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Delivering an innovation culture shift – the practical point of view

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Right intention, wrong execution. Working with a large enterprise began in the usual way: the Innovation Team in a room discussing their objectives. Early on, however, it was very clear that this journey would fall to the common pitfalls that intuitively seem like the correct answer, but, with more insight, quite clearly hinder the culture shift. The Innovation Team felt …

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Innovation doesn’t need to be the next Us vs Them battle

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The world seems to get more polarised every day. In all facets of life, collectively we focus on the extremes setting up an ‘Us v. Them’ battle that is self-defeating and ultimately unproductive. Rather than looking for commonality, as humans we seem determined to see only the differences. This article was originally published through The Future Shapers. We only have …

Fostering Innovation with Technological Solutions – Part 2

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The Apollo program has been called the greatest technological achievement in human history. Apollo stimulated many areas of technology, leading to over 1,800 spinoff products as of 2015. One component of that incredible feat of science and engineering that doesn’t get much attention is LC-39 or Launch Complex 39, the rocket launch site at the John F. Kennedy Space Center …

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Should we rush to a cashless society?

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In Sweden, cash transactions make up less than 2% of the total transaction value across the entire economy. The small number of centralised banks are co-operating in a push toward a cashless society – so much so that micro card readers have been issued to the homeless to allow them to accept donations from credit and debit cards. Cities in …

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Innovation – Is it all just a game of Jeopardy?

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Innovation, it all starts with jeopardy. Is this a truism? Does all innovation start with jeopardy? There is little doubt that “the risk of loss, harm or failure,” which is the dictionary definition of jeopardy is a component part of why we innovate. The pace of change across most industries, driven by new technology and more open, collaborative and transparent …

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Fostering Innovation with Technological Solutions – Part 1

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Here’s an odd challenge to get you thinking. What might the link be between Barcelona, fostering innovation with technological solutions and organisations looking to give the people what they want? This two-part series will explore the topic of a session I recently gave at a Design Thinking and Business Innovation Summit.  The series opens by considering how organisations are using …

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Wazoku hits Toronto with Everyday Innovation

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A relatively new term, intrapreneurship is defined by the Cambridge Dictionary as “the willingness or ability of people within a large company to take direct responsibility for turning ideas into profitable new products, services, business etc.” Our partner, the Intrapreneurship Conference, developed the idea of intrapreneurship into a global initiative, building an ecosystem of intrapreneurs by regularly bringing together innovation …

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Why, Robot? The social, moral & cultural implications of AI

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Google’s recent Pixel 2 event may have been focused primarily on new product, on smartphones and laptops, but the real story was the blanket pervasiveness of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. Artificial Intelligence is iterating at a rapid pace. As corporates and governments rush to implement, to automate tasks at speed and link technical actions to sensory experience, there is …

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10 Steps from idea generation to implementation

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Every successfully implemented idea/product is a result of a long and painstakingly supervised innovation process. While principles and methods of idea development are universal for all industries, there is no strict rule regarding the steps from idea generation to implementation. Here is a list of 10 steps that follow the idea management process from idea generation to implementation. 1. Idea …