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SUMESH ARORA: 10 ways to understand innovation

We hear a lot about innovation these days and terms such as the “innovation economy” or the “new economy” are frequently used interchangeably, along with the “21st century economy.”  This raises the following three questions: 1. What is considered innovative? 2. Why is it important? 3. How can you spot it? The simple definition of innovation according to the Merriam-Webster’s ...

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SUMESH ARORA — Spread your wings: the Butterfly Model for successful public-private partnerships

In my last column I talked about the importance of public-private partnerships for spreading innovation.  In this column I will present a methodology for assembling such partnerships which may be used as a sort of check-list to ensure that the right players are at the table.  This is a two part article.  The first part discusses the framework for the ...

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SUMESH ARORA — Secrets to spreading innovative ideas

November was Innovation Month in Mississippi and there was a lot of buzz about new ideas, products and innovations among universities, schools, businesses and non-profit organizations.  A variety of innovation related activities provided a glimpse into our entrepreneurial, technology and creative economies. W should all be encouraged by the breadth of these activities. Two of the signature events, namely the ...

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SUMESH ARORA — Celebrating November as “Innovation Month”

S o what is in a Twitter hashtag anyway? A lot, when you take a close look at the nine characters in “#MsInNov8” that were specifically chosen to promote the concept of innovation in Mississippi during November.  Innovation has the power to transform lives and comes in all shapes, sizes and colors; in small steps and giant leaps; and from ...

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SUMESH ARORA — Re-energizing after Hurricane Katrina

A s we mark the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and reflect on the past decade we hear many stories of courage, strength and of the unity we showed as a state.  One of the numbers which stood out in my mind was the number of people who lost electricity to their homes, offices or businesses: nearly four million, by some ...

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SUMESH ARORA — Adopting innovations is a piece of cookie!

Ok, I know the age old saying is “a piece of cake,” but I contend that my way of stating the complexity of a task completed will revolutionize the world of food-based analogies and gives us a much more intuitive way of expressing it. The new methodology actually has a scale of how hard or easy the task is: soft, ...

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SUMESH ARORA — Can innovation in Mississippi be a national model?

In my last column I showed that Mississippi has vast untapped potential for innovation, mainly because of our human asset.  Based on research first published in 1962 in the book Diffusion of Innovations we have we have the potential to build an army of roughly 74,000 innovators.  While statistically, this number represents just 2.5 percent of our population, these individuals ...

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Biomass experts realize fossil fuels still king of the hill

Biomass advocates agree that the United States will continue to depend on fossil fuels for bulk power but would like to see those fuels to be further offset and supplemented by alternate sources of energy. It was with that premise that the Mississippi Biomass and Renewable Energy Council held its 10th-annual conference at Biloxi’s Beau Rivage casino where it celebrated ...

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Advance Mississippi hosts energy panel for legislators

JACKSON — Advance Mississippi hosted its 2011 Energy Update panel for legislators at the Jackson Marriott hotel last week. >> Dr. Sumesh Arora, director of strategic biomass solutions at the Mississippi Technology Alliance, said national media is recognizing Mississippi as a leader in green energy. Approximately 100 renewable energy and energy-efficiency projects that represent a $2-billion investment in the state ...

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