June 19, 2014

2014 CNBC's Disruptor 50


May 8, 2014

Reframing problems instead of solving them.

From Yale SOM news: "Miriam Erez, vice dean for the MBA program and chair of the Knowledge Center for Innovation at Technion, observed, "SOM students understand that trying to find the 'right' answer to a given problem is often not nearly as productive as first defining the problem in a whole new way. This is an invaluable framework for anyone interested in starting a business."" Some psych models for doing this.


Well designed way to learn Chinese characters.

April 7, 2014

100 best Chinese mainland films

A good list from TimeOut Shanghai

February 12, 2014

2U blog

Nice online learning blog

Reframing the online learning debate-

is it more about textbooks? from the Economist

December 17, 2013

Minnesota announces new trade office in Brazil

September 20, 2013

Amazing Brazilian Portuguese resources

from Orlando Kelm, U of Tx

August 7, 2013

Continuum Fashion

Digital printing and fashion

July 26, 2013

Skoll World Forum

website has great article and video on social entrepreeurship

July 19, 2013

teaching models

Time to learn more about: project-based learning (PBL), game-based learning (GBL), Understanding by Design (UbD), and authentic literacy.

April 23, 2013

Yale China India class

Great themes- urbanization and sustainability. Nice website!

April 9, 2013

Decisive video

Nice summary of the new C&D Heath book.

February 15, 2013

Lucy Bernholz

Great report and blog about "the social economy", impact investing.

February 12, 2013

Art of Hosting - Harvesting

I am learning about the Art of Hosting and am intrigued by "harvesting"- directly related to MVPs.

appreciative inquiry and lean startup

I think that the AI method is a great way to maximize learning in MVPs. Thanks for your help, Bliss Browne!

November 19, 2012

Guanxi 101

A good article from MITSloan on business relationships in China.

November 14, 2012

Innovator as need seekers

A Dutch innovation consultant's approach to the innovation process. Nice map!

October 31, 2012


Great resource for angel investment

July 12, 2012

Rise of developing world cities

Nice report by McKinsey- check out the charts! 65% of econ growth now to 2025 from mid-sized cities.

June 28, 2012

Steve Blank's website

Lots of good resources for entrepreneurs and innovators, in particular lean startup tools.

March 6, 2012

China-US cultural differences

A Western intro to Confucianism.


Great blog with Chinese cultural insights.

March 1, 2012

Mind Sumo

Nice blend of crowd sourcing, and connecting talented students with businesses.

February 7, 2012

Beyond the Purchase

"research exploring the link between spending decisions and well-being." Summary article.

February 2, 2012

Challenge Based Learning

Apple's approach to education, similar to Problem Based Learning. Related to UMN learning outcomes.

February 1, 2012

Lean Startup

Wiki , blog and a video

January 17, 2012

Lots of new teaching tidbits

December 14, 2011

Anonymous employee reviews. Sort of Tripadvisor for job searchers. CEO approval rates are interesting.

December 9, 2011

Lean start up model

There are many opportunities to launch new ventures in a leaner way.

November 9, 2011

Great way to microfund creative projects, like this nano accessory

August 10, 2011

Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve

Part of U MN, second generation biofuels research. Biodiversity and carbon sequestration matter, per David Tilman. Field trip?

June 29, 2011

Nice Charles Eames diagram on the design process

This applies to entrepreneurs and innovators as well.

June 23, 2011

Innovation blog with a Brazilian post

This blog had a post by a Brazilian consultant who could be an interesting contact about Brazil innovation.

May 6, 2011


is a business incubator for young, sustainable entrepreneurs in Shanghai.

April 28, 2011

PPP, US and China

More on the relevance of purchasing power parity comparison methods.

April 2, 2011

Autodesk sustainability center

Great videos and ideas sustainable design

February 15, 2010

four levels of uncertainty

Hugh Courtney's book, 20/20 Foresight: Crafting Strategy in an Uncertain World talks about four levels of uncertainty. This works nicely with Kanter's innovation pyramid. Summary and graphic McKinsey Quarterly article

Here is a public domain article with examples of each level ( no formatting in article).

January 27, 2010

FreeMind mind mapping tool

nice open source tool