Behavior design: van slimme gebouwen via IKEA-hacking naar gezonde medewerkers

Verslag van de eerste Behavior Design Meetup

by WILBERT BAAN, SOMEHOW AMSTERDAM 01 OKTOBER 2013

Afgelopen donderdag vond de eerste editie van de Behavior Design Meetup plaats. Somehow organiseert deze serie meetups samen met Info.nl/labs. Behavior design is het vakgebied waarbij we gedrag proberen aan te passen door middel van ontwerpbeslissingen. Met de opkomst van draagbare technologie en sensoren is dit actueler dan ooit. In een wereld waarin steeds meer data wordt opgevangen van gedrag, is het interessant hoe hier mee om te gaan. Behavior design is daarin een geëigend middel.

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The Evil Twin Of Operational Excellence

Posted on October 3, 2013 by Costas Papaikonomou

Operational Excellence – the mantra that came into fashion in the early nineties of the previous century and one that is still fanatically preached across the globe. This is the world of Lean, Six Sigma, 5s, TQM. It assumes businesses thrive by being operationally perfect.

Paradoxically, many of the process superstars that grew to dominate their markets through Operational Excellence have fallen prey to its stillborn twin: Systemic Inertia. In a quest to raise profitability and short term reward, companies everywhere have been over-optimizing their business processes and ignoring an ancient planning truth: plan 80% with rigor and cunning, then leave 20% flexible for the Unpredictable. Scary stuff, because it requires reserving expensive resources that may end up not being used at all. Even worse, it may be abused in the most anti-operational horror known to process designers: improvisation.

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About Reshoring and Off-shoring Trends in US and Europe

The Truth About Reshoring, Productivity, And Today’s Manufacturer

Fri, 10/04/2013 – 11:50am by Jim Shepherd , Plex Systems

There’s been a lot of buzz about the reshoring of American manufacturing business that had previously been lost to other regions. The talk seems to center on three areas:

Is reshoring actually happening?
Are we really going to make up for all the jobs lost to countries with lower-cost labor, primarily India and China?
What can we learn from success stories in order to achieve more reshoring?

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Offshoring and Reshoring trends: European data

September 27, 2013 by Jan Van Mieghem

Continuing our blogs on offshoring, here is some interesting data from the European Manufacturing Survey conducted in 2009 as studied by Bernhard Dachs, Marcin Borowiecki, Steffen Kinkel and Thomas Christian Schmall (December 2012). Their survey quantifies the extent, trends, and reasons why European manufacturing firms offshore or re-shore production. Here is some of their key findings.

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Use vegetation to increase energy efficiency

How vegetation can increase the energy efficiency of your home

Houses use 22 percent of the energy consumed in the United States today. About half of this is for heating and cooling. A properly designed landscape can make a home significantly more energy efficient and reduce air pollution, including greenhouse gases. It can also cut heating and cooling bills by as much as 40 percent.

An energy-conserving landscape utilizes trees, shrubs, groundcovers, and vines to provide cooling summer shade as well as insulation against heat loss in winter. It also serves aesthetic purposes. A windbreak, for example, can define the space in a yard or patio and provide privacy while blocking blustery winds. And by using plants as living air conditioners or insulating blankets, you can soften a house’s architectural edges with foliage and flowers while improving its performance.
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3,000 Years of Human History, Described in One Set of Mathematical Equations

Posted By: Joseph Stromberg

Most people think of history as a series of stories—tales of one army unexpectedly defeating another, or a politician making a memorable speech, or an upstart overthrowing a sitting monarch.

Peter Turchin of the University of Connecticut sees things rather differently. Formally trained as a ecologist, he sees history as a series of equations. Specifically, he wants to bring the types of mathematical models used in fields such as wildlife ecology to explain population trends in a different species: humans.

In a paper published with colleagues today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, he presents a mathematical model (shown on the left of the video above) that correlates well with historical data (shown on the right) on the development and spread of large-scale, complex societies (represented as red territories on the green area studied). The simulation runs from 1500 B.C.E. to 1500 C.E.—so it encompasses the growth of societies like Mesopotamia, ancient Egypt and the like—and replicates historical trends with 65 percent accuracy.
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How Big The Internet Of Things Could Become

The potential size of the Internet Things sector could be a multi-trillion dollar market by the end of the decade.

by Brian Proffitt September 30, 2013

That’s the holy-@$#! number of devices that Morgan Stanley has extrapolated from a Cisco report that details how many devices will be connected to the Internet of Things by 2020. That’s 9.4 devices for every one of the 8 billion people that’s expected to be around in seven years.

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The Inflection Point of Economic Measures

by JAY DERAGON on 10/01/2013

What would happen if companies, industries, sectors and economies changed what results mattered and how those results are measured? What would happen is the behavior of companies, industries, sectors and economies would change. Sound familiar?

Companies, industries, sectors and economies are dynamic and constantly evolving. Inflection points are more significant than the small day-to-day progress made and the effects of the change are often well-known and widespread. An inflection point can be considered a turning point after which a dramatic change, with either positive or negative results, is expected to result.

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Challenging Assumptions On Brainstorming

Brainstorming is great fun, good for team building and a self-esteem builder. However, it does fail in one rather important way. It is not very good at providing you with creative ideas. It is even worse if you want a highly creative idea to implement. I have criticised brainstorming in the past, but I have yet to compile my anti-brainstorming thoughts into a single article. Until now! – See more at: http://www.innovationexcellence.com/blog/2013/09/20/brainstorming-is-not-very-creative/