The incandescent lightbulb has long been the symbol for a new idea, for invention and for innovation. We’ve all seen it happen—a person or team struggles to find a solution and, suddenly, a light comes on. And while we don’t actually see a glowing lightbulb floating in the air over our problem-solvers, the symbol aptly illustrates the point—at least it has until now. More than 100 years after the invention of the lightbulb, there are those who would do away with the treasured symbol, and they may have a point. Inventor and creativity guru Roger von Oech, author of A Whack on the Side of the Head and other books, announced the demise of the incandescent lighbulb as a symbol or a metaphor for creativity and innovation last year on his blog. He worried that the lightbulb was too old and would draw grief from environmentalists, so he asked visitors to his blog to send him their ideas for a new metaphor.
Growth through the identification of synergies is the theme of our cover story, “Innovation Through Collaboration,” about the ideas that came together in the creation of the vitamin-infused Inside Out lipsticks and lipglosses from Tarte/BORBA, and a similar energy that turned into Enbrightenmint, a vitamin-rich, dual-sided lip gloss and tooth whitener, from Tarte and BriteSmile. GCI magazine assistant editor Leslie Benson talked to leaders from all three companies to discover the “ah-ha” moments behind those products.
Fragrance Business 2008
Staying on the theme of collaboration, we are excited to announce that GCI magazine will once again partner with HBA Expo to present the Fragrance Business Event, scheduled for September 9–11, during HBA Expo. Camille McDonald, president of brand development, Bath & Body Works, will deliver the keynote presentation at the conference, beginning at 9 am on September 10, and will be joined by a terrific lineup, including Rick Ruffolo, Yankee Candle; Karen Young, The Young Group; Rochelle Bloom, The Fragrance Foundation; Rachel Herz, author of The Scent of Desire; and Jeanine Recckio, Mirror Mirror Imagination Group. Fragrance Business 2008 also includes a dedicated exhibitor pavilion featuring state-of-the-art solutions for fragranced products, and an awards lunch to present our Fragranced Product of the Year and Fragranced Product Marketer of the Year awards. Read more about the event at www.gcimagazine.com/fragrancebusiness.