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Open Innovation. The New Imperative for Creating and Reporting from Technology

As a student of innovation for more than twenty years, I still find it amazing just how difficult innovation continues to be. But today we are faced with the extra problem that our ideas of innovation have gone stale. So we need to be innovative in the area of innovation itself, which is what this book will help us to do and what I mean by calling this foreword “Innovating Innovation.” By innovation I mean something quite different from invention. To me, innovation means invention implemented and taken to market. And beyond innovation lies disruptive innovation, which actually changes social practices—the way we live, work, and learn. Really substantive innovation—the telephone, the copier, the automobile, the personal computer, or the Internet—is quite disruptive, drastically altering social practices. Disruptive innovation presents some major challenges. First, although it may be relatively easy to predict the potential capabilities of a technological breakthrough in terms of the products it enables, it is nearly impossible to predict the way that these products or offerings will shape social practices. The surprising rise of e-mail is but one example. It is not technology per se that matters, but technology-in-use, and that is precisely what is so hard to predict ahead of time. Nevertheless, technological breakthroughs that do end up shaping our social practices can produce huge payoffs, both to the innovator and to...

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EBOOK.- La revolución del 3D

El 68% de las empresas va a aumentar sus inversiones en tecnología 3D durante 2015. 1983. El ingeniero estadounidense Charles Hull dedica sus ratos libres para seguir trabajando en prototipos de muebles utilizando para ello luz ultravioleta (UV). Hull, intraemprendedor, continúa en su pequeño laboratorio casero y experimenta con fotopolímeros, materiales de base acrílica y líquidos hasta que son tratados con una luz ultravioleta. Entonces, inmediatamente se vuelven sólidos. La nueva tecnología, que bautiza y patenta como “estereolitografía”, utiliza diferentes resinas fotosensibles, en estado líquido, que se solidifican capa a capa al exponerlas a un láser con frecuencia UV de forma selectiva. Siguiendo el ejemplo de muchos colegas norteamericanos, en su casa nace un invento que va a evolucionar la sociedad:  lo que hoy en día se conoce como impresión...

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Herramientas vivas para aprender inglés: libros, series y películas

La  pregunta  que  mucha  gente  se  hace  es  ¿Cómo aprender   inglés?   Lo   cierto   es   que   hay   tantas respuestas  como  personas  que  han  alcanzado  un  nivel alto de inglés.  Es indiscutible que el estudio y la práctica, así como la estancia en un país de habla inglesa son la clave del  aprendizaje.  Pero  también  disponemos  de  una serie  de herramientas  que  indiscutiblemente  nos ayudan  a  mejorar  y  practicar  de  una  forma  amena y   divertida,   a   la  vez   que   convertimos  nuestros momentos  de  ocio  en  un  medio  para  conseguir nuestro objetivo: hablar inglés. La  lectura,  el  cine  y  la  música  suelen  ser  aficiones comunes  en  la  mayoría  de  las  personas,  por  la tanto  explotemos  estas  actividades  para  reforzar nuestro conocimiento en  la  lengua de...

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Eight audiobooks to read and learn this summer

Adopting English books as learning tools can help you reach English fluency faster than ever before. In is article we propose to you some audiobooks that will help you to keep going with your English this summer. With every book you read the more you will improve and with the audiobooks you will be improving your comprehension skills but also learn pronunciation and to understand the language. When you listen to books you are able to follow along with the text and hear how an English speaker will pronounce different words you are unfamiliar with. This is the best way to learn new vocabulary and how to use specific grammar skills when speaking, reading and writing. English audio books provide an easy way to listen to a variety of action packed stories and then practice your reading comprehension skills. Once you have listened to the English audio book—you should be able to answer questions about the story that will reflect your understanding of the material. Once you are able to do this accurately—you should be able to move up to the next level. Another benefit to English audio books is listening to the language spoken at different speeds. Since many people do not speak slowly with many pauses in between words—you will need to increase the speed that you understand the English language. The easiest way to do this is to find English audiobooks that offer one to three different speeds that you can listen to. As you gain confidence in your reading skills—you will be able to move up to a normal speed and still be able to understand the stories being read. Fourth of July Creek: A Novel Audio CD – Audiobook, CD In this shattering and iconic American novel, PEN Prize-winning writer Smith Henderson explores the complexities of freedom, community, grace, suspicion, and anarchy, brilliantly depicting our nation's disquieting and violent contradictions. - - After trying to help Benjamin Pearl, an undernourished, nearly feral eleven-year-old boy living in the Montana wilderness, social worker Pete Snow comes face to face with the boy's profoundly disturbed father, Jeremiah....

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10 Childrens Books to learn about business

Simple fact. Most of what we needed to know to succeed in business we learned on the playground, but now ignore or forget. Here is a recommendation for 10 books you should definitely add to your reading list and will teach you as much as some bestselling business books about what it takes to succeed in business…and life.   All those books are relatively short, and therefore easy to read, but if you look beyond the fact that these books are marketed as children’s books, they each contain important lessons that we would do well to remember. The Lorax – On respecting people and natural resources along the way. The Lorax tells the tale of the greedy and short-sighted Once-ler who chops down all his resources in an effort to grow his business. Not only does he despoil the environment, but he also puts himself out of business. This book is a must-read for any business student as it stresses the importance of balance and vision in growing a business as well as a reminder that natural resources must be dealt with respectfully. The Little Prince – On the role of compassion and intuition. It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” “What makes the desert beautiful,” said the little prince, “is that somewhere it hides a well…” “Well, I must endure the presence of two or three caterpillars if I wish to become acquainted with the butterflies.” “All men have the stars,” he answered, “but they are not the same things for different people. For some, who are travelers, the stars are guides. For others they are no more than little lights in the sky. For others, who are scholars, they are problems. For my businessman they were wealth. But all the stars are silent. Where the Wild Things Are - On the dance between quest, emotion, fear and solace. But one of the biggest business lessons—perseverance—comes from what happened to the book when it first came out. “According to Sendak, at first the book was banned...

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Best books to improve your English vocabulary

Summer and Holydays are always a good time for reading. If you want to enjoy and improve your English at the same time, a good strategy is reading English books.  Then, read on! Because if you read a lot, that will help to improve vocabulary, one of the most important tools to facilitate communication. If you read a story that you enjoy, it is likely that you will re-read sections that you are particularly attracted to and the vocabulary and syntax in these sections will be more memorable and usable. Is very important to choose stories that will grip your attention, one where the plot structure is fairly straightforward, ones with not too many characters, ones with relatively easy to understand syntax and vocabulary. And ones that are not too long. Then you will stand a good chance of finishing them. Here are a number of recommended reading list that may help you choose some suitable reading for pleasure or study purposes. The first ones is: 1100 words You Need to Know, a  best-seller for more than four decades, with word list and definitions, analogy exercises and words- in context exercise. For optimal ease and enjoyment in learning, the authors recommend 15 minute sessions with this book. All the new words for students to learn and replaced in the context of sentences that have been selected from well- know novels, plays, poems, newspaper, editorials, and TV broadcast. And here are some well known books that have a good style and rich vocabulary and at the same time are popular for English learners. Animal Farm. There is a short novel by G.Orwell, written in the style of a fable. It is an incredibly well-written novel against totalitarianism. Other very famous novel is 1984. It is longer than Animal farm and deals with the same topic, but from a different perspective. It might be a bit more difficult. If you like mysteries, any of Agatha Christiee’s novels would be a good choice. She created two of crime fiction’s most memorable characters, Hercule Poirot, the legendary Belgian detective and Miss Marple. It...

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