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The pair is the primary creative unit

"The pair is the primary creative unit… At its heart, the creative process itself is about a push and pull between two entities,two cultures or traditions, or two people, or even a single person and the voice inside her head.” Joshua Wolf Shenk “The End of Genius” is certainly an eye catching ...

The Top 20 Open Innovation Countries

We were recently asked to contribute to an open innovation benchmark study by A D Little and Bluenove on our view on the top 5 open innovation countries. I quickly compiled my own thoughts (which for the record were i. Denmark ii.UK iii. USA iv. Canada v. Colombia/France) but then ...

Enlightened Tesla Liberates IP

Ownership isn't Everything I was heartened to read this today. It's Tesla the electric car company giving away its intellectual property to anyone who wants to use it. Given that the automotive market is fiercely competitive and not given to bouts of altruism this is a remarkable story. ...

The five behaviours of successful collaborators

Can you think of the best or worst project you ever worked on? The chances are it was some kind of collaboration with another partner. If it was, then what were the specific ingredients that made it work or didn’t work? We believe that successful collaboration is both an art and ...

Local communities innovating for themselves

Broadband for the Rural North (B4RN) is a community co-operative created to bring 1 gigabit superfast broadband to properties, regardless of how remote they are.  Once installed, this broadband will be the fastest in the UK and will help to ...

Unleashing Customer Innovation with LEGO Ideas

We are excited to see the launch of LEGO Ideas today, a new customer-led open innovation platform which enables anybody to suggest and launch new ideas for LEGO products and services. As a company they have come a long way since being reluctant open innovation pioneers, to now ...

Exploring the Power of Creative Collaboration

At 100%Open, we like to get out and about. And what could be more relevant than an event described as “a discussion, demonstration and performance on the power of collaboration” titled Creativity and Collaboration. So following a generous serving of burritos on the Southbank, our motley crew headed ...

How to Create a More Collaborative Culture

“If you want a quality, act as if you already have it.” William James Do we smile because we are happy, or are we happy because we smile? This question has vexed psychologists for centuries and the received wisdom is the former, namely that our minds determine what our bodies do. Of course ...

100%Open Union Film Première

100%Open Union from 100%Open on Vimeo. Here's our new video that we've put together to try and capture the essence of the 100%Open Union experience. Huge thanks to our stars David, Helen, Abba, Christof, Nicholas, Bill and Alex. Thanks very much to Phil and his ...

Innovations in Immortality

Henrietta Lacks was a poor African American woman who died of cervical cancer in 1951. In the process of her treatment, doctors removed some cancerous cells from her body, without her permission. A few days later the researchers studying her cells in the lab were surprised that they remained ...