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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Any of You at the CoDev Conference in Scottsdale Next Week?

Excited to be speaking at a cool conference in Arizona next week, the CoDev 2009 Conference on open innovation. I'll get there a day early to do a little photography and visit the family of my "greenie trainer" from my mission in German-speaking Switzerland and attend their ward. Awesome! Just wondering if any of you will be in town for CoDev or for one of the other conferences at the same time.

If you're in the Phoenix area, are there any interesting LDS events I should consider attending? Always curious. I understand the Mesa Temple is closed for repairs. Too bad! Last year at the same conference I ran into an amazing photo exhibition - and ended up buying the book. Details later....

Anybody have tips on great places for photography in Phoenix? Interesting cityscapes, landscapes, industrial scenes, you name it. Believe it or not, one of my recent themes that I really enjoy is partially burned out neon signs that convey unintended messages. Phoenix was a treasure trove for such esoteric shots last time I was there, and I expect more great finds this year, especially in light of current economic conditions.

At the conference, I'll be giving essentially my first public presentation on a new paradigm for innovation in which we turn the old "funnel of innovation" model upside down, transforming it into a French horn. The things I've learned about the French horn from one of my very musical sons, coupled with some fascinating tidbits from its development, physics, and modern techniques, offer rich metaphors for targeted "just in-tune" innovation. The material on "handstopping" and its relationship to iterative innovation and inventor-inclusive feedback loops is really fun. The Horn of Innovation™ model is something that gets a whole chapter in the book coming out later this year, Conquering Innovation Fatigue by Jeffrey Dean Lindsay, Cheryl Perkins, and Mukund Karanjikar (John Wiley and Sons, 2009 - probably June/July 2009). What? No, of course I'm not promoting anything here. Why do you ask?? I'm just networking.

If you want to tell me anything about Phoenix/Scottsdale/Mesa/Gilbert etc. or are in the area, send me a note at jeff at jefflindsay d0t c0m.

10 comments:

Connie said...

Jeff,
gotta come up to red rock country, Sedona if you are in the state. Beautiful landscape and one of the most photographed areas in the World. It's about 100 miles north of Phoenix, a easy and pretty drive!
Paul
YM Pres.
Sedona Ward

Cory said...

Sunday night at 7pm at the ASU Institute building there is a seminar on Egyptian Papyrus Documents and Early Christianity by Dr. Stephen Bay. Should check it out. I'll wave if I see you there.

Mormanity said...

Whoa, that's exactly the kind of thing I was hoping to find! I'll probably be there, if possible. You might find me outside talking to the protesters -- or is Arizona one of those tolerant states?

Scott and Jillian said...

We live in Peoria, but I don't know of anything exciting to tell you about, 'cause we've only lived there since August. But, we could go 'do lunch' or something, if you'd like.

Kent (MC) said...

Cory, I'm glad you posted that. I just added it to MormonConferences.org so hopefully more people find out about it.

Cory said...

@Kent (MC): I love the MormonConferences.org idea. Just subscribed to the calendar. Thanks!

@Mormanity: Great, I'll see you there. AZ has its share of Antis. I wonder if this is going to be a little to obscure for them though. They tend to haunt around the temple during the annual events.

Brian Duffin said...

You should ride the Metro light rail when you come to town. It will provide you with some good photo opportunities.

Arizonan said...

Mesa Temple closed? Not that I'm aware of. Just attended there 3 days ago. Where are you getting that info from?

MarkS said...

Arizonan is right, according to the lds.org site for the Mesa temple, their first extended closing isn't till the end of March.

Mormanity said...

Scott and Jillian, would love to stop by, if time permits. Saturday, perhaps? Rest of the week will be something of a blur....