Perspectives on Connected Innovation and Collaboration

Don Smith’s Sabbatical Insights

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Welcome to my blog, I’m Donald Smith. I recently started a new assignment as Digital Media Ethnographer for  General Mill’s R&D organization and Contributor for Minnov8. I am using this blog forum to share my insights and perspectives on digital media as I document my pursuits to understand the opportunity space that I call connected innovation.

I’m a Chicago native, Graduate of the University of Illinois, and proud father of my children, Colin and Caroline.

These posts are not endorsed by General Mills and I am wholly responsible for the content you see here.

This is the place to join the conversation. Feel free to leave comments at any time. I’m open to debate and willing to connect.



Written by Donald Smith

January 28, 2009 at 8:24 pm

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  1. Hi Don,

    I read your blog on Minnov8 with great interest. My responsibility at Vertical*i is to look out across the landscape and see how companies are connecting or how they will connect in the future and help Vertical*i develop software that helps these companies do a more effective job. Our area of focus is inside the business enterprise, that is, providing a business framework for more efficiently identifying, capturing and managing the innovation that comes through these connections. I recently authored a white paper and would like to share it with you and keep in touch during your sabbatical. My white paper focuses on the key capablities that companies need to build in order to take advantage of Connected Innovation. Our software is currently being used by P&G as the back-office behind their Connect + Develop website and many other companies. I’m available at

    Guy Henninger

    March 11, 2009 at 1:55 pm

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