16 episodes

How do leading innovators get people to believe, fund, and support their big ideas? Can the power of storytelling fuel a culture of idea-generation? Can storytelling ignite innovation? Join us as we sit down with the nation's top innovators to tell the stories of their innovations. After all, what good is an innovation left untold?

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    • Entrepreneurship
    • 5.0, 49 Ratings

How do leading innovators get people to believe, fund, and support their big ideas? Can the power of storytelling fuel a culture of idea-generation? Can storytelling ignite innovation? Join us as we sit down with the nation's top innovators to tell the stories of their innovations. After all, what good is an innovation left untold?

    Nurse-led Innovation with Charlene Platon of Stanford Health Care

    Nurse-led Innovation with Charlene Platon of Stanford Health Care

    Why do stories matter to the innovation process? What values can be instilled in innovators who share stories? How do innovation leaders inspire creators to tell and share their success and failure stories? Charlene Platon is a board-certified family nurse practitioner, a licensed registered nurse, the director of ambulatory nursing at Stanford Health Care, and a Johnson &  Johnson Nurse Innovation Fellow. Charlene’s goal is to bring nurse-led innovation to the forefront of healthcare. In mid-May of 2020, she and Chris Caulfield of Forbes Tech Council were on one of the winning teams at SONSIEL, Microsoft, Johnson & Johnson, and DevUP’s international COVID-19 Virtual Hackathon. She reveals how critical storytelling was to get buy-in from the judges. Healthcare #sheroes like Charlene highlight important stories of collaborative medical innovation. From process improvement to new tech development, nurses are in a unique position to see opportunities for healthcare improvement. Our key takeaway? All nurses are innovators, but not everyone is  traditionally empowered to see it that way. We hope you take this nurse-led innovation story and apply it to your industry or to your community. Everyone could use a broader lens about who can be innovation leaders. Innovation isn’t reserved for Silicon Valley; it’s led by subject matter experts working together to improve their field.
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    • 34 min
    Innovation Cultures with Brian Cobb of CVG Airport

    Innovation Cultures with Brian Cobb of CVG Airport

    Why do stories matter to the innovation process? What values can be instilled in innovators who share stories? How do innovation leaders inspire creators to tell and share their success and failure stories? Brian Cobb, chief innovation officer at Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), partners with startups, internal stakeholders, and division leaders to make problems visible and discover data-driven solutions. By both measuring and sharing their travelers’ stories, CVG has developed industry-changing tech. Innovation comes from many places, but according to Brian, paying close attention to user experience is always a good place to start. In fact, he mentions that much of the innovation coming out of CVG was inspired by a video on this very subject. Even though it was made years ago, and by University of Cincinnati students, the ideas within sparked innovation in a big way.
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    • 41 min
    Advancing Science through Story with Lou Gritzo of FM Global

    Advancing Science through Story with Lou Gritzo of FM Global

    Why do stories matter to the innovation process? What values can be instilled in innovators who share stories? How do innovation leaders inspire creators to tell and share their success and failure stories? Lou Grtizo, VP of research at FM Global, considers  communication an overlooked but crucial skill for technical scientists and engineers. Lou shares with us how FM Global motivates their teams to view stories as a vehicle to convey the value and impact of their work. This is why at the moment of entry, FM Global new hires are required to participate in training that helps them explore and strengthen their communication skills. Lou also speaks to the importance of creating institutional memory around successes and failures. He takes an even deeper dive into this subject in his recent publication on Success Factors in R&D Leadership.
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    • 35 min
    Data. Storytelling. Empathy. COVID-19. with Jeff Shaffer of Data + Science

    Data. Storytelling. Empathy. COVID-19. with Jeff Shaffer of Data + Science

    Jeff Shaffer is a library of knowledge when it comes to effective ways to bring data to life. Jeff is founder of dataplusscience.com, Tableau Zen Master, COO and VP of IT and Analytics at Unifund, adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati, and coauthor of The Big Book of Dashboards: Visualizing Your Data Using Real-World Business Scenarios. He speaks to the importance of credible and contextualized data, sharing insight about collection, visualization, and storytelling along the way. Presenting data with storytelling elicits empathy. An experiment by a team from NYU School of Engineering and NYU Law found that changes to the design of the data visualization itself did not have a significant impact on empathy; however, the text surrounding the visualization (and the context it provided) did have a significant impact on empathy. Jeff shares many examples of data storytelling, spanning Tableau’s contribution to Johns Hopkins’ Coronavirus Resource Center and Alberto Lucas' Lopez’ powerful data viz for National Geographic. Alberto created a cut-out ruler to show readers the mid-upper arm circumference of children in malnourished communities. We share  Jeff’s fondness for epic examples, and we know you will too.
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    • 40 min
    COVID-19 Drives Digital Health Innovation with Dena Bravata of Castlight Health and Lyra Health

    COVID-19 Drives Digital Health Innovation with Dena Bravata of Castlight Health and Lyra Health

    Dena Bravata is co-founder of Lyra Health and Chair of Castlight Health’s healthcare advisory board. She tells us about three of Castlight’s innovative digital health responses to COVID-19. These include the largest national registry of coronavirus testing sites in the United States, a self-assessment for those experiencing symptoms, and a city-specific dataset on vulnerable populations and medical capacity. Everything is publicly available on their website. Fortunately, local public health officials have used these findings to inform capacity planning within their county at the zip code level. People can rely on these digital health solutions, which could ultimately have a lasting impact on the future of healthcare.
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    • 42 min
    Life-Saving Stories Spark Medical Innovation with Angela Lorts of ACTION

    Life-Saving Stories Spark Medical Innovation with Angela Lorts of ACTION

    Why do stories matter to the innovation process? What values can be instilled in innovators who share stories? How do innovation leaders inspire creators to tell and share their success and failure stories? Angela Lorts wears a lot of hats: cardiac intensivist, associate chief quality officer of outcomes at Cincinnati Children's Medical Center, and co-founder and co-director of ACTION. In our conversation, she shares how the powerful combination of storytelling and simple data visualization helps people understand a problem and their potential role in solving it. In this interview, we look at storytelling as an invitation to deeper thought and dynamic action.
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    • 29 min

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RichiRAZ ,

A must listen

What makes a good podcast for me are the quality of questions being asked, the level of engagement of guests and the actionable takeaways that help me move forward. The host Katie is always well researched but more importantly she has this unique skill of dipping into her databank of knowledge and masterfully interjecting with insights and questions that drive fun, engaging and densely rich conversations with guests. When I listen to this podcast I feel like I combined Krista Tippett and Tim Ferris into one podcast.

BillFlywheel ,

Navigating a Changing Landscape

I know few things that that would have prepared me for the Covid-19 pandemic. My wife stocked up on essential supplies so we were prepared at home. But what about the nonprofit I lead that supports founders that are building and scaling social ventures? In this environment the market demand for our programs that support the starting of a new business fell off the cliff. What to do?

Innovate. Pivot. Be relevant to a changing market.

And that's exactly what we did and why Untold Stories of Innovation has been so valuable. It's helped we open my head to new approaches and how to tell the stories of our founders.

tom the mom ,

Ignite your imagination Duncan Hines from Disney

I was spellbound by his interview with Katie! He also such good ideas to use in my own life . I didn’t want it to end . One could tell he loved what he did and he stirred your own imagination to have fun in want one does in life.

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