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It seems that movie Hugh Jackman is helping Hollywood wake-up to the wonders of engaging the crowd to generate creative ideas. A series of tweets he posted yesterday suggest that he’s crowdsourcing ideas from fans for the final Wolverine film. His first tweet alone received 11 thousand responses! Given it’s the fans who will ultimately buy the tickets to make the film success, this is a great idea and a sure-fire way to make the next film in the series […]

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Despite what the title of this post might suggest, we’re not going to talk about Bob Dylan, but the fact that a lot of things are indeed a-changing in the business world. In an unprecedented move, the multinational consultancy organisation Accenture is ditching the much dreaded annual performance reviews. This marks a trend that we have been observing with other large businesses, where old processes are scrapped and replaced by others that are adequate to today’s workforce. Pierre Nanterme, Accenture’s […]

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Innovation Roundup

Forever 21 unveils a crazy new machine:  – If you want to see your next selfie brought to life as a real-time mosaic of moving thread, Forever 21 and Breakfast are happy to help—and the results are pretty stunning. via @Adweek Crowdsourcing from inside your company: – Thomas Wedell-Wedellsborg, coauthor of Innovation as Usual, shares how some of the best ideas can come from unexpected, internal sources. via @HarvardBiz Businesses invited to bid for driverless car innovation funding worth £20 million: - Driverless cars might still seem like an idea out […]

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It’s no surprise if we say that networking is a great way of expanding one’s business as well as gathering ideas. This is simply because when you meet other people, often times they will have an interest in what you are doing and sometimes, who knows, will have a need for your services or know someone who does. How often have you been to a party or a networking event and came back with a great new idea, all because […]

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Prepare To Have Lots Of Ideas The first boundary to break is dispelling the harmful beliefs that it takes a ‘creative mind’ to come up with ideas. Ideas are not reserved for a privileged few, you just have to be in the right mental environment for them. Adjusting your mentality is often enough to kick-start the process. It Doesn’t Matter If The Ideas Are Bad, Focus On Quantity For Now Your focus shouldn’t be on having great ideas. Strive for […]

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As a newbie to ideation and employee engagement, I was lucky to be able to attend a recent Internal Communications conference featuring speakers from MetLife, ITV, GSK, Arriva and many more. This was a great opportunity to hear a few specialists in this area speak about their first-hand experiences, concerns and gave me the chance to learn a few useful things: Corporate is not corporate anymore Unlocking employee engagement, fostering social collaboration and innovating through employees requires much needed behavioural […]

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The weather’s cooled down a bit, and we’re breaking into the good ol’ British summer. The theme for this week’s news seems to be major organisations realising the power of innovative measures, and it certainly makes interesting reading: Innovation is the word for UAE businesses:  – Innovation has become a well-established and effective work culture in the emirate and the wider UAE, Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, said on Wednesday. via @TheNationalUAE The NHS […]

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Recently the New York Times interviewed Stewart Butterfield, the co-founder and CEO of Slack, who was also responsible for another successful startup you will have heard of – Flickr – that was sold to Yahoo for $20 million. Among other things, he discussed what to him is really important when hiring someone to fit the culture he wants to have in the organisations he leads. It’s not what their grades in uni were or how ambitious they are, it’s all […]

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There seems to be a habit forming amongst risky companies, especially in start-ups: many say that success doesn’t come first time around that you need to fail before you can succeed. While there is truth to this statement, it is starting to look like this ideal is being construed incorrectly; with businesses taking pride in their failures, as if to show off that they’re trying at something. Now, I can’t debate that there aren’t great lessons to be learnt from […]

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innovation roundup

Understanding controlled innovation:  – Commercial gains are often overlooked for creativity when it comes to innovation, but advertisers are wising up to the fact that disruption needs direction to flourish. via @TheDrum The NHS is on the cusp of an innovation revolution: -Technology continues to disrupt the world we live in. Amazon and iTunes are the department and music stores of today. Visiting travel agents has been replaced by e-tickets and waiting for a taxi by the likes of Uber. In healthcare, the […]

