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Should You Take an App For That?

"Mobile health care apps now number in the thousands on the Apple and Google online stores, and many of these are targeted toward mental health."
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"I think a lot of these mobile digital health technologies would like to take the role of new pharma, which is especially interesting since there hasnt been any new blockbuster drugs for mental health in a while, says John Torous, a psychiatrist at Harvard Medical School and coauthor of the 2015 study."
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"There are also practical issues a feasibility study on an app designed to help manage schizophrenia, found that while users found the app to be effective, the most common technical problem was people forgetting to charge their phones."
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"In the UK, the National Health Services launched a Health Apps Library in March 2013."
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"Last month, economist Simon Leigh at the University of Liverpool co-authored an article in Evidence Based Mental Health that reported among the 14 apps for depression and anxiety recommended by the NHS, only four had any research to back up their claims and only two of those used validated measurement tools to test their effectiveness."

#Mobile #FutureTechnologies #TodaysChallenge #BuildResilience   #HumanResources   #wellbeing  
Should You Take an App For That?
Should You Take an App For That?

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How to Use Big Data to Enhance Your Brand Storytelling

"By now, many businesses and organizations have seen the value behind big data."
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"You see, big data by itself actually holds little value."
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"To truly gain value and improve your brand, data needs to be used in storytelling."
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"Without data, stories like the ones you want to tell provide little impact."
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"Storytelling can effectively establish that emotional connection, while data within the story can help earn the trust of the reader.
Enhancing your brand storytelling with big data should also be focused on creating a dialogue."
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"Through better brand storytelling with big data, organizations will be able to not only inspire content that will be shared, but they’ll be considered some of the top thought leaders in their respective industries."

#Storytelling #BigData

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Analytics: Meaning different things to different people

"Analytics is often held up as a killer app for allowing data to be used and visualised by everyone.'
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"Modern data analytics platforms act like a prism, separating a constant stream of data into different colours or views."
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"You may want to analyse and visualise the same data from a number of different perspectives e.g. security, IT, customer, mobile, process."
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"The underlying data is often the same but you need to look at it through a modern data platform to see all the facets of that data and hence extract the maximum value for your business."
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"It often abstracts underlying complexity into data visualisation and analytics."

#DataVisualisation #Analytics

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Adjacent Innovation in the Food Industry

Quick ad-hoc analysis by +Daniel Durrant along with a slideshow on 2016 Consumer Goods Trends provided by +Rotana Ty (good stuff!)

Adjacent Innovation:
Deloitte calls it an effort "to extend a product set or customer base by way of new products or a new set of business for the organization."

Simon Hill, managing director and founder of idea management firm, Wazoku, explains that adjacent innovation "may not be possible for all retailers, as it can be highly complex and failure rates can be high, especially when looking to take existing products to new markets."


Theme: Disrupting Food
Disruptive innovation has been described as "creating something that consumers didn’t realize they needed" It has been said that in the food and beverage category there is less disruptive innovation so much as "incremental progress throughout the supply chain."  Demanding buyers are more informed, with access to apps that provide details about food products and their supply chains. In one report from 2012, a number of disruptive changes were said to be coming to food production technology, primarily due to "increasing population, climate change, rising fossil fuel prices, ecosystem degradation and water and land scarcity are making today's food production methods increasingly unsustainable."

Sources (various via search):
Food disruptive innovation:

Theme: Sales slump
McDonalds' "sales continued to struggle in the first three months of 2015..." Subway's sales have been declining, likely due to increased competition from Chick-fil-A and Chipotle. Frozen food brands have experienced declining sales due to "negative perceptions". Fresh foods are said to be "stealing sales". Yet, Whole Foods, the high-end grocer, has reported declining sales for the first time in six years. Kellogg, known for brands like Pop-Tarts and Frosted Flakes, is also said to have faced declining sales this year. Sales of traditional diet sodas have also been falling.

