle tied with 17% of the response. Finally, continuous increases in business profitability (10%) and creating jobs in the local community (9%) finished out the ranking. The public remains sharply divided toward President Barack Obama's historic health care reform legislation, according to polls that show few are undecided. Most people think they know whether they like or dislike the law. But when it comes to knowing what's actually contained within this mammoth retooling of our health insurance system, most of us may not be smarter than a failing fifth grader. A recent online quiz on the main provisions of health care reform by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that participants, on average, answered just 5 out of 10 questions correctly. It's understandable. The ambitious law runs to 2,700 pages, some of its regulations have yet to be written, and the benefits that have already taken effect have been overshadowed by the recently resolved Supreme Court challenge. The barrage of political advertising surrounding November's presidential election has further clouded, rather than clarified, things. Now that the Supreme Court has upheld the health care overhaul law, perhaps it's time to acquaint ourselves with the changes that have already occurred and those soon to come. I thank you Firozali A.Mulla DBA

August 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFirozali A.Mulla DBA

When the two bulls fight the grass gets trashed or if Arthur barks at John I have no idea who is right. I see only hear lots of shouts and that is it. To be honest the noise pollution is so much that it is difficult to listen any these days. I do not want to listen to all barking. Period Add the topic will can be the same all the years The British were offended, the Palestinians accused him of racism and even in friendlier Poland, Mitt Romney's union policies drew criticism from the current leaders of the movement that toppled communism. Romney's visit to Britain, Israel and Poland was never expected to produce the same media frenzy as then-candidate Barack Obama's extravagant, eight-country tour of 2008. Obama received rock star treatment from international media and world leaders as he travelled from the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan to the glittering chancelleries of Europe. Nevertheless, comparisons were inevitable and much of it was less than favourable to the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. "The designated Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney wanted to demonstrate foreign policy expertise and diplomatic skills with his trip to Britain, Israel and Poland," the Swiss newspaper Tages-Zeitung said Tuesday. "Today, on the last day of the tour, he must be made to admit that he clearly missed this target." Romney supporters insisted that much of the criticism was unfair and overblown, especially in countries of Europe where the political culture tends to be left of contemporary America. Back in 2008, commentators attributed much of the public adulation that candidate Obama received in Europe to the simple fact that he was not George W. Bush, whose image had sunk because of widespread opposition to the Iraq war. Likewise, the warm reception Romney received in Poland was due in part to the fact that he is not Barack Obama, whose overtures to Russia and other policies have not gone down well among Poles. Whatever the differences, the contrast between the two candidates' foreign tours has been striking. In 2008, more than 200,000 people turned out in Berlin to hear Obama speak of a world without nuclear weapons and promise to counter climate change. It is election season, after all, so sharing one's political views -- however outlandish they may be -- is to be expected. But how about from a 6-year-old? Isaac Anthony counts down the 10 reasons why he thinks you should not vote for Barack Obama in a YouTube video posted by the conservative website Patriot Update. His list of reasons includes the fact that, in his opinion, Obama is "taking money from people who work hard" and "keeping people on welfare and food stamps." After Anthony delivers reason No. 4, "He wants to take guns away from good guys," he shoots his mock pistol at the camera. When kids talk, they talk sense as they want to see the future Since my house burned down / I now own a better view / of the rising moon. -Mizuta Masahide, poet and samurai (1657-1723) . I thank you Firozali A.Mulla DBA

August 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFirozali A.Mulla DBA

Bryan, when we were hit with Y2K who took this seriously? Few. Why? I am in Tanzania . When the news came all panicked not that there were the sophisticated PCs but for these locals the PC was an electronic whiz that could cut out their paper work in minutes instead of days. They never cared but the tag that they had paid on these was at that time so high ( I am talking of the Apple IIe and IBM compatibles , the capital was locked in these and there were few who could use these and service these. The only printers ( even now, we have is DMP). Why does USA UK and others always talk of the These are useless people in the sub Sahara region , give them even the used PCs they will be happy. What happens is then the cruelty. China comes in and takes the market . We have Chinese shops full of cheap clothes, (UK has USA has but they speak not of these we as they are ashamed but they have to pay China a great lot in trade) Now you tell me who gets the cash and who gets the laugh I thank you Firozali A.Mulla DBA

August 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFirozali A.Mulla DBA

1 Politics and economics always stay on course if we allow this. Here we have a perfect anatomy in modern time. We trespass, violate all the rules and state we are here for peace. Russia slams the West for using "blackmail" over a new UN Security Council resolution on Syria and ridiculed the idea it could convince President Bashar al-Assad to step down. The question comes to mind. Who called us, why we are here, is this like the WMD case. Do we still want to see the bloodshed all over the Middle East? No. Then is it not time for us to look at the economy and raise this so all then benefit.2 Now to USA As new J.C. Penney CEO Ron Johnson courts the cool, elusive city shopper, one town is playing the role of an angry ex. "J.C. Penney, here again you slap us in the face," declared Antonio Lopez, mayor pro tem of San Fernando, Calif., outside his city's shuttered outlet. "This is very unacceptable from you." On Saturday, the day the San Fernando store closed, residents showed up to protest once more. After J.C. Penney announced the bad news a month ago, locals tried rallies, petitions and concerts to no avail. The store, with its geometric facade and retro neon sign, had been serving shoppers since 1953 in downtown San Fernando, a city of 24,000 in Southern California's San Fernando Valley. It is one of two J.C. Penney stores -- the other is in Scottsbluff, Neb. -- to close this year. Elsewhere, J.C. Penney is garnering more attention for the debut of its "shops" concept this week. On Wednesday, the company opened branded Levi's, Arizona Jeans and i Jeans by Buffalo spaces within 700 of its stores. If all goes according to plan, J.C. Penney will eventually recruit 100 brands to open such mini-boutiques, transforming cluttered department stores into modern "main streets" with myriad shopping experiences. The company will also eliminate cash registers, arming staff with iPads and other mobile devices to check out customers. But J.C. Penney is transforming only its best 700 stores. The remaining 400, mostly located in small towns, will receive limited selections of new merchandise. Although the company built its empire on small-town America, many of those stores are becoming burdens as the company attempts to rebrand. Some loyal shoppers at those locations are also frustrated by the edgier fashion and end of coupons, two changes that Johnson has implemented since starting at J.C. Penney in November. In the early months of the rebrand, sales at J.C. Penney stores open at least a year declined 18.9 percent. We have to look for this now as these new IPADS given to the employee may boost the sales and the CRM. I thank you Firozali A.Mulla DBA

August 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFirozali A.Mulla DBA

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