Old Is the New New

The Idea Engine has launched a new product. It’s catching on. And it’s led to a lot of work for our fearless Idea Engineers, which is good for business, but bad for their Happy Hour attendance patterns. On the 10th floor of 1050 Connecticut Ave., the Idea Engineers alternate between huddling over their computers and…

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Name That Downturn!

In trying to give today’s economy some historical context, many have cited the Great Depression. We’re guilty of it, as is the media at large. After all, it’s the biggest, most impressive example of financial failure around—and one that most people, even those who dozed through history in high school, have heard of. But it’s…

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Old Is the New New

ESTABLISHING SHOT of an outdoor sidewalk café near Foggy Bottom. EXT. CAFÉ – WASHINGTON, D.C.Intrepid Idea Engineer Christian has coffee with a management consultant friend. In Washington, it’s often humid. And the humidity isn’t just a climatological phenomenon; it’s a character in the town’s ongoing drama. In fact, it’s a character named Shirley. CHRISTIAN Wow….

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Book: The Sequel

Despite the occasional, hysterical headline about the death of the book as we know it—usually with a reference to the runaway success of Amazon.com’s Kindle digital book display—there has never been a better time to leverage your organization’s heritage in the form of a book. Self-serving? Of course. For you as well as for me….

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Going Public

Although I’ve lived in the same town for four years now, I have yet to step foot in our public library. On the other hand, in the past couple of years I’ve been to quite a few libraries around the country where I’ve conducted business meetings or put some time in during a “working vacation.”…

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