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10 Ways The Beanstalk Creative™ Design Thinking Workshop develops 21st Century Competencies

Posted by on Dec 4, 2014 in Commentaries | 0 comments

10 Ways The Beanstalk Creative™ Design Thinking Workshop develops 21st Century Competencies

PREAMBLES: THE STORY OF DAME GILLIAN BARBARA LYNNE Best known for her work for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musicals Cats (1981), The Phantom of the Opera (1986) and Aspects of Love (1990), Gillian Barbara Lynne, ballerina, dancer, theatre director and choreographer was made Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) on the 2014 New Year Honours List. Lynne’s gift for dancing was discovered by a doctor. She had been underperforming at school, so her mother took her to the doctor and explained about her fidgeting and lack of focus. After hearing everything her mother said,...

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Four Great Innovations Past and Present: Four Disruptive Players from Four Different Industries and How They did it – Part Three Velcro

Posted by on Aug 8, 2014 in Commentaries | 0 comments

Four Great Innovations Past and Present: Four Disruptive Players from Four Different Industries and How They did it – Part Three Velcro

In our July 7th commentary piece, we shared what Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam had said at the DBS Asian Insights Conference on 4th Jul 2014.   Mr Shanmugaratnam had said that it was unlikely that Singapore would ever return to the formula of relying on cheap labour for its competitiveness.  Instead, Singaporean corporations and businesses must rely on an innovative culture within the organisation to spearhead productivity and innovation to outperform the competition. We listed in another earlier article “4 Signs Why your Business will need to Innovate in the New Economy” four...

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Four Great Innovations Past and Present: Four Disruptive Players from Four Different Industries and How They did it – Part Two Rainbow Loom

Posted by on Aug 7, 2014 in Commentaries | 0 comments

Four Great Innovations Past and Present: Four Disruptive Players from Four Different Industries and How They did it – Part Two Rainbow Loom

In our July 7th commentary piece, we shared what Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam had said at the DBS Asian Insights Conference on 4th Jul 2014.   Mr Shanmugaratnam had said that it was unlikely that Singapore would ever return to the formula of relying on cheap labour for its competitiveness.  Instead, Singaporean corporations and businesses must rely on an innovative culture within the organisation to spearhead productivity and innovation to outperform the competition. We listed in another earlier article “4 Signs Why your Business will need to Innovate in the New Economy” four...

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Four Great Innovations Past and Present: Four Disruptive Players from Four Different Industries and How They did it – Part One Mazda MX5

Posted by on Jul 30, 2014 in Commentaries | 0 comments

Four Great Innovations Past and Present: Four Disruptive Players from Four Different Industries and How They did it – Part One Mazda MX5

In our previous July 7th commentary piece, we shared what Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam had said at the DBS Asian Insights Conference on 4th Jul 2014.   Mr Shanmugaratnam had said that it was unlikely that Singapore would ever return to the formula of relying on cheap labour for its competitiveness.  Instead, Singaporean corporations and businesses must rely on an innovative culture within the organisation to spearhead productivity and innovation to outperform the competition. We listed in another earlier article “4 Signs Why your Business will need to Innovate in the New Economy”...

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Tharman Shanmugaratnam: Singapore needs DISRUPTIVE PLAYERS to move from an upper-middle-income economy to a truly advanced economy

Posted by on Jul 7, 2014 in Commentaries | 0 comments

Tharman Shanmugaratnam: Singapore needs DISRUPTIVE PLAYERS to move from an upper-middle-income economy to a truly advanced economy

    Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam said at the DBS Asian Insights Conference on 4th Jul 2014, that Singapore needs more “disruptive players in every sector” – companies and people who seek different ways to do business without relying on more manpower. Mr Tharman left no doubt, that the government will continue to keep manpower tight in the future and that the only way companies can remain competitive, is to innovate. This underscores the first point in our earlier article “4 Signs Why your Business will need to Innovate in the New Economy” where we listed...

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4 Signs Why your Business will need to Innovate in the New Economy

Posted by on Jun 6, 2014 in Commentaries | 0 comments

4 Signs Why your Business will need to Innovate in the New Economy

On March 4th, 2014, Nominated MP Janice Koh, speaking in parliament, urged the government for deeper changes in the education system to promote creative thinking as well as more support for the creative industries, to prepare Singapore for long-term quality growth based on innovation. While Nominated MP Janice Koh’s argument for more creativity in school and support for the creative industry is not new: i) Rudolf Arnheim put forth his argument for more creativity in education in his book “Visual Thinking” in 1969; Edward de Bono similarly did so in his book “lateral...

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