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Public Sector: The Internet as an Open Innovation Platform

How can intranets help how companies innovate? It is a vital question when many businesses continue to struggle in the aftermath of the recession – suffering with minimal consumer confidence, low productivity, and struggling to update their brands to the digital world. While ‘innovation’ can be an overused buzzword, there are signs that some businesses are beginning to take note. While no-one wants to be the next Kodak or Blockbuster leaving it too late to change – today, the market, […]

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We were pleased to find out recently that the University of Bristol is now offering formal innovation courses. This can be a little bit surprising but not at all unexpected: innovation is such an important part of the way businesses are run today, so it was bound to happen sooner or later. “The University of Bristol is one of the leading research universities in the UK, having an excellent national and international reputation in research, teaching and global discovery. “ […]

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Innovation Roundup

How to foster innovation with a coffee shop culture – To find out how Mars creates a culture of innovation, Jacob Morgan speaks with Mars Drinks’ global president Xavier Unkovic. via @Forbes Unilever and Starcom cry out for startup innovation – Agency and brand leaders, from Unilever to Starcom Mediavest, have taken to the stage at the inaugural The Next Big Thing conference in London crying out for the kinds of innovation being delivered by startups. via @TechCityNews From hip-hop to computers, Smithsonian museum honours […]

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  London is a well-known centre for technology and innovation, but it is quickly becoming a development hub for alternate currencies and reformatting the structure of the banking system.  One of the most exciting digital innovations to be backed from London is the digital currency Bitcoin. City institutions including the   Bank of England, Barclays, UBS and Goldman Sachs are all reportedly interested in the potential Bitcoin possesses to speed up traditional processes in finance. What is Bitcoin? Bitcoin, at its […]

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ATM machine

Apple is better known for its tech consumables – who doesn’t know at least one Apple fanboy or fangirl? – as well as wanting to be on the forefront of technology innovation and market disruption. It is no surprise to anyone when we see Apple moving into other areas of business, such as the controversial Apple Music, hoping to compete with Google Play, Spotify or Tidal in the music streaming business. It makes perfect sense, as they already supply the […]

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All of us here at Wazoku are excited to announce the introduction of parallel challenges to Idea Spotlight. We are always looking for ways to continue to improve, and allowing our customers and users more flexibility in their platforms is just one of the ways that we look to achieve this. We understand that everyone faces different challenges, which is why Idea Spotlight should be as open and responsive as possible. With our recent update, a challenge creator now has […]

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Happiness and creativity

What do you do when your computer starts getting a little bit slow, overheats or crashes? You reboot it. Just like computers, humans need rebooting and a bit of downtime to be able to reset and work efficiently again. This is not only a matter of common sense or just something we can all observe from our own experience, but there’s also research that points in this direction. Research made in collaboration with NASA pilots to measure the benefits of […]

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Over the past six or so months we have been working hard on a very exciting project here at Wazoku HQ. A few weeks ago the first phase of that project was released to the world and I wanted to spend a bit of time talking about it and its significance. A bit of background: Microsoft’s Office 365 product suite is a true enterprise powerhouse in the enterprise software world. It was a bold move by the wise and wonderful […]

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Innovation Roundup

Why agencies shouldn’t lead on innovation – Labs are seen as potential cash cows but too often end up as wastelands of misadventure. via @GuardianUK $4m prize offered for energy innovation – Applications for the $4m Zayed Future Energy Prize close this month. The annual global prize is open to businesses, schools and individuals who are developing renewable, clean energy solutions. via @howardlake Building an ecosystem of innovation – Cisco’s UK CEO talks IoE, cloud & security at Interop London. […]

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Innovation is the lifeblood of a company – it drives business growth, can increase market share, and also drive your company to find new fields of expertise.  But to enter new markets and continuously grow with new and competitively differentiated products, companies can no longer rely on ad hoc innovation processes and accidental innovation. To fuel the kind of innovation that will bolster the business over a time scale, organizations must encourage sustainable innovation. Sustainable innovation can be defined as […]

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