"Kim Chandler McDonald offers fresh (and brash) voices of unexpected innovators who will delight and inspire people everywhere to find their own creative spark in a "me-conomy" of new possibilities."
(Rosabeth Moss Kanter Management and Leadership Professor, Harvard Business School
"When reading Innovation, it's not hard to imagine the incredibly busy schedules of its contributors and readers, and see the purpose of the book's delicious bite-sized chunks of ideas, experiences and insights that may be savored in moments of respite or over a lazy weekend afternoon. It offers a glimpse into an organic global order - the roots, branches and leaves of innovation - that is shaping humanity's future, and the requisite tending and shaping of ideas that is necessary to continue to make innovation meaningful, and not just an overplayed buzzword."
(Brad Smith Founder of WebVisions
contains hundreds of fascinating thoughts about how true innovation occurs in the real world. Too many books on the subject matter are fullof fluff and hyperbole, while never saying anything worth while. However, Kim delivers on her promises and provides useful insight through the lens of others."
(Seth Kravitz, Chicagoan Cofounder of Technori, Bow Truss Coffee Roasters and Strange Pelican Brewery
"It's a fun read, but be careful, before you know it, you'll be learning, and forming new concepts about innovation that you have never been thought of before. I found that the style used in the book, created a synergy between my own thoughts, the authors, and her guests. ...No doubt, you'll find yourself referring back to this book over and over again."
(Val Workman Principle Consultant, pmNerds
“We can generalize all we like about innovation, but in the end it boils down to people. Some famous, some not. Some whose efforts shift the world, some whose seismic impacts are on the micro scale. What unites them is the gift to see round corners and press on when more rational (ahem) persons hold back. Here are sharply-focused interviews with these doers and some keen observers. I've read them to my profit, and so will you.”
(Nigel Cameron, Strategic Adviser President of the Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies in Washington, DC
“The importance of innovative thought and the collaboration of ideas and inspiration is at the forefront of this collection of interviews and essays. The range of business expertise and acumen is extensive; however it’s important that Kim has also included award winning young people who illustrate that students have great potential and strive for excellence in a wide range of fields that benefit business and society alike. By including these young people and highlighting the non-cognitive skills they deployed to drive change, the book becomes a bridge to discussion among a wide range of ages and interests.”
(Sarah Berghorst Executive Director at OneGoal
"!nnovation is more than a collection of interviews. ...McDonald has an ability to ask the right questions to elicit intriguing, insightful answers from her subjects. Her added skill is in editing the interviews and excerpting the most meaningful portions to include in the book. ...!nnovation is a book that will offer readers the rare opportunity to learn firsthand about the kinds of innovations that are changing our world from the revolutionaries who are behind them. By creating and sharing such a unique collection of interviews, McDonald has done an invaluable service to readers, advancing our understanding of innovation." Read the full review here.
(Barry Silverstein ForeWord Reviews
“The book is a gallery of bright and brilliant innovation stories in our GDE-Global Digital Economy and Me-conomics. It is full of inspiring interviews as well as mind-stimulating ‘Quizzics’. It is demonstrating that the future is in navigating the innovative ecosystems generated by the renewal of National Intellectual Capital, as well as leveraging/embracing the innovative Intellectual Capital multiplier effects of ICT innovation at the enterprise level. Happy Reading!”
(Leif Edvinsson World's First Professor on Intellectual Capital
"Succeeds in being visionary and pragmatic at the same time. Filled with valuable insights and grounded advice. Gives you an urge to improve everything around you - which is the essence of innovation."
(Saku Tuominen Founder of Idealist Group and Dreamdo
“Kim Chandler McDonald has underlined not just how important innovation is to us presently, but how integral it will be to us in the future - both in the short term and long term. It is not often that a book appears which reaches across so many frontiers of experience and expertise as it extends an inter-generational bridge between such a wide range of ideas, inspirations and innovational thinking. I would suggest this book be core reference reading for any student of innovation and entrepreneurship - whether they are leading up to university study, in a graduate program, or partaking in the university of life.”
(Sandy Carter IBM General Manager and Social Business Evangelist
"Innovation is boundless, borderless and vital to a vibrant, creative and prosperous society. Kim Chandler McDonald illustrates this compellingly by bringing together more than 100 international thought-leaders, highlighting the triumphs and obstacles behind real-world, world-class innovation."
(Henry F. De Sio, Jr 2008 Obama for America COO, Former Deputy Assistant to President Barack Obama
"I think Kim’s approach of obtaining perspectives about Innovation from real people out there doing Innovation is brilliant! ...Kim lived up to her promise within the introduction, where she says, “On the way I will introduce you to innovators who have broken the mould, led the pack, and moved their own particular mountains in fields as diverse as business and technology, engineering and education, government and social policy, media, medicine and more.” Kim’s book stimulated my thoughts and gave me ideas on what I should focus on to be more innovative and how to innovate with others beyond the boundaries of my own environment. This book is an excellent resource for those looking to improve and expand their innovation processes and thoughts."
(Cathy Liggett Portfolio Management Solutions Sales Director at ProModel Corporation
General interest, managers, executives and leaders
"I have never encountered such a useful compendium of lessons learned and personal insights about innovators. Kim Chandler McDonald...has covered an incredible breath of industries, expertise, and subsequently, the thoughtful generations of knowledge mavens who are now triggering more innovation and creativity where they think and play. ..Being an educator and knowledge activist, I was particularly taken by Kim's interviews with thought leaders in Higher Education. I appreciated one of Kim's interview questions with Adam Glick: "So should education be a business?" As many of us who are attempting to innovate in higher ed survey the broken educational landscape, few institutions can be identified as embracing the transformative changes that need to take place. If making high education a "business" can speed up the transformation and provide a more tangible business value proposition to students, then I would throw my lot into that emerging industry. ...Bring a smile to your face! Read these inspiring personal stories and extraordinary narratives."
(Michael Sutton Associate Professor, Gore School of Business at Westminster College
“The personal insights shared by the innovators who were interviewed explore the core concepts underlying innovation and the skills that will define success in the increasingly competitive global digital economy. With its enhanced eBook/online format, !nnovation
is a great read and an intriguing interactive experience!”
(Francine Gordon, Ph.D. CEO of Womenovation
How to emulate the global pioneers whose ideas and products have transformed their fields