What Makes Innovation Stick?

Turning Vision into Value

If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area, or if you’re visiting, please invite your friends and colleagues and join us for the Silicon Valley Innovation Institute’s Innovation Society 2010 Series…

SVII “First Wednesday” Innovation Society Meeting
April 7th, 2010
6:00 – 9:30 p.m.

Program: What Makes Innovation Stick?

Guest Speaker: Ken Ketch

Of course innovation occurs, but what sticks—and the effects of innovation—are always unpredictable. Creating innovation that sticks is hard work! “The path of least resistance” most often prevails. Despite the popular view that we live in a complex, high technology world where innovation is accepted, the facts are that behavioral patterns run deep, and most innovation fails.

In this interactive session we will explore three important questions about innovation:

1) What stimulates innovation to occur?

2) What is necessary for innovation to stick?

3) Why does innovation often not stick?

Participants should bring their laptops to this session. There will be web-based software available to interactively explore these questions through the collective intelligence of all participants. Guest Speaker Ken Ketch has studied these questions and has worked with many clients to improve their planning and innovation processes. Ken will lead participants through a process based on collaborative intelligence to identify answers to these questions.

Ken Ketch is a serial entrepreneur and innovator and serial entrepreneur who has founded, managed and sold several manufacturing and retail companies and has also served as CEO of two publicly traded companies.

He founded the Sound Room, a high-end audio chain in 1968, and a retail computer chain in 1977. The Sound Room was named Dealer of the Year many times because of the retail innovation that his team created. The computer stores were an early Apple Dealer and the first IBM PC dealer. Ken sold his audio and computer stores in 1983 and then served as CEO of O’Neill until 1991, where he assembled and led a team through a period of dramatic growth and innovation.

He also founded MontBell Sportswear in 1990 and sold it to Land’s End in 1996. He then joined Catalyst Consulting as a partner and led a team to create GroupMind Express, a decision-support software application, which was launched as an ASP service in 1997. Ken is currently founding partner in GroupMind Solutions, CEO of Elements Manufacturing, on the Board of the Association for Strategic Planning.

Program Schedule

6:00 Arrival and networking
6:45 Community buffet dinner
7:15 SVII Business: Howard Richard Lieberman, Chairman of SVII
7:30 Feature Presentation: What Makes Innovation Stick?
8:30 Follow-up discussion: Showing Up as an Innovation Advocate.
9:30 Closing

Event fee: $35 drop-ins, and $25 members.

Drinks are available on a no-host basis.

Please be sure to RSVP at friends@svii.org.

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Memberships have recently become available and can also be purchased using the same secure PayPal cart below.

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1875 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto

Embarcadero East, past Ming’s, turn left into the Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course; from the parking lot, walk up the wide path toward the golf course buildings; the restaurant will be on the right.

Archives and Outlook

For developing Archives, check out the
SVII “First Wednesday”
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SVII Society Online.

Stay in Touch

For more information, and to join the list, email friends@svii.org. Plan to join the SVII Innovation Society each “first Wednesday” of the month.

Keep checking here for program updates.
SVII is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization.

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