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Intro to Innovating Through Ritual

Instructor: Jonathon Brown
Innovation Tactics
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The future of innovation is bright, but leaders today are under increased pressure to find winning innovation strategies and there are few avenues to learn how others do it. Far too often, innovation is talked about in big, vague, rhetorical statements that really don't mean anything. Jonathon Brown, Trend Hunter's Chief Growth Officer, has conducted hundreds of interviews with innovation leaders to uncover proven techniques for innovation. Gathered from personal interviews with today's business leaders, this module focuses on reporting actual innovation techniques used in business today.


This module begins with a proven technique for finding new ideas and reveals how Bacardi challenges what they think they know by getting behind the curtain in the unlikeliest of businesses. The Beg, Borrow & Steal program has become a core technique in Bacardi's relentless mission to find their next big idea. It even produced the world's first tea-based spirit.
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Mindful Entrepreneurship
Brands release programs that help users learn about and build businesses
Trend - Between competitive markets and economic instability, entrepreneurship has become more challenging for the average consumer to take on. Programs that help users learn about and navigate the process of building a business (or aspects of it) are becoming popular among aspiring entrepreneurs.
Workshop Question - How could your brand better support employees or customers in their personal pursuits?
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Rewarded Sustainability
Brands and institutions create reward programs for eco-friendly habits
Trend - Businesses and institutions are increasingly incentivizing sustainable consumer habits with programs that reward them when they make eco-conscious decisions. These programs are linked to everything from recycling to shopping.
Workshop Question - How could your brand make sustainable consumption easier for its customers?
7.5
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Digitized Card
Digital business cards make trading contact information simpler
Trend - Brands are digitizing business cards as the practice of handing out physical cards becomes less and less common. The trading of contact information virtually can be done via scanning an NFC tag or QR code.
Workshop Question - How has your brand adapted to changed consumer behaviors?
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Brand Activist
Influencers are replaced by representatives of social change in online campaigns
Trend - The pandemic ushered in varying degrees of change, including a political reckoning wherein the idea of activism became more mainstream and social media-friendly. Brands looking to participate in these conversations in a way that goes beyond lip service are doing so by replacing influencers with known activists.
Workshop Question - What is a cause that is important to your brand, and how can you become more vocal and active about it?
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All-Natural Nootropics
Brands are optimizing nootropic drinks with free-from formulas & packaging
Trend - Brands are looking to cater to wellness-minded consumers with new, free-from, and plant-based nootropic beverages. Besides the absence of sugar, caffeine, and synthetics, companies are making these drinks available in modern and minimalist packaging.
Workshop Question - How can your brands better support consumers in their day-to-day?
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Reskilling Workers
Brands help retrain out-of-work individuals amid the COVID-19 pandemic
Trend - In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, brands and governments are launching free initiatives to connect out of work individuals with retraining opportunities to find new job opportunities. These include scholarships, digital courses, and seminars.
Workshop Question - How is your brand supporting struggling customers?
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Antiviral Textile
Antiviral properties infused into textiles have become more popular
Trend - The COVID-19 pandemic has brought on a greater focus on personal hygiene, and brands are taking this to the next level with antiviral textiles that combat potential viruses as they're worn or used.
Workshop Question - Which newly emerged consumer habits will likely have a long-term impact on your brand?
5.7
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Smart Factory
Manufacturing tech is increasing productivity, efficiency, and customer experience
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Workshop Question - How can your brand utilize smart tech to enhance manufacturing?
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Mouthed Gesture
Designers are exploring sensory technology that is controlled by the mouth
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Workshop Question - How can your brand make your product more accessible than it already is?
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Appified Side-Hustle
Tech brands are incorporating side hustle-specific features in their apps
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Workshop Question - How can your brand help individuals multi-task?
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