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Best and Worst of 2008?

Posted by: Helen Walters on December 1, 2008

I’m somehow in charge of corraling BusinessWeek writers, editors and contributors to make their suggestions of the best and worst of 2008. That’s everything from ideas, products, events, launches, PR campaigns, etc. Some great suggestions are rolling in, including moments from the U.S. election (Obama in Grant Park for Best; choice of Sarah Palin as Veep for Worst), the terrible events in Mumbai as tragic evidence of ongoing terrorism and the current furore at Germany’s KfW, which electronically transferred several hundred million dollars to Lehman Brothers just hours before the bankruptcy (a definite candidate for Worst Banking Faux Pas.) What do you think? What in your world/from your vantage point were the most spectacular successes and failures of the past 12 months? Post your thoughts here — with thanks for sharing.

Reader Comments


December 1, 2008 12:54 PM

Best social networking tool: Twitter

Bev Barnett

December 1, 2008 2:58 PM

Best Web 2.0 tool for independent musicians: Reverb Nation


December 2, 2008 3:44 AM

The Cisco I-Prize is worth noting


December 2, 2008 7:14 AM


I introduce myself as Pravin Rajpal, the Innovation guru from India. I want to give the world the best solution to handle the post crisis world - AN IDEA CLOCK*

* For developing the idea clock, I have been selected as the 'visionary leader changing the world' by Informa with the leaders like Tom Peters, Al Gore, C.K Prahlad etc.

So far innovation was left to the spark of a genius or the intuitive abilities of select few people. In the absence of a systematic approach, the organizations resorted to ‘Trial and Error’, which resulted in many good companies getting wiped off in the year 2008.

To resolve the problem, I came out with the unique 'IDEA CLOCK', which has simplified innovation and facilitates idea generation in an unprecedented way.

‘IDEA CLOCK’ is a scientific method of generating new ideas. It s a real time clock on the computer which shows the 10 scientific principles of ‘Creativity and Innovation’ along with 2 questions ‘What Else?’ and ‘How Else?’ These principles and questions are written side by side on each of the 12 numbers of the clock.

Time is the key value dimension for the customers. Speed of generating ideas and execution makes all the difference as it provides the first mover advantages in the market. The continuously rotating needles make it a perpetual process for new ideas – a good reminder that one cannot stop at any point of time to stay ahead. All innovations evolve over a period of time. The first computer was as big as the size of a room and the continuous quest for ‘What Else?’ and ‘How Else’ has made it fit in our palm.

As the clock needles show the actual time, they also point out on the different principles mentioned along side – forming unique combinations at different times of the day to spark new ideas.

For example at 1:05 in the idea clock, the ‘Hour’ needle is pointing on ‘What Else’ and the ‘Minute’ needle is pointing on ‘Combine’. This sparks a new idea - What else can we combine?

At different times of the day, the needles keep shifting from one principle to another to form hundreds of permutations and combinations to spark creative and innovative ideas in unprecedented manner.

I am sure the IDEA CLOCK will provide fresh solutions to lot many challenges being faced by this world today.

Best regards

Pravin Rajpal
CE0- Competitive Edge

Penny C. Sansevieri -

December 2, 2008 9:11 AM

Best thing to happen to business: the death of advertising. Long live organic marketing. Best social networking tools: Twitter and Facebook Pages.


December 2, 2008 4:30 PM


(Not a 2008 product, but 2008 is the year it became more available to the general public)

While technically inferior to the PS3 and XBox 360, the Wii truly is revolutionary and not evolutionary.

Did anyone ever imagine a video game system that can easily be enjoyed by three generations at the same time?

Donza Meagley

December 3, 2008 11:37 PM

Twitter, is one of the best tools for authors and networking.

I have a new children's book released:
Fairies Ice Cove Mountain @

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