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Weekly Inspirations: March 24th, 2017

Here are the things that I think are worth reading and checking out this week:

The Sexy, Scary Play That’s Influencing Google, Facebook, And Disney

This is Sleep No More, a production by the British theater company Punchdrunk that’s had a popular run in N.Y.C., among other cities, for the past seven years. To New Yorkers, it’s no longer the hottest ticket in town, but it’s had respectable staying power, and still sells out routinely to hundreds of people who attend each night, many of whom are seeing the play for the second, fifth, even tenth time. Sleep No More is the flag bearer of an old but burgeoning trend of immersive theater—including intimate productions like Then She Fell, which invites 15 people a night into a rendition of Alice in Wonderland, or so-called “escape rooms” operated by several companies, which allow small groups of friends to be locked in a hotel room or bank vault to discover clues that can get them out. But Sleep No More is captivating more than just audiences. In fact, the play came up, again and again, in more than a dozen interviews with some of the biggest tastemakers in VR storytelling—ranging from academics, to Disney Imagineers, to indie developers, to creative leads at companies like Facebook.
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Ideo Studied Innovation In 100+ Companies–Here’s What It Found

The global design firm Ideo set out to answer this question by studying the company’s 26-year archive of projects that focused on clients’ internal team dynamics, as well as external sources focused on innovation (including Fast Company‘s annual Most Innovative Companieslists). Defining what innovation meant across many different companies was complex, but ultimately, Ideo found that the most important element is the organization’s ability to adapt and respond to change. In the end, Ideo identified six basic vectors that it says are instrumental to an innovative, adaptive company: Purpose, experimentation, collaboration, empowerment, looking out (i.e. staying informed about what’s happening in the industry), and refinement (the ability to successfully execute new ideas).
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Amazon introduces Alexa to Apple’s iPhone

Amazon has brought its AI-powered Alexa voice assistant to Apple’siPhone for the first time, enabling Amazon app users to play music, search for information or check the weather without lifting a finger. The service has been made available previously by third parties but this counts as the first time Amazon itself has stepped into the breach with an officially sanctioned solution – a boon to the increasing number of tech enthusiasts filling their homes with Alexa-enabled gadgetry.
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