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A Brief History of Candles

The name candle comes from the Latin candere meaning "to shine." Actually, very little is known about the origin of them. No one person is credited with their invention. Early Egyptians used "rushlights," which...

Innovative way to teach and learn

How learn if robots run the world? Science fiction writers and blockbuster movies have been predicting a world run by robots for decades, and for most of us, the fantasy has stayed in the realm of fiction. But...

What is a disruptive innovation?

Disruptive innovation, a term of art coined by Clayton Christensen, describes a process by which a product or service takes root initially in simple applications at the bottom of a market and then relentlessly ...

The age of the re-emergent technologies

Ryan Raffaelli, of Harvard Business School, has examined examples of “re-emergent technologies” in detail. The most striking example is the Swiss mechanical-watch industry. In the 1970s it was almost washed awa...

4 Secrets of People with High Social Value

Most often, it’s movie stars and sports superstars who have a very high social value. A short-cut to assuming the persona of someone with a high social value is to simply pretend that you’re James Bond, Angelin...

The Pricing of Social Innovation

Over-design & over-price products / services Whether destined for emerging markets or developed markets, firms make similar mistakes when designing and pricing social innovations. First of all, they miss o...