Today, leaders from the G12 countries—the 12 largest economies in the world—are descending on Brazil, to dither and whine and bicker stroke their chins about the world's economy. But it's safe to say that the number one concern for all those economic ministers and treasury secretaries is innovation. Which is a wooly, often vague concept. How do you get your arms around it? Well, GE has taken a stab, with their newly released Innovation Barometer.
GE has just published its latest interactive infographic, which presents the results of a massive survey asking 530 CFOs how confident they were in the present economic recovery. Since it's gauging the subjective viewpoints of these CFOs, you get a little bit of insight into to how they feel — and how collective emotions help shape our economy.
The infographic is basically a dashboard, with a multitude of dimensions. Each of the seven industries answered questions in six separate areas — ranging from current economic conditions, to hiring plans.
Today, the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum announced the winners of the 2010 National Design Awards. Just over a decade old, the awards are the closest thing the country has to a Nobel Prize in design; the nominees were drawn from solicitations of over 2,500 design professionals. Here's a tour of this year's winners in all 10 categories.