Category Archives: Innovation

Denying Innovation

It’s not a light switch: you can’t have innovation on demand. Rather it’s a space where you wish there were lights. It’s a space where, if we are lucky, light will occur. But not at the simple flick of a … Continue reading

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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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