Amelia Johannsen is a digital communications professional working on a variety of projects internationally. She is passionate about functional design and collaborative innovation used to create a more compassionate and sustainable world. As a freelance writer, she contributes to projects such as, The Green Exchange and Friki Fish, while her free time is best spent traveling and in the pottery studio. Feel free to connect on Linkedin.



Book Review: Innovation Abyss

Dr. Chris DeArmitt says he’s tired of hearing people constantly talk about improving innovation methods and efforts, only to find that no real innovation is actually taking place. He also suggests that books on innovation are generally written by theorists and academics; people with no hands-on experience and no real value to contribute to the actual practice of innovation. So who can tell us what’s actually going on?

2019-10-15T15:25:50-07:00July 6th, 2017|Categories: Book Review|Tags: |

Creative Strength Training

Creativity: a highly sought-after skill which can be illusive in times of need. The big question is what can we do about it? Whether you’re a professional artist, dancer, comedian, scientist, inventor or entrepreneur, you will experience the highs and lows, inspiration, frustration, self-criticism, doubt, and problem solving within your personal creative process. In the end, we’re all bringing something new into the world and hoping it will find its place and be well-received by others.

2019-10-15T15:24:32-07:00February 3rd, 2017|Categories: Book Review|Tags: |

Inspiring Business Lessons from the World’s Greatest Thinkers and Innovators

Otto von Bismarck once said, “Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others.” In Paul Sloane’s latest book, Think Like an Innovator, you will learn from the struggles and accomplishments of 76 of the world’s greatest thinkers: artists, business leaders, geniuses, inventors, mavericks, pioneers, scientists and visionaries.

2019-10-15T15:23:14-07:00December 7th, 2016|Categories: Book Review|Tags: |

A New Approach to a Longstanding Team Building Tool

After dedicating his professional career to teaching team building in companies followed by fifteen years of travelling the world to teach people about the DISC model, author and keynote speaker Merrick Rosenberg continues his mission in a new book that takes a more playful approach to personal assessment and learning behavioral differences.

2019-10-15T15:23:25-07:00October 11th, 2016|Categories: Book Review|Tags: |

Practical Guide for Decision-Makers and Problem-Solvers

Corporate managers and entrepreneurs alike are accustomed to making tough decisions and seeking out the best possible solutions to everyday problems. It comes with the territory, but it’s not inherently easy. In order to reach a leadership position or own a company you probably have a knack for decision-making, but when the future of a business depends on the outcome, it’s important to reduce cognitive biases and calculate carefully.

2019-10-15T15:23:33-07:00August 11th, 2016|Categories: Book Review|Tags: |

A New Disruptive Paradigm

Let’s face it, running a business in today’s world is a formidable endeavor: change and disruption have become the new norm. In an effort to keep up, innovation is at the top of every executive’s priority list and new innovation methodologies, training and strategies are available every day. But is all the hype really helpful while Western businesses and policy-makers are working under an outdated paradigm?

2019-10-15T15:23:34-07:00July 21st, 2016|Categories: Book Review|Tags: |

Innovation & Ideation for Designers (and their Public)

In today’s crowded marketplace a new product is only as good as its packaging and marketing campaigns. How can you make it stand out from the competition? How can you update the design of your product without alienating your customer? The new book “Creative Anarchy: How to Break the Rules of graphic Design for Creative Success” provides ideation techniques and creative tools to push boundaries and expectations while preserving the function and message of the design.

2019-10-15T15:21:17-07:00April 9th, 2015|Categories: Book Review|Tags: |