Fun Friday Links: Innovation Lessons from LEGOs, CES 2014, and Last Year’s Collaboration Predictions

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Arwen Heredia

January 10, 2014

Welcome to Conspire’s Super Happy Fun Friday Link Time, a weekly collection of cool discoveries from around the Web. Most times the goal is to get you thinking differently about communication, collaboration, culture, and life in general. Other times, LOLCAT ATTACK! Submissions are welcome, and you can send them to for consideration.

Little Changes Matter A Lot — And Other Innovation Lessons From LEGOs

For many of us, LEGOs mean one of two things, and sometimes both: either the best toy ever that you begged your parents for as a child and one that, when give the opportunity, you will still totally play with; or, a menace to bare feet everywhere. But it turns out those plastic, connectable gems have even more to offer, even to those of us dealing in business innovation. From Forbes:

“There are several implications of the LEGO principle. For one thing, a few simple and small changes can result in big new things. Sturt has pointed out that that most innovations aren’t spectacular “outta the box” reinventions or revolutions. Rather, they’re minor twists on the current reality. Innovation most often happens from adding or subtracting one or two pieces that are already in place…

Most people mistakenly assume that creativity is at its peak when there are no rules, no boxes or limits to ground our flights of fancy. The opposite is true. Every problem or every situation that you face implies some limits and constraints. But every problem or situation also offers a metaphorical few squares of LEGO, with the 900 million-plus possibilities.

Read the full article on Forbes.

10 Thoughts on Tech, Trends and Innovation at CES 2014

This year’s International Consumer Electronics Show took place in lively Las Vegas. In this article from Entrepreneur, attendee Jason Fell gives us the dirt on what went down at CES 2014, from meeting ‘glassholes’ to appreciating old-school gadgets and donning wearable tech.

“Sin City is a crazy place. It’s full of bright lights, gambling, lots of booze and a host of extracurricular activities that some would definitely deem morally degrading. But it’s also a lot of fun. Especially when the International Consumer Electronics Show rolls into town. It’s kind of like a microcosm of Las Vegas — all shiny new things, large crowds, big money being spent and the occasional scantily clad marketing woman.”

Read the full article on Entrepreneur.

Collaboration in 2013: What Predictions Came True?

One of the best (and sometimes worst) parts about heading into a new year is reflecting, figuring out where you were a year prior, and determining whether or not your expectations came to life, or came to nothing at all. CMSWire took a look at predictions from 2013 specific to collaboration. New HR tools, 3D printing, and ubiquitous video made the cut, proving that author David Coleman’s conjectures from last year were actually pretty spot-on.

Read the full article on CMSWire.