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Exponential Companies and Elastic Economies

Until recently, investors would invest in big companies for the long term and small companies for the short term. However that situation appears to be becoming inverted. Large companies obsession with quarterly reporting mean they are only becoming a short term bet, and only smaller companies has the ability ...

RED Innovation Successes

RED Innovation is the humanitarian crowdsourcing community that we manage for the International Committee of the Red Cross.   This is a re-post of my most recent blog there.  And also an invitation to you to join up if you want to contribute to helping the victims of violence....

Mobilising the Future

The future of mobility and transportation is changing fast and all sorts of organisations from tech companies, to car companies, to city leaders are in a race to find the new solutions that will transform the way we get around....

10 Do’s & Don’ts for Open Innovation Competitions

We were asked recently by a new client what our top 10 Do’s and Don’ts are for running open innovation competitions, based on our experience including the UBS Future of Finance Challenge, Unilever Foundry Ideas Challenge, Colombia CO4 Open Innovation Competition, and Ordnance Survey GeoVation Challenge....

+1

It never ceases to amaze me how the mere fact that we add +1 to the year, triggers a huge amount of reflection. Are we really one year closer to a brighter future, or else one step closer to some kind of dystopian nightmare? Faced with those two options, I remain, ...

The UBS Future of Finance Global Finals

It's been an intense and exciting second half to 2015 for the whole 100%Open team. Working very closely and collaboratively with UBS, we launched The UBS Future of Finance Challenge on 12th August 2015, an open competition for entrepreneurs and technology startups around the world. UBS was looking for innovative and ...

Building productive global partnerships

Collaborating between different organisations, in different geographies, and with different cultures, is inevitably very difficult. And so no matter what you are doing, it’s tempting not to even bother attempting to collaborate, and rather to try to do it all yourself. However working in isolation seldom works, especially if you ...

The Paradox of Purpose

I was asked recently what I want my personal legacy to be. It is such a big question and I wasn’t ready for it, so I just mumbled something about trying to leave the planet in better shape than I found it, and then wandered off to think about it some ...

People <> Connecting

Is there anything more fascinating that watching people meeting for the first time and getting on? I really don’t think there is. It’s such a fundamental human need. I’ve been reflecting on this a lot ...

Audiences + Algorithms

How often do you spend too long time on a piece of work but as soon as it’s shared, others are quick to point out inconsistencies in the argument, or spot the typo which you've long since missed? Secondly, what is the best way to find out if two people in a room ...