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The Economic and Social Impact of Language

Mills Scofield

And, in 2010, Arne Duncan announced that 95% of American college students in language classes were taking European languages. With the rise of China, India and other Asian countries, what languages do we teach in school? Bengali? Punjabi?

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Are Non-Profits Doomed to Fail in Haiti?

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I began volunteering in Haiti in 2007, and moved to Léogane in 2010 to begin my work with GOALS. This is especially true following the January 12, 2010 earthquake that killed 230,000-300,000 people. Parts of Haiti have achieved remarkable progress in their recovery since 2010.

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Rebellious Optimism = Innovation

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Kona Shen graduated in 2010 with an honors thesis on the impact of foreign aid on Haiti’s environment and ways the international community could improve aid efforts. Optimism is the greatest act of rebellion. So says my friend Carmen Medina.

How to Have an Impact without Electricity and the Internet

Mills Scofield

I began traveling to Haiti as a volunteer in 2007 and moved here in 2010 to launch an organization called GOALS. This is a guest post by Kona Shen , Founder of GOALS Haiti , mentioned here.

Innovation = People, People, People

Mills Scofield

Last week's provided great discussion on various tools and processes for innovating. Innovation3: Crowdsourcing, Tools & Culture Summit Jackie Hutter , and I did a workshop on Leading Indicators for Innovation (which I'll share soon). While there are many speakers on many topics, there are 4 I want to highlight (caution - long-ish blog!). My friend, Andrea Meyer (one of the best writers I know), opened the summit with a story about what may be [.].

Lessons From BIF-7

Mills Scofield

Dan Pink, known for his fabulous books A Whole New Mind and Drive , talked about 2010’s two Physics Nobel Prize winners, Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, breakthrough in extremely thin graphene. I’m tired of all the “Woe is America” stuff – we’ve lost our innovation edge, we’re stagnating, etc. What I see is the opposite – incredible innovation in products, services, processes and business models.

Return on Failure: Why is it so hard to learn?

Mills Scofield

We've talked about the hypothesis of ROF in Part I and what we can learn from failure in Part II. Now we'll turn to some of the reasons it's so hard to learn from failure. Well, learning isn't easy for many of us period. Is it due to management? To complexity of/in the organizations?

Beware of Facts & Innovation

Mills Scofield

Facts & Data. At Bell Labs we used to say, "How much did you pay for that data?" " Most market research projects - for strategic planning and innovation (my passions), or even incremental product development focus on getting the facts. Ok, here's one for you: "Since 1920, more Oberlin graduates have gone on to earn PhDs than have the graduates of any other American baccalaureate college." " (www.oberlin.edu) This is true, i [.].

Currency of 21st Century Business? Connections

Mills Scofield

Sitting behind me at BIF-6 was this nice, unassuming guy. We struck up a conversation. As a result, a wonderful friendship has developed (which is easy to do at BIF). This guy was Michael Lee Stallard. As Michael and I started conversing, the importance of connections to help reframe, reform our world was/is a constant theme. Three years ago, Michael wrote a very important book underscoring this very point, Fired Up or Burned Out. It was inspired from his ow [.].

Incumbentitis - The Anti-Innovation Disease

Mills Scofield

Well, we've just been through quite an election - out with the ‘old', in with the new - well, somewhat, there were several incumbents re-elected. This isn't a mandate for or against either party; it was a mandate for an economic revolution to get rid of big government and make one that works for the people. Is the government capable of re-inventing itself? Of innovating? Let's look at other established entities - like big companies. In the [.].

Micro-Volunteering - Innovation At Its Finest

Mills Scofield

You know all that time you spend waiting? In line, at school, the doctor's office, soccer practices, the bus or train? Well, what if you could use that time to do something great for someone else? That's the premise of The Extraordinaries , a crowdsourced micro-volunteering company started by three 20-somethings, Jacob Colker, Ben Rigby and Sundeep Ahuja. Jacob told their story at last month's BIF-6 conference (which is still causing a buzz). And this has to [.].