Sources (various via search):
Food declining sales
Food sales frozen products
Traditional diet sodas:

#DisruptiveInnovation #FoodIndustry #trends 

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Organizations Within

"[E]ach employee has a whole version of the organization within themselves. While employees are parts of the system objectively, they also embody a system. In other words, any one person from the CEO to the front-line employee, holds within themselves a version of the whole organization. However expansive or limited, that representation is formed of their understandings, associations, experiences, and everyday dealings with others. We posit that these ‘inner organizations’ — when understood in combination — are the most real expression of the organization that one can locate. An organization is best understood through the aggregate levels of human experience. These are the organizational ecosystems.

"In this way, there are no organizational structures, but only practices which, overtime, coalesce into the feeling of a structure through repetition. Thus the most vital intervention into an organization is through these ‘inner organizations’ — and that happens from the inside-out."

#BuildResilience #wellbeing #HumanResources

HT +Inma VP

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Going Meta

"Psychologists and educational researchers, for example, stress how metacognition — the awareness and understanding of one’s own thought processes — is integral to enhanced learning and better decisions. Rigorous “thinking about thinking” boosts cognitive capabilities, and framing business competences and aspirations in meta-context invites ingenuity around their fundamentals."
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"Here’s an example: At a professional services firm rolling out KPI dashboards, a breakthrough came when a cross-functional design group and IT considered creating a KPI dashboard to manage KPI dashboards. What literally began as joking comments about “dashboard management” turned into creative debates around designing “master dashboards.” How could disparate KPIs be effectively aggregated and synthesized across the enterprise?

That macro-perspective fundamentally altered the mission. Designing KPI dashboards for KPI dashboards transformed how the team perceived its opportunity to impact top management, as well as individual users."

#DriveInnovation #DecisionMaking #leadership #metacognition

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Having To Be Right Shakes Your Mind

"People are culturally conditioned to have to be right. The parents are right, the teacher is right, the boss is right. Who is right overrules what is right. Couples have huge quarrels about considerations that are forgotten as the struggle for who is right rages on.

Political parties have institutionalized having to be right. How often has a political party welcomed the position of the other side? Imagine if all the energy that goes into trying to prove the other side wrong were channeled into actually thinking about what was best for whatever the dispute is about. Worse, having to be right becomes a barrier to learning and understanding. It keeps you away from growing, for there is no growth without changing, correcting, and questioning yourself.

If you have to be right, you put yourself in a hedged lane, but once you experience the power of not having to be right, you will feel like you are walking across open fields, the perspective wide and your feet free to take any turn."

~ John Naisbitt - Speaker in the area of future studies and author of Megatrends.

#AnticipateChange   #DecisionMaking  

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Human-in-the-loop Computing

"A machine learning model takes a first pass on the data, or every video, image or document that needs labeling. That model also assigns a confidence score, or how sure the algorithm is that it’s making the right judgment. If the confidence score is below a certain value, it sends the data to a human annotator to make a judgment. That new human judgment is used both for the business process and is fed back into the machine learning algorithm to make it smarter. In other words, when the machine isn’t sure what the answer is, it relies on a human, then adds that human judgment to its model."
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"Human-computer interaction is much more important for artificial intelligence than we ever thought. In each case: chess, driving, facebook and ATMs, making sure computers and humans work well together is critical for all of these applications to work. Notably, however, there’s a different interface between the computer and the human in each but it’s the pairing of humans and machine–not the supremacy of one over the other–that yields the best results."

#ArtificialIntelligence   #FutureTechnologies  

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The Inexorable March in the Quantification of Me

Great post by +Julian Stodd 

Wearable technology will transform every aspect of everything we do.

"It will geolocate and contextualise information depending upon who you are with, where you are and what you are doing.

"It will help you achieve that thing you are doing by both pulling in new information and letting you share your story as you learn.

It will move us from formal, abstract, old world models of learning to ‘on demand‘ learning and performance support fit for the Social Age.

"It will ground our learning in facts of performance and support us in changing those facts."

#Lifelogging #Social #OnDemand #Storytelling  
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