Industry Leaders to Congress: Don’t Stifle Innovation in Internet of Things

Associations Now

At a hearing in front of the House Judiciary Committee, trade group leaders made the case for limited regulation of connected devices, saying that too many rules could dampen the industry’s potential to innovate. The Internet of Things is still a fairly new space that has lots of room for innovation, but too much interference from government could thwart its potential just as it’s getting started.

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Let's Not Make a Big Deal

Idea Architects

Doing so would only ca tch t heir a t t en t io n and ca u se t he m to become concerned about how busy it was and how that would affect their food and service. change innovation leadershipI waited tables in high school. The person who trained me was excellent and offered numerous small tips I have found valuable in just about every professional role I have held since. One of the gems he stressed has been on my mind lately.

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2018 Building Associations Momentum Award Winners


The competition recognizes innovative programs, events, and ideas that challenge the status quo. Honorable Mentions included the BIA of Okaloosa-Walton Counties (FL), Charlotte-Desoto Building Industry Association (FL), and Desert Valley Builders Association (CA).

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Higher Logic Acquires Vanilla


We have always been impressed with Vanilla’s commitment to innovation in engagement and their ability to serve key business use cases in the B2B and B2C space for customers like Oracle, TeamViewer, Acer, Charter Communications, and more,” says Higher Logic CEO, Kevin Boyce.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 12.20.19

Reid All About it

On behalf of my fellow freelance writers, speak up if you live in CA, NY or NJ, please. The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… Your plans for the holiday season are probably like mine: feast. We’re the lucky ones.

Internet Association Hires New Head Lobbyist In California


Sacramento, CA – Internet Association (IA) announced today that Dylan Hoffman joined the organization as Director of Government Affairs for the State of California, where he will serve as IA’s head lobbyist in Sacramento.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 8.20.21

Reid All About it

Tim Hopkins, senior consultant at McKinley Advisors, describes a new model for the product development process that prevents volunteers from hindering innovation. Make Your Meetings a Ca$h Cow: Extending the Life and Revenue of Your Virtual & Hybrid Meetings.

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4 Reasons Your Association Should Open Its Online Community


If there’s one thing we’ve learned from a ssociations during the COVID-19 pandemic , it’s that they can – and in many cases must – be innovative. . By Brian Smith, Communications Specialist .

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Association Jam - Summer 2013 - Lessons Learned

Association Subculture

My CA co-hosts +Sandra Giarde and +Gina Sutherland kept me grounded and were awesome at making sure everyone had enough grub and libations. 1) Experimentation - If innovation is king, then experimentation is queen. Well, we did it (and when I say we, I mean we)! The first Association Jam actually happened and I am so grateful for everyone who participated. We had awesome hosts +Vickie Lester +Maria Nazario +Wendy Kavanagh +Elizabeth Engel and +KiKi L''Italien.

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Could a U.S. Science Laureate Advance the Sciences?

Associations Now

Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) are cosponsors of a corresponding bill in their chamber. The science laureate can serve that role, as an accomplished individual to engage Americans on the importance of science in our lives and who can encourage our students to be the innovators of tomorrow.”. New bipartisan legislation, supported by two scientific associations, would create an official science laureate of the United States. How do you get people excited about science?

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Associations at Odds Over Proposed Massachusetts Ban on Noncompete Clauses

Associations Now

The tech industry says a ban is needed to boost innovation, but business groups have a different take. The proposed ban has earned support from tech groups, who say that noncompete clauses stifle innovation in Massachusetts and are giving California’s Silicon Valley the upper hand in recruiting, even though the Northeast has a major research hub in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Culture Choices for Associations: People vs Process; Game Plan vs Blueprint

SCD Group

Too much process gets in the road of creativity, innovation and the ability to change. Walk into the headquarters of Google in Mountain View, CA, Zappos near Las Vegas, or Pixar near San Francisco, and you can feel the heat of originality cooking in the organizational oven. Heide Thorne (@heidithorne) responded to last week’s blog Can Associations Incorporate The Neighborly Wave? with a simple: It’s all about culture.

Canadian Society of Association Executives Puts Its Cards On the Table

Associations Now

The campaign, which launched on the online platform Indiegogo last Monday, reached its goal of CA$7,500 in less than a week. “I As part of ongoing work to improve its business model, the association went out on a limb and launched a crowdfunded campaign to garner support for a new board resource—a BoardReady Card Deck to help improve nonprofit board effectiveness. There’s a lot of experimenting going on at the Canadian Society of Association Executives lately.

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As Tide Turns on Microbeads, Personal Care Products Council Adapts

Associations Now

Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced a bill called the Personal Care Products Safety Act , which would further regulate the usage of chemicals in personal care materials, including require more testing of chemicals that commonly appear in them.

Jeffrey Cufaude, Idea Architects: There Really Is a Simpler Way

Idea Architects

custom-designing keynotes, workshops, and leadership conferences that promote innovation, learning, and community. San Francisco, CA: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc., Jeffrey Cufaude, Idea Architects. Jeffrey Cufaude is an architect of ideas. He also teaches presentation design and facilitation to subject matter experts. Monday, January 09, 2012. There Really Is a Simpler Way.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 3.31.17

Reid All About it

Conference in Newport Beach, CA. Presenters: Jared Schwartz (moderator), vice president of strategy & innovation, Beaconfire RED and a panel of experts (front-end developer, UX consultant and marketing consultant). Learn what else you should be looking for and why innovation should be your biggest driver. Your weekly list of free webinars and events for the association community…and this time it covers the next two weeks. It’s a double whammy this week, folks.