Return on Failure: ROF - Experimenting

Mills Scofield

Let's continue this hypothesis on ROF. What can failure teach us? Which of our assumptions were right and wrong Where we should and shouldn't invest going forward Who are the people/team members who challenge, question, test How we need to set or reset expectations As discussed in Part I , scientists rely on the scientific method to help identify sources of failure and learn from them. I'm a bit sensitive to this being married to an experimental physicis [.].

Return on Failure: The Equation

Mills Scofield

What is failure? When things don't go according to plan or expectations, ending up with unexpected and/or undesired outcomes (which we can argue could have been avoidable, or not). The key is ‘undesired' - because if they were desired and not planned or expected, that would still be great! But, as we will see, failure is a terrific way to learn. Maybe we could measure learning as Return on Failure: ROF. We've all heard the phrase "fail often, [.].

The Business Plan Fallacy

Mills Scofield

As I'm reviewing business plans from college grads I'm mentoring (as an alumnae mentor at Brown Univ ) and from Glengary , the VC firm I'm a partner in, this whole business plan process is getting to me. So much of what I see in biz plans is, pardon the phrase, BS. We all know none of us believe any of the numbers is the proformas, the market growth, etc., so why do we bother with all this stuff when we know it's a joke? I don't know, but here' [.].

HR's Strategic Role in Innovation

Mills Scofield

Historically, HR has not played a very strategic role in innovation. This needs to change. HR needs to support the culture change to enable innovation; and the upcoming generation isn't going to settle for an ‘administrative-only' role. Innovation is primarily a social thing. Really. While processes are important, ideas come from interactions between and among humans. At 2nd Open Innovation Summit and BIF-6 this came through loud and clear.    [.].

ROF: Return on Failure & Gen-Y, Gen-Z

Mills Scofield

This is the first of a series of blogs I'm going to do on ROF: Return on Failure. It is a work in progress, so please comment, discuss, disagree, share your thoughts. Earlier this month, I attended BIF-6 and the impact it's having on so many of us continues to endure. One of the storytellers, Ntiedo Etuk, started a company, DimensionU that makes interactive video games to teach kids math, science and other subjects. Video games! Yes, you may shudder and t [.].

BIF-6 Summed Up: Optimism-Hope-Trust-Innovation

Mills Scofield

I'm still trying to process the last week; a wonderfully relaxing and productive (not an oxymoron) sabbatical on the dock in Maine, a day at Brown with terrific kids (I'm ready to go back) and BIF-6. If you are ever, ever able to attend BIF's annual conference, spare nothing and go. It will be one of the best things you ever do on so many levels. FYI, Saul, 2011 Rosh Hashanah is late, 9/28, we're ok) The entire conference was summed up for me around 4pm on day [.].

Mentoring: Who really benefits more?

Mills Scofield

Last year, I volunteered to participate in Brown University's Women's Launchpad Program which pairs women alumni in industry (me) with senior women for mentoring in career and graduate school planning. My mentee, Sarah, was a Mechanical Engineering major from the Boston area and leader on the Women's Crew Team. Our love of Brown gave us an immediate common ground and we quickly found others. We talked/emailed/texted at least weekly for the academic year. [.].

50 Ways to Leave your Lover: Keep Failing Til the Last Thing You Try Is Successful

Mills Scofield

By the end of 2010, we have a prototype adaptation of our Whizard trimmer for tissue processing operating with the original customer, but we know that the tool is unsatisfactory in many ways.

Incumbentitis ? The Anti-Innovation Disease

Mills Scofield

In 2010, it was out with the ‘old’, in with the new, mostly. Well, will congress put the country or their own political careers first? You’d think they should be one and the same but we know they aren’t. With the upcoming elections, getting re-elected will matter more. Washington DCers (and Wall Street) want desperately to maintain the status quo, yet America is asking for government by the people, of the people an

Gratitude - 2010

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Best Leadership Books of 2010

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Are you letting conflicts fester?

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Five Reasons Why Every Leader is a Salesperson

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My Five Most Read Posts of 2010

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