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Tech Cocktail’s DC Sessions with Local Motors’s Justin Fishkin
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Tech Cocktail was excited to partner with GE for an inspiring night of innovation with special guest Justin Fishkin of Local Motors. The attendees not only left the event with nuggets of information and dreams to build the next revolution of refrigerators, but many walked away with small trinkets they built on the 3D printers and laser cutters that were on exhibit. It was quite a night!
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Silver Level MML Convention Sponsors American Fidelity, OHM, Prein & Newhoff, Superior Play, Angie’s, Safeguard, Zausmer and Kaufman, Waste Management, White Pine Printers, Plante Moran and Foster Swift
Image by Michigan Municipal League (MML)
Dozens of businesses and organizations helped make the 2011 Michigan Municipal League Convention a huge success. Here are many images of our sponsors leading education sessions, networking with League members and staff and providing valuable information and assistant. This year’s platinum sponsors were Meadowbrook Insurance Group, Comcast, Plunkett and Cooney Attorneys & Counselors at Law; Michigan Main Street and the Grand Hotel. Gold sponsors were Michigan Municipal League Employee Benefits Services/Blue Cross & Blue Shield, ICMA-RC, C2AE, NuWave Government Solutions, Corrigan Moving Systems – the official move of the MML Convention, and PASK Video Productions. Silver level sponsors were American Fidelity Assurance Company, OHM Advancing Communities, Prein & Newhof, Superior Play, Angie’s Artisan Treats, Safeguard Properties, Zausmer, Kaufman and August, Waste Management, White Pine Printers, Plante & Moran – the official auditor of the MML Community Excellence Awards, and Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC & Attorneys. Bronze level sponsors were Beckett & Raeder, Fleis & Vandenbrink Engineering Inc., Republic Services, Rowe Professional Services Company, The Hubbard Law Firm, WadeTrim, MRPA Michigan Recreation and Park Association and Miller Canfield. Also Clark Hill sponsored the host cities reception hosted at the DeVos Place in the heart of the ArtPrize activities. The host cities reception was hosted by the cities of Grand Rapids, Kentwood, Grandville, Wyoming, Walker and East Grand Rapids. For more about the Michigan Municipal League and what we do go to mml.org. For more about Convention go to www.tour.mml.org and follow the League and the Convention on Twitter at @mmleague and the hashtag #mmltour.
Architectural vs component innovation
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Most innovation involves small, incremental improvements to the parts of a system. A better spark plug, a better kind of tire, a better bar of soap, and so on. This is because these kinds of innovations are easier to inject into an existing system.
But some kinds of innovations – often called disruptive innovations – involve changes to the system itself. The PC revolution is an example of disruptive innovation, because the entire system of work computing had to change to accommodate it. This required a whole host of component innovations beyond the PC itself, such as the office scanner, printer, networking, and so on. System innovation like this requires changes to the fundamental architecture – known as architectural innovation.
Component innovation swaps out one node for another, which usually results in an incremental improvement. Architectural innovation changes the links. Changing the relationships between nodes is a sweeping change that usually transforms the way that the entire system works. Apple’s iTunes/iPhone ecosystem was an architectural innovation that changed the music industry forever.
Perhaps one of the reasons more companies haven’t organized around small, empowered teams is that their business architectures don’t allow it. It’s not easy to plug modules into a platform that isn’t designed for it.