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In your industry’s future, there will be winners and losers. Enterprises will be vulnerable when they fail to act against industry disruption from new entrants like big tech and well-funded startups. Winners will have strong relationships with open or external innovation ecosystems, and they will deploy a radical new approach to create immediate and lasting business impact.
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What is Open Innovation and Why is it Important to Your Business?
Innovation occurs either inside or outside of your organization. Internal innovation takes place within your “four walls” and you direct it. Outside your organization is a universe of external innovators that you cannot control and that you cannot clearly see, until it is too late. Complicating matters is the fact that the most disruptive innovation always comes from the outside, never from the inside.
Many organizations run innovation initiatives which concentrate almost entirely on internal innovation. Open or external innovation is challenging because it requires a very different approach — one that can be counterintuitive and even threatening on the surface. The very things that you must do to de-risk open innovation are least understood by your organization.
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Boomtown designs, implements, and operates exclusive, customized, turnkey programs that align with your company’s business strategy to harness the power of open innovation. Our Innovation Platforms complement internal initiatives, address industry-specific challenges, and create long-term competitive advantage.
Ring in the New Year with Arts and Sciences faculty’s books from 2021
Whether you’re looking for your next favorite book or just want to show some support to Arts and Sciences faculty, we have some great suggestions for your next read. On this list, you’ll find a plethora of different topics that may pique your interest — from societal examinations to international history to harrowing personal experiences. Here’s a selection of books published by Arts and Sciences faculty in 2021:
Boomtown Columbus: Ohio’s Sunbelt City and How Developers Got Their Way
By Kevin Cox
In Boomtown Columbus: Ohio’s Sunbelt City and How Developers Got Their Way, political geographer Kevin Cox, professor emeritus in the Department of Geography, explores the issues that emerged during Columbus’ urban growth and development after World War II. Cox bridges his scholarly expertise with personal experience as a longtime resident of the city to examine how Columbus’ unfettered suburbanization and postwar expansion paralleled its Sun Belt peers and influenced livability for its residents.
Wonderworks: The 25 Most Powerful Inventions in the History of Literature
Simons & Schuster, 2021
By Angus Fletcher
Literature is a technology, and history’s greatest writers all made significant technical breakthroughs that can be seen as narratives and neuroscientific advancements. In Wonderworks: The 25 Most Powerful Inventions in the History of Literature, Angus Fletcher, a professor in the Department of English and Ohio State’s Project Narrative, examines the psychological effects of these narrative technologies, their influence on our understandings of ourselves and our emotions, and how they inspire creativity, hope and joy.
Violent Exceptions: Children’s Human Rights and Humanitarian Rhetorics
The Ohio State University Press, 2021
By Wendy S. Hesford
Modern political discourse often uses the humanitarian figure of the “child-in-peril” for purposes that rarely advocate for the needs of children at risk. In Violent Exceptions: Children’s Human Rights and Humanitarian Rhetorics, Wendy S. Hesford, Ohio Eminent Scholar and professor in the Department of English, demonstrates how the child-in-peril figure is predicated on racial division, how it is appropriated by politicians as a means of leveraging humanitarian storytelling as a political weapon, and how it turns public attention away from children’s human rights.
Bikeri: Two Copper Age Villages on the Great Hungarian Plain
Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA, 2021
Co-edited by William A. Parkinson, Attila Gyucha, and Richard Yerkes
The Northern Balkins and Carpathian Basin underwent significant cultural, organizational and social changes during the transition period from the Neolithic period to the Copper Age. Bikeri: Two Copper Age Villages on the Great Hungarian Plain describes multidisciplinary research conducted by the Körös Regional Archaeological Project in southeastern Hungary that examined the similarities and differences between two Tiszapolgár culture villages. Co-edited by Richard Yerkes, professor in the Department of Anthropology, Bikeri provides insights on how the innovative research yielded the first extensive, systematically collected datasets from early Copper Age settlements on the Great Hungarian Plain.
Gone the Hard Road
Indiana University Press, 2021
By Lee Martin
Building off his lauded memoir From Our House, Lee Martin’s Gone the Hard Road tells the story of the endurance and sacrifice of his mother, Beulah, and the gift of imagination she passed to her son. Martin, a College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor in the Department of English who was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for his novel The Bright Forever, crafts a poignant and honest picture of the world his mother created for him in an otherwise unsettled family life.
Pain, Penance, and Protest: Peine Forte et Dure in Medieval England
Cambridge University Press, 2021
By Sara Butler
Defendants in medieval England who refused to plead to criminal indictments were sentenced to pressing with weights until a plea was entered. By examining the relationship between law and Christianity through the perspective of peine forte et dure — French for “forceful and hard punishment” — Pain, Penance, and Protest: Peine Forte et Dure in Medieval England explores punishment, penance and how pain functions as a vehicle for redemption within the common law. Author Sara Butler, the King George III Professor of British History in the Department of History, describes the mythology behind peine forte et dure and how it functioned within the medieval criminal justice system.
Seed Money: Monsanto’s Past and Our Food Future
W. W. Norton & Company, 2021
By Bart Elmore
Seed Money: Monsanto’s Past and Our Food Future exposes the questionable business practices employed by Monsanto, an agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology corporation, to become a global powerhouse and reshape America’s farmland. Bart Elmore, associate professor in history, gives insightful context by weaving together many components of Monsanto’s dark past for the first time, going beyond Roundup Ready seeds to establish how the company profiting from harmful products impacts the future of our food. Read our interview with Elmore from 2021 about the book and environmental history.
