Relationship between innovation, consumers and tech maturity

If you work in the field of innovation, you probably sometimes feel like you are living in the future when you have conversations with others. You’re often surrounded by a world of other innovators, who seek to challenge the status quo and shift paradigms.

At the end of the day…

Why you should spend time exploring the problem instead of brainstoming multiple solutions

When most people think of innovation, they visualize the end result, the cool and shiny solution that came out of “trusting the creative process”. The reason Design Thinking has become so famous, is because the methodology can help anyone come up with new and innovative ideas (with the help of…

Comparison with my studio experience

When trying to set up innovation in a corporate environment, it’s important to remember that innovation is all about growth. Anyone who innovates for fear of disruption is pursuing innovation for the wrong reasons in my opinion.

Since everything is measured in financial terms in business, innovation doesn’t have a…

Why original ideas are hard to come by in a corporate environment

Parallels between the Renaissance and today’s innovation era

The 15th to 17th centuries were all about absorbing the artistic innovations of Italian Renaissance. One of Renaissance’s characteristics is humanism, and can be seen in Art of the time which reflects realism and human emotion.
In our era of entrepreneurship and innovation, design thinking is a tool emphasized upon…

How practicing innovation is about developing leadership skills

In the past, innovation typically happened in one of two ways:

  1. Through an R&D department, whose purpose was to help find new and innovative solutions to the company’s challenges. These solutions would help with continuous improvement, but some cutting edge research projects also allowed for market differentiation.
  2. Senior leadership would…

A product innovation use case of designing for inclusion

1. Building empathy

I’ve started learning ASL (American Sign Language) at the beginning of this Fall — you can read more about my insights on how ASL can make you a more inclusive innovator here.

As a designer (an a very empathic human being), part of my interest in taking ASL was to…

Let people find time in their schedules to be curious

There are countless statistics around the fact that most successful and innovative companies can attribute their success to leveraging creativity. …

… And help you build inclusive solutions in the process

I decided to sign up for an ASL (American Sign Language) course, because I am very interested in inclusive design. As a professional in innovation, I find that the perspective of “people with disabilities” is not something that is at the forefront of solutions. …

Knowledge is power, and it’s more powerful when you can apply it.

In the knowledge economy, information is gold. I’m sure many of you spend time reading articles on various news outlets, blogging sites, and thought leadership content sources — I personally love it. I also love receiving interesting content shared by friends, family and colleagues.

However, I don’t believe that reading…

If you landed on this article without context, here is a summary of what I am looking to do: I am running an inclusive design experiment focused on culture — I explain the reason I’m running the project here. In summary, I want to learn more and apply inclusive design…

Suzanne Balima

Strategic innovation designer with interests in various areas of design; leadership;sustainability; ethics of intelligent technologies; diversity and inclusion.

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