Silicon Valley Innovation Institute Program: How Can Visual Thinking Aid Innovation?

Silicon Valley Innovation Institute (SVII)

“First Wednesday” Innovation Society Meeting

November 5, 2008
6:00 – 9:30 pm

How Can Visual Thinking Aid Innovation?

Robert E. Horn, Guest Speaker
Stanford University

Join us as Robert Horn shares with us powerful examples of innovation visualizations — from Leonardo da Vinci to contemporary innovative work. Together, we will explore how these examples illustrate the power of vision and visualization in a wide range of innovation fields.

Bob is a political scientist with a special interest in policy communication, social learning, and knowledge management, with specialties in biotechnology and national security affairs. He was CEO of Information Mapping, Inc. an international consulting firm which he founded after years of interdisciplinary research and practice. He has taught at Harvard, Columbia, and Sheffield universities. He is currently a visiting scholar at Stanford University’s Human Science and Technology Advanced Research Institute (H-STAR).

The subjects of Bob’s innovation visualization projects over the years range from visual analytics for public policy (strategic science, national missile defense, genetically modified food), to NSF’s “human cognome” initiative, to analyzing a variety of what he calls “social messes”. His latest book, Visual Language: Global Communication for the 21st Century, shows how the wide gulf between the verbal and visual worlds is at last being bridged by the tight integration of words and images into a “visual language.”

Invite your friends and colleagues, and join us for the SVII Innovation Society 2008-2009 Series. Don’t miss this visually insightful evening. See you there!

New Program Schedule:

6:00 Networking

6:45 Community Buffet Dinner

7:30 Feature Presentation

8:30 Showing Up in support of Innovation—participants share Innovation stories and concerns (optional).

9:30 Closing

Event fee – $30. Pay at the meeting or use PayPal.

Drinks are available on a no-host basis.


Bay Cafe, Bayshore Ballroom

1875 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto

Drive down 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.

Restaurant direct line: 650-856-0999

Please be sure to RSVP at

Need to reach us at the last minute? Call 415-307-0645.

SVII “First Wednesday” — Upcoming Programs:

December 3:

“Accent on Execution” — Kimberly Wiefling, Principal, Wiefling Consulting

January 7, 2009:

“Perspectives from a Silicon Valley Innovation Watcher” — Tom Foremski, Founder, Publisher and Editor,

Keep checking here for program updates.

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