Category Archives: Innovation

San Francisco and the Artists of Innovation

Toby and Joe each have their own studio, facing onto the garden, separated by a common area: neutral ground. Both lifelong artists, they’ve welcomed me into their home in Bernal Heights, San Francisco, turning over their garden cabin to me … Continue reading

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The Innovation Factory: tangles and lines

I’m reading a great book about lightbulbs. I’d never stopped before to really thing about them. At best, they were something i lamented when they failed and grumbled at when i ran out of. I’d never considered them as a … Continue reading

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The enemies of innovation in organisations

You can’t have it all: in a world where risk is avoided and process codifies common sense into rules, we run the risk of ironing out creativity and innovation. Which wouldn’t be such a problem if the world would stand … Continue reading

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Unlocking Innovation in Teams

It’s been a fascinating week, delivering the prototype workshop around ‘Creativity, Co-Creation and Agility‘ and reflecting on how to unlock innovation within teams. There’s a clear dynamic between permissions, creative spaces, creative processes, improvisation and narrative. Whilst i don’t feel … Continue reading

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The New Work

When we sat exams at school, there was a little ritual at the start where everyone unpacked their pencil case: ink cartridges, sharpeners and a collection of mascots, in my case, a plastic dinosaur i think. My first office job … Continue reading

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Uncertainty is the only constant

The Social Age is about constant change: the evolving nature of work, a changed relationship with knowledge, agile technology and the blurring of the space between formal and informal spaces. This is not a period of transition between stable states: … Continue reading

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As worlds collide: formal and informal spaces in the Social Age

To understand the realities of the Social Age, we have to recognise that the boundaries between the formal and informal spaces in our lives have substantially collapsed. We inhabit a grey space where our communities, connections and conversations cross both. … Continue reading

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