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I = IR + SE Innovation Results from Intelligent Risk Taking and a Supportive Environment

Column by Dr. Harry Hertz 

Like many people in many companies and organizations, I have been thinking a lot about innovation lately.

In my case, the effort has been a prelude to thinking about upcoming revisions to the Baldrige Program’s 2013–2014 Criteria for Performance Excellence.

I consulted works by Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Clayton Christensen, Jeff Dyer, and Hal Gergersen, as well as numerous articles and blogs.

And my conclusion was that innovation (I) is the result of intelligent risk taking (IR) and a supportive environment (SE): I =IR + SE.

In this column, I will explore each of


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Bestsellers at Otowi Station May 27-June 2

OTOWI STATION BOOKSTORE News:

Bestsellers at Otowi Station Bookstore for the week of May 27-June 2, 2012

  1. Los Alamos: Beginning of an Era, LANL*
  2. They Say, I Say: the Moves That Matter in Academic Writing, Gerald Graff
  3. The Making of the Atomic Bomb, Richard Rhodes
  4. The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls
  5. Los Alamos Trails, Craig Martin*
  6. Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction, John Austin
  7. The Green Glass Sea, Ellen Klages
  8. Fifty Shades of Grey, E. L. James
  9. Fifty Shades Darker, E. L. James
  10. How to Build Spaceships, Doug Stillinger
*local or regional author

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Bike Swap at Los Alamos Co-op Sunday

The Los Alamos Cooperative Market will host its inaugural Bike Swap from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday June 10.

Los Alamos Singletrack Association (LASA), an International Mountain Biking Association affiliated club is sponsoring the event.

The Bike Swap is an opportunity for bicycle enthusiasts to sell and buy quality used (and new) bicycles, parts and accessories.

The Bike Swap includes:

  • FREE Bike Safety Checks;
  • Bike Related Raffles;
  • Grilled Food for Purchase;
  • Youth Activities (tyke bike course); and
  • Acceptable payment: cash, check, or credit/debit.

Fashioned after the Santa Fe Ski Swap,


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PLACE President Rolls Out Community’s Wish List

During a public meeting Wednesday at UNM-LA, Board President Chris Velasco of PLACE (Projects Linking Art Community & Environment), discusses the components that Los Alamos residents and community leaders said in previous meetings that they want to see in a catalytic project developed for downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Salvador Zapien

 President Chris Velasco explains that PLACE is a nonprofit that builds sustainable communities. To learn more, visit http://welcometoplace.com/ Photo by Salvador Zapien 

President Chris Velasco of PLACE said that local feedback


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Blue Window Celebrates Second Anniversary

BLUE WINDOW News:
 
Ryan Finn of the Ryan Finn Jazz Trio. Courtesy photo
 
The Blue Window Bistro celebrates a second anniversary under the ownership of Melissa Paternoster this summer.
 
The past two years have seen new events as well as increased catering service and new menu items.

The restaurant will host a Jazz Night featuring the Ryan Finn Jazz Trio from 7-9 p.m., Saturday June 23.
 
Tickets are $15 per person and dinner reservations are required.
 
Finn recently moved back to Northern New Mexico after seven years teaching and performing music on the island nation

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PLACE to Report Back to Community

LACDC News:

Imagine a place in our downtown designed to address housing and other needs of our early career “idea people” … scientists, technologists, artists and innovators of all type … and entrepreneurs.

What would it look like? Where might be a good location? What related amenities would benefit both the residents and the larger community?

The Los Alamos Creative District Steering Committee facilitated by Los Alamos MainStreet has been putting thought and effort into these and other questions.

An early outcome from this work was a visit to Los Alamos in March


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Demolition on Pajarito Brewpub & Grill Begins

Demolition got underway Friday at the Pajarito Brewpub & Grill in the Mari-Mac Shopping Center. Owner Patrick Mockler-Wood said this morning that he and his partners, Catherine Mockler, Pawel Listwan and and Dorota Listwan are shooting for a September opening of the new restaurant under construction at the corner of Trinity Drive. Courtesy photo

The Pajarito Brewpub & Grill will be open late, seven days a week, for lunch and dinner. Courtesy photo

The Pajarito Brewpub & Grill will feature 30 world class beers on tap, mouthwatering appetizers and burgers, steak, fish and vegetarian


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Hear the Poetry of Mother Earth’s Stretch Marks Thursday

OTOWI STATION BOOKSTORE & RUBY K’s News:

T. Jackson King, archaeologist, science fiction author, and poet, will read from “Mother Earth’s Stretch Marks” at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 7 at Ruby K’s Bagel Café.

Tickets to the event are $10, which includes the book and refreshments, and will be available at the door the night of the event. Otowi Station Bookstore and Ruby K’s are sponsoring the event.

In a recent interview, King discussed his poetry about the natural world. “I began writing poetry in college in Japan partly as a reaction to the Vietnam War,” he said. “But my year of college in Tokyo


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ChamberFest Set for Saturday, June 9

LOS ALAMOS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE News:

The second weekend in June features ChamberFest, a community event showcasing Chamber of Commerce member merchants, businesses and organizations. 

With food, live music, a car show, fashion show, giant sand pile, bubble pit and other family entertainment, it will be a particularly entertaining day.

ChamberFest will be held in downtown Los Alamos from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, June 9 on Central Avenue between 15th and 20th streets, down MainStreet to the Round-about.

Chamber members invite the public to visit with their booth and learn more


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New Feature – Craigslist in Marketplace

Trying to sell a piece of furniture you no longer use? Trying to find your daughter a good used mountain bike?

The Los Alamos Daily Post now provides a link to Craigslist (and Freecycle – more below).

Craigslist is the leader in FREE online classifieds. We at the Los Alamos Daily Post have had much luck selling our used items on Craiglist in the past.

Our Craigslist link will take you to items that specify their location as “Los Alamos.” Items for sale in Los Alamos will be displayed.

When you post a classified item to Craigslist, be sure to enter “Los Alamos” in the location


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