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Think Quarterly: The Innovation Issue

In this issue of Think Quarterly, we focus on Innovation. Where can you break molds and shape the future? We hope this gives you inspiration, insight, and some new ideas of your own.

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    The Eight Pillars of Innovation

    How does a company like Google continue to grow exponentially while still staying innovative? Susan Wojcicki, Google's Senior Vice President of Advertising, discusses some of the processes and principles in place to make sure that the company doesn't get bogged down in the past as it keeps moving forward.

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    Insights with Sir Martin Sorrell

    WPP Chief Executive Sir Martin Sorrell oversees operations in over 100 countries and a workforce of thousands. He's an evangelist for the new technologies shaping our world - not as a geek or a gadget freak, but as the hardest of hardheaded businessmen. In this wide-ranging interview, he discusses his approach to marketing, technology, and the changes affecting the business world.

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    Route to 2015

    What changes will digital innovation bring to marketing over the next few years? Google's Senior Vice President of Americas Sales, Dennis Woodside, peers into the future of advertising and tells us to expect mobile payments, more two-way interaction between marketer and customer, and real-time everything.

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    The Science Fiction Behind Search

    What used to be science fiction is now everyday reality in the world of search. Here, Google Fellow Amit Singhal takes a moment to marvel at the incredible capabilities search has brought us, and what we can expect in the future.

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    Sci-Fi That Foretold The Future

    What was sci-fi yesterday is reality today, as innovations we once saw only in movies have become commonplace technology. Google's Allison Mooney points out some examples of gadgets and concepts that originated in science-fiction, but can now be found in everyday life.

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    Practical Magic

    Innovation for one technology often ends up powering other, unrelated technologies, creating something new and unexpected. That's the view of Russell Davies, Head of Planning at Ogilvy & Mather, a believer in the Internet of Things, where true innovation springs from "mucking about" rather than thinking deeply.

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    Next Gen Innovators

    What does innovation mean in a truly digital world? Meet five thought leaders whose worldviews have been fundamentally shaped by the digital revolution. Wired, ambitious and truly global, they are breaking down old barriers and reshaping the worlds of business, media, art, and activism with their passion and creative innovation.

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    Missions that Matter

    Google looks for employees with passion and drive. What we've found is that these qualities usually include a desire to use technology to make the world a better place. So we encourage these "intrapreneurs'" to develop and sell their ideas to the larger team, a great many of which end up being developed into successful ventures. Here we discuss the culture that allows for such innovations and some of the most important ones so far.

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    Favorite Innovations

    Innovation - what does it mean? How do you inspire it? And which innovations are poised to make the biggest impact? We spoke to some of today's most important industry leaders and asked them to share the innovations they're most excited about.

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    The Knowledge: Hannah Jones

    Hannah Jones, VP of Sustainable Business and Innovation at Nike, picks her top 10 things that show when fundamental transformation meets disruptive innovation.

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    Time for Change with Peter Sachse

    Macy's didn't wait to embrace the digital revolution, and now they have the sales to prove it. Peter Sachse, CMO of Macy's and CEO of macys.com, explains how the retail giant is developing a profile of Customer 2.0, while also preparing to tame the mobile frontier.

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    The Pursuit of APIness

    Today's web and apps reflect inspiration and innovation that then inspire others to innovate. Google's Allison Mooney delves into the world of APIs, applications that build on the functionality of an existing web service, as examples of the way technological advances just keep on giving.

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    Room to Think

    We all know of forward-looking companies taking bold steps to create workspaces that allow for productivity while also fueling inspiration. But how far is too far? Innovation consultant Kursty Groves offers a practical guide to transforming your office space into a place that wears its heart on the wall.

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    Innovation Spaces

    What kind of physical spaces provide the best environments for innovation to flourish? We asked three creative companies to share their workplace innovation secrets and descibe what makes them so perfectly suited to fostering creativity.

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    Transgressive Man

    Ray Kurzweil believes that innovations in biogenetics and nanotechnology are creating a new future for humanity, leading toward a future event he calls the Singularity, in which man and machine finally merge. We catch up with the man himself, as well as some of his skeptics, to find out what the controversy is all about.