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Brian Fuller
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Re: HR
Brian Fuller   2/25/2013 5:44:11 PM
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Good point and that would be really sad if it were 20 years ago (or even five years ago), but great ideas now have other outlets to innovation through methods like crowdfunding. Yes, it's in its infancy, but it's a great start. 

 

Ned Ludd
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Ned Ludd   2/21/2013 11:55:31 AM
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Beyond all the back-and-forth (why don't we say "forth and back"?) quips, Rich's point about HR is cogent. Too often, and this applies especially as corporations get bigger, HR acts as a filter to prevent talent from sneaking in the front door of Amalgamated and upsetting the routine established by little gray men. In my research on the sources of invention, I've discovered that the majority of groundbreaking ideas come from employees who — if HR knew what they were really up to — would be fired and all their work piled into a Dumpster.

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Re: Excellent
syedzunair   2/20/2013 3:25:16 PM
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Haven't worked with them yet :)

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Re: Excellent
syedzunair   2/20/2013 1:03:56 PM
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Rich: 

I think that the talent is out there and we just need to look for it. Innovation is limited by firms mostly and one can do so much within the confines of the job description. 

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Re: if I had my time all lover again
syedzunair   2/20/2013 11:43:18 AM
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We are already going for a more efficient lifestyle each day. With focus on conservation of energy and non renewable sources we are moving towards a more efficient life. 

Brian Fuller
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Re: and again
Brian Fuller   2/20/2013 10:55:35 AM
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@Flyingscot: I think we are those clever old timers, or will be to the next generation. It's, as @Rich notes in his comment, all about implementation. For example, when we drove around the country interviewing engineers, we came across a small North Carolina company making energy-harvesting devices leveraging the Seebeck and Peltier effects. Simple! (http://www.driveforinnovation.com/running-hot-and-cold-toward-huge-potential/) Multiply that by hundreds of simple implementations and we will make some dents in the energy situation.

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and again
FLYINGSCOT   2/19/2013 4:10:12 PM
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I love stories of yore about ingenious old timers.  It must have been great to live in those days where there were innovations left, right and centre.  I suppose it is the same today but the innovations seem far more complex to achieve.  I do not like the idea of reclaiming oil from the tar sands as it sounds like a very expesive, messy process that offer marginal yield at best.  I'd rather go to the hardware shop and buy som e tar paper and reclaim some heat for myself.  

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if I had my time all lover again
FLYINGSCOT   2/19/2013 3:57:28 PM
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I reckon we all could make our houses and lives more efficient if we all could start from scratch and do things again with more knowledge.  

Brian Fuller
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Integrated approach
Brian Fuller   2/19/2013 1:29:45 PM
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Benji, good post. I think it takes an integrated approach. One thing forecasters never accurately assimilate into their models is the beneficial impact of technology. 

So for instance as embedded electronics become more ubiquitous, we will see larger energy savings through lighting control, HVAC, and other environmental-control devices. Then are the relentless improvements in materials, be in double-paned windows or insulation/housing materials.

We'll use less energy, but we'll still need to squeeze something out of the ground for the foreseeable future and technology will enable that in easier-to-extract, more cost-effective ways.

 

 



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