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Innovation in Action: The Dinner Lab

9 Nov

The Dinner Lab has turned dining out into a very unique and fun occasion. It is “a place to discover what’s possible. Our nomadic dining experience invites members to try new recipes from rotating chefs and give feedback. The dinners are held in unique spaces that exist for only 24 hours, the company is diverse and adventurous and the chefs come from some of the world’s best restaurants.”

Today, Dinner Lab operates in more than 30 cities throughout the United States. Click here to see if your city is served. Following is a chart from the company’s Web site explaining how it works. [Click on the chart to access a larger version.] After the chart, there is a video by the New Yorker.


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The Art and Science of Advertising Messages

3 Nov

Here is an interesting infographic on “Adverscience: Harnessing Science to Enhance Ad Creative” by Celtra:

“This infographic shows how our brains perceive, and respond to ads. The impact of design on the brain is far more powerful than most people realize. When building a creative ad there, has to be a perfect balance between the art and the science of creative messaging to induce the right emotions and make it memorable.”

Take a look. :-)


Is Toyota Going Back to the Future — Or the Past?

20 Oct

From 1985 to 1990, Universal released three Back to the Future movies starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd. These three films grossed about $960 million in worldwide revenue (which would amount to about $2 billion in current dollars).

In honor of the series’ thirtieth anniversary, Toyota has just introduced a video featuring Fox and Lloyd in conjunction with its new Mirai. As Digital Trends reports:

“Toyota has reunited Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd for a special Back to the Future-themed video, in honor of the 30th anniversary of the film, and the launch of Toyota’s Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle. This is just a teaser and the full video will go live on Oct. 21, 2015, the date the Mirai goes on sale. That also happens to be the date where Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) and Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) travel to in Back to the Future Part II. The teaser doesn’t really show it, but the full video will promote the Mirai and it’s ‘futuristic’ technology.”

“In the video, Fox and Lloyd chat about what technologies the film series assumed would be realities and what are actually realities today.”

How effective do YOU think this nostalgia campaign will be?


Take a look at the teaser video below.



Bob Dylan and Watson

7 Oct

Bob Dylan is a true rock legend, with such mega-hits as “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “Like a Rolling Stone,” and “Mr. Tambourine Man.Watson is, well, an IBM  supercomputer,  which won a special Jeopardy Tournament of Champions against humans. According to IBM, “Watson is built to mirror the same learning process that we have—through the power of cognition. What drives this process is a common cognitive framework that humans use to inform their decisions: Observe, Interpret, Evaluate, and Decide.”

To position Watson as more likable, IBM has produced and advertised a number of short videos with celebrities — such as the one below with Bob Dylan.



Clever Innovations from Entrepreneurs: A Video

21 Sep

Entrepreneurs can be quite inventive. For seven examples, take a look at this YouTube video. It has been viewed more than 3.5 million times!!

After viewing the video, what lessons have YOU learned? Which is your favorite product of the seven? Why?



Lego: Innovation and Sustainability Can Co-Exist

18 Sep

Lego is the maker of the popular wood and plastic building blocks and toys, and the inspiration behind last year’s highly successful Lego movie. LEGO “is a privately held, family-owned company with headquarters in Billund, Denmark, and main offices in Enfield, USA, London, UK, Shanghai, China, and Singapore. Founded in 1932 by Ole Kirk Kristiansen, and based on the iconic LEGO® brick, it is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of play materials.”

Take a look at the video below to see how LEGO is creatively combining both innovation and sustainability.


The WWE Really Knows How to Give Back to the Community

21 Aug

The WWE, the extremely popular wrestling company, has avid fans who attend the firm’s wrestling matches and watch its many cable TV shows. It also has detractors who pan the “fake” nature of the matches and its glorification of certain over-the-top activities.

But the WWE certainly scores a 10+ for its involvement in the community, especially with the Make-A-Wish Foundation — a nonprofit organization with “tens of thousands of volunteers, donors, and supporters who advance the Make-A-Wish vision to grant the wish of every child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition. In the United States and its territories, on average, a wish is granted every 37 minutes.”

WWE’s efforts on behalf of the Make-a-Wish Foundation were recently highlighted by

“On Monday August 24, 2015, WWE’s wrestler John Cena will become the first celebrity to grant 500 wishes in Make-A-Wish Foundation history. ‘I just drop everything,’ Cena said. ‘If I can offer a fantastic experience, I’ll be first in line to do my part.’ Cena granted his first wish in 2004, about two years after his WWE debut. As he soared toward the top of the wrestling world, so did his popularity with Make-A-Wish children. He granted his 300th wish in 2012 and hit 400 in 2014. He was the first celebrity to reach those milestones. ‘They certainly deserve a day as a real kid,’ Cena said.”

“The 38-year-old Cena is following a WWE tradition of granting wishes. The organization has granted more than 6,000 wishes to meet WWE superstars or attend its live shows. The tradition started in the early 1980s with Hulk Hogan being the most requested. Nearly 50 wrestlers have granted wishes since 2001. With WWE chief brand officer Stephanie McMahon on hand, the sports entertainment company made a $1 million commitment to Make-A-Wish at a recent event.”

“Many families stay in touch with Cena, sometimes writing that the time spent helped turn the child’s attitude and physical condition around. He also receives heartfelt, thankful letters for brightening days for children who eventually died.”

To read more of the ESPN story, click the image.



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