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School of innovation – the role of mentoring in innovation

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A blog based on the ‘School of innovation’ webinar co-hosted by ideasUK and Wazoku When leadership says ‘Go, innovate!’ everyone panics thinking ‘Where do I even start?’. Here are a few tips from ideasUK and Wazoku, who both take a mentoring approach to innovation and recently shared a few best practices of working with their customers and members. Peer support …

localgov.co.uk: Crowdsourcing for ideas

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Generating new ideas is challenging business, particularly for large organisations with well established ways of doing things. But it doesn’t have to be. The advantage of being a large organisation — whether a local authority or a company — is you have a potential resource that frequently goes unacknowledged as a source of ideas: the workforce. An organisation’s employees, thanks …

Coaching as an enabler to innovation

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What is coaching, if not an enabler to innovation? Tim Urban writes for the very quirky and informative Wait But Why. In a January 2015 post on Artificial Intelligence he references “what futurist Ray Kurzweil calls human history’s Law of Accelerating Returns”. I encourage you to read the post but in the meantime I’ll share with you, without spoiling too …

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The Fidelity story – technology-driven innovation

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The Challenge Fidelity International (Fidelity), one of the UK’s largest investment fund managers, initially started collaborative innovation with Step Change, an IT department run innovation programme, managed through SharePoint. It was a great first step, however, SharePoint was unable to scale the initiative, provide the flexibility required or progress, track and move ideas and data the way Fidelity needed. Fidelity …

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Open Innovation vs Crowdsourcing vs Co-creation

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Various principles and concepts are used for managing research and innovation. You are probably familiar with these buzzwords: crowdsourcing, open innovation and a more recent one, co-creation. Organisations are gradually moving away from traditional work models; they are becoming a lot bolder and more inclusive in their approaches to innovation. As an innovation and idea management company we have witnessed …

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Leveraging the Crowd

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In this post we are going to look at one of the first stages of a successful innovation programme – Leveraging the Crowd. Businesses and institutions have been using crowdsourcing for years through focus groups, surveys, consultations and interviews to gather feedback and suggestions. Although the terms “crowdsourcing”, “open innovation” and “ideation” can sound complex and novel, they are merely new methods …

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Idea Spotlight – new features!

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Wazoku is proud to announce the launch of quite a few new Idea Spotlight features! Here’s a quick summary of what’s new and improved: Enhanced Interface The enhanced interface offers an easier way to view content across Challenges, Ideas and Idea Spaces. Now, all content is categorised into corresponding tabs, including tabs for overviews, ideas, evaluations, tasks, outcomes and analytics. …