Reproductive Politics and the Making of Modern India
University of Washington Press, 2021
By Mytheli Sreenivas
Exploring how the personal and the political intersect in conversations about reproduction, Reproductive Politics and the Making of Modern India tells of historic change in a country that’s often pushed to the forefront of debates about reproductive rights and overpopulation concerns. Mytheli Sreenivas, an associate professor of history and women’s, gender and sexuality studies, explains why people across the globe believe that, in India, to limit disproportionate population growth and strive for more economic development we must control women’s reproduction. This book shows how that wrongful implication, which has garnered attention since the late 19th century, has raised many questions that we haven’t quite answered.
The Writing Public: Participatory Knowledge Production in Enlightenment and Revolutionary France
Cornell University Press, 2021
By Elizabeth Bond
Elizabeth Bond, an associate professor of history, devoted much time to analyzing more than two decades of letters to the editor in France’s local newspapers from before and during the French Revolution. Her book The Writing Public: Participatory Knowledge Production in Enlightenment and Revolutionary France details the thoughts, opinions and lives of everyday people who participated in civic discourse, offering more evidence as to the potential connection between the Enlightenment and the political upheaval that ensued.
Tin House Books, 2021
By Elissa Washuta
In White Magic, Elissa Washuta, member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe and assistant professor of English, strengthens her connection with the native spirits her ancestors knew on a journey to understand cultural inheritance. While this collection of intertwined essays details Washuta’s search for love and meaning, it doesn’t shy away from recounting her experiences with abuse and addiction, which resulted in bouts of PTSD and misguided drug treatment, but she soon discovers the true power within herself.
Sisterlocking Discoarse: Race, Gender, and the Twenty-First-Century Academy
State University of New York Press, 2021
By Valerie Lee
The essays in Sisterlocking Discoarse: Race, Gender, and the Twenty-First-Century Academy transcend one mere form of storytelling, boldly intertwining memoir, literary analysis, legal cases and folklore with media such as letters, family photographs and cartoons to examine how race and gender impacted the experiences Valerie Lee, professor emerita in the Department of English, had during four decades of teaching in higher education. Lee proves why more women of color in the professional world, and specifically academia, deserve to have their stories heard.
Boomtown Biscuits and Whiskey to remain open after 'outpouring of love and support'
CINCINNATI — After an “outpouring of love and support,” Boomtown Biscuits and Whiskey in Pendleton will not be shuttering its doors after all.
What You Need To Know
- After initially planning to close, Boomtown Biscuits and Whiskey in Pendleton will stay open
- The downtown Cincinnati eatery was slated to close Jan. 23
- Chef Christian Gill cited ongoing challenges, such as staffing and supply chain, as a response for need to close
- Boomtown also plans to host a crowdfunding options that will allow diners to become investors as well
Chef and owner Christian Gill announced two weeks ago that his hip brunch-and-dinner spot was going to have to close due to ongoing hardships related COVID-19. The last day was slated to be Sunday, Jan. 23.
News of the impending closure quickly swept across social media, prompting fans of Gill — who has appeared on several national food-centric TV shows over the years — and his eatery to vocalize their support and share hundreds of memories of the restaurant in the comments section.
Gill said the public response to the situation over the past few days prompted him to make the decision to give his flagship location “another chance to strike gold."
"The outpouring of love and support from the community has been overwhelming and we are taking another shot to save the biscuits that Christian (Gill) and PJ (Neumann) worked so hard to bring to downtown Cincinnati,” Gill wrote Friday in a new Facebook post.
The reasons for the planned closure of Boomtown were simple: Doing business has been a challenge as a result of the 2-year-old pandemic.
In announcing the initial plan to close, Gill said the situation in downtown Cincinnati had become "untenable" due to a variety of factors affecting the food and service industry. He planned to keep open his second Boomtown location in Union, Ky.
Gill spoke to Spectrum News in July about the struggles he and other restaurants faced. He mentioned things such as supply chain issues, evolving diner behaviors and staffing shortages.
"There isn’t a light at the end of the tunnel currently. Labor shortages are creating new hurdles that are difficult to navigate as the demand for dining increases,” he said at the time.
Gill said COVID-19 hardships and the current staffing situation necessitated "backup plans for backup plans." It even led him to change the recipe to his signature "classic laminated punched" biscuit to a more-efficient-to-make buttermilk biscuit.
"There is not a clear end in sight,” Gill said back in November. "Winter is coming and it will be a rough one.”
Gill said a part of the stay-open plan includes what he called a "crowdfunding opportunity" to raise capital for the business. Those who donate will be investors of sorts, Gill said, adding that community members who take part in the crowdfunding will own shares of Boomtown.
Through that effort, “perseverance”and the support of business partners, like Cincinnati-based Model Group, Model Group, Cincy Seeds Investments, they "will be able to save and maintain the 16 industry jobs of its hard-working team and management,” Gill said.
Gill opened Boomtown–Pendleton in 2018 along with Neumann, his friend and business partner. Neumann passed away unexpectedly in January 2020.
"With the anniversary of PJ’s passing, we knew we had to come up with something to try and keep the gold in Pendleton,” Gill said to his thousands of Facebook followers. "We are grateful to have this chance to risk it for the biscuit and provide 24K service for Biscuit Brunch in downtown Cincinnati."
In order to make these moves, Gill said they’re actually going to expand hours of operation in Pendleton.