About Nick Skillicorn

Voted as the world's #7 Innovation blogger in 2014, I help individuals and companies build their creativity and innovation capabilities, so you can develop the next breakthrough idea which customers love. Follow me on social media now for his exclusive free insights on creativity and innovation.

September 2016

Why I have a problem with the Global Innovation Index

By |2016-10-28T12:21:33+01:00September 23rd, 2016|Uncategorized|

INSEAD Business School, along with Cornell University and the World Intellectual Property Organisation have just released their analysis of the world’s most innovative countries for 2016. Together, this is called the Global Innovation Index and aims to objectively measure several dozen indicators to assess which countries are comparatively more innovative than others. You may have seen graphics […]

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How Hollywood turns this vehicle into any car you can think of using CGI

By |2016-10-28T12:21:34+01:00September 23rd, 2016|Uncategorized|

You probably know about green screen, and how film and TV studios use it to create computer-generated images for you favorite blockbusters. But did you know that a lot of the cars you see on screen, on TV and especially in commercials might be computer-generated as well? In the above video from WIRED, we take […]

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Leaders agree: Creativity will be 3rd most important work skill by 2020

By |2016-09-16T16:28:53+01:00September 16th, 2016|Uncategorized|

According to a new report from the World Economic Forum, it is clear that creativity at work is going to be one of the most important and in-demand skills in the next 5 years. In fact, it is going to be the third most important skill overall. This comes from a new Forum report, The […]

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This video shows how bacteria evolve resistance to antibiotics

By |2016-10-28T12:21:34+01:00September 16th, 2016|Uncategorized|

One of the most pressing concerns in medical innovation is how to address the problem of bacteria becoming resistant to antibiotics. There are regular news updates about diseases that are becoming resistant to traditional drugs, such as MRSA and even Super Gonnoreah. Harvard Medical School just released the video above to showcase a recent experiment […]

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Why “Follow your passion” is terrible advice for you & those you care about

By |2016-10-28T12:21:34+01:00September 7th, 2016|Uncategorized|

One of the most common pieces of advice floating around the internet is also one of the most dangerous: To be happy in life, you need to figure out what you are passionate about, and singlemindedly pursue that as your ideal job. This is especially true for anyone who dreams of a creative career or being […]

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10 Famous inventions that were the culmination of other people’s work

By |2016-10-28T12:21:34+01:00September 2nd, 2016|Uncategorized|

A dirty (yet open) secret about innovation is that most great breakthroughs don’t happen thanks to a single lone genius. While history is full of stories of famous inventors, who are often national heroes, in almost every case they were just the first people to improve an existing system to the final stage where it […]

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How tattoos (and laser tattoo removal) work in super-slow motion

By |2016-10-28T12:21:35+01:00September 2nd, 2016|Uncategorized|

One of the most ancient and personal forms of art is the tattoo: getting a permanent piece of attached to your own body. But as someone who has never had a tattoo before, I was fascinated to learn exactly how you can get something permanent into your skin that doesn’t fall off as you grow […]

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August 2016

How the current patent system actually hurts innovation (and how patent trolls are being fought)

By |2016-10-28T12:21:35+01:00August 26th, 2016|Uncategorized|

One of the most common questions I get asked when talking to companies about their issues with innovation is “how do we prevent someone stealing our ideas? Should we get them all patented?” Unfortunately, the answer to that isn’t so simple. And that is because the current system for getting patents is in many ways […]

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The story of Kelvin Doe: The poor Sierra Leone teen who wowed M.I.T.’s engineers

By |2016-10-28T12:21:35+01:00August 17th, 2016|Inspiration|

This 15 year old taught himself engineering and managed to use scrap to build working generators, batteries and even an FM Radio Transmitter. The video above shows the fascinating story of Kelvin Doe. He is a child from a very poor district of Sierra Leone’s capital city Freetown. The area is in such rough shape, with electricity […]

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When Castro blocked Cubans from the internet, they created their own

By |2016-10-28T12:21:35+01:00August 12th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Some of the world’s greatest innovations cannot be stopped once people find out about them, even when the government tries. This is the story of the people of Cuba, who created their own informal internet and content distribution system when the communist government wouldn’t allow them access to the world wide web. Check out the […]

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