ThinkGenealogy wants to recognize innovation in genealogy and family history. So, if you find a book, software feature, methodology approach or otherwise that you think is innovative then send an e-mail to: mail at thinkgenealogy dot com. If enough nominations come in for a specific item, then it will be recognized with an Innovator award.
There are two types of awards: Thinker’s Pick and Community Choice.
The Thinker’s Pick award is given for innovation that I want to personally recognize whereas Community Choice comes from nominations received from the genealogy community. It is possible for a specific innovation to receive both types of awards and for an item (like a software application) to receive more than one award for different features. I want to make it clear that these awards are not limited to software. I am sure there will be plenty of software nominations, but please keep your eyes open for other areas of innovation in genealogy.
To make a nomination include:
- Name of the item (book, software application, etc.)
- What specific part or feature you find innovative.
- A link to a website (for the company, author, etc.)
- Whether it is an incremental innovation or a “jumping curves”-type innovation. (see below)
To be nominated, an item must:
- be relatively recent (2007 or newer)
- must be published, released (no beta software), or publically available
The award design and the term “jumping curves” come from Guy Kawasaki’s presentation, “The Art of Innovation.” The idea is that innovators strive to do things not just 10-15% better, but 10x better. So instead of incrementally making changes on the curve they currently are on, innovators need to jump to the next curve of innovation. Better still are those that are able to create the next curve.
A few months ago I attended a lecture given by a Google employee. He identified three types of innovation:
- Incremental with side effects
These same concepts are talked about in a talk on Innovation at Google by Google ex-CTO, Douglas Merrill.
The perspective from both Guy and Douglas are similar. Transformational maps nicely to “Jumping Curve” innovation and there is also incremental. Once you jump to the next curve, you incrementally innovate along that curve while keeping an eye out for the next curve.
These awards are to recognize all types of innovation. Winners of the award will be able to display it on their website.
I already have a few Thinker’s Picks that I will be revealing soon.