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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 …

Wazoku News: New London HQ, 1 million+ user reach, Copenhagen expansion

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Momentum is so important in many aspects of our lives. When we are ‘on a roll’ confidence builds, the daily bumps don’t impact you as much and good things seem to follow. Momentum is hard to achieve and even harder to sustain and it is therefore important to recognise it and celebrate it, especially with early stage businesses. At Wazoku, …

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Innovation Failure: We all need f*ck-up nights

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This age-old adage is the precursor to the well-oiled term in innovation circles; ‘failure and innovation go hand in hand’. I promise, this is not another innovation article about how we all need to embrace failure in order to innovate better and more successfully. A lot has already been written on the role of failure within the innovation process, and …