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The Transparency Trap

Most people tend to present the best possible versions of themselves publicly on social media, and elsewhere. And most organisations try to present the best possible version of themselves through their brand and communications. However by avoiding sharing your flaws - both as a person or an organisation - ...

Overcoming the 5 Innovation Blind Spots

These are the five most common innovation blind spots that we have often observed in many different organisations: Neglecting the human condition - Trust, empathy, intuition, integrity, emotion are all central to innovation. However despite our best intentions these are often overlooked by new technology and gadgets, which are fun ...

Sustaining and Scaling Openness

I was never a fan of the band Queen but I remember being moved to see the video to their song, The Show Must Go On, released at a time when their lead singer Freddie Mercury was in advanced stages of dying with Aids. Where others may have faded away ...

The Connected Car of the Future

  We were delighted to work with Nissan and Microsoft recently to help them launch a competition for MSN readers called Project Innovation setting the challenge to submit pioneering ideas that change the way we connect with our cars. A panel of ...

Take the market to your ideas

A lot of money and time is spent pre-testing ideas before they are launched as new products and services. And still many new products fail.  How can co-creation save time and money and increase the chances of success?  We are inspired by communities like Kickstarter and Indiegogo - great examples of building a ...

10 ways crowdsourcing can help you grow

The term crowdsourcing is defined as the process of outsourcing elements of your business by soliciting contributions from an external crowd of people, usually through an online community. Here are ten ways in which crowdsourcing can help ambitious entrepreneurs to innovate ...

The Glocalization of Innovation

There is an inherent paradox at the heart of every corporate strategy or ministerial speech demonstrating a commitment to innovation. On the one hand, it is now increasingly necessary to engage the smart people outside of your organisation, and access the best ideas wherever they may come from anywhere in the world, to remain globally ...

Corporate Engagement Award for Oxfam Future Shapers

"An incredibly useful way of identifying and unearthing people who valuable ideas might otherwise get lost in the system". Saskia Jones, Oxfam 100%Open and Oxfam have been 'Highly Commended' in the category of 'Best Internal Communications' at the Corporate Engagement Awards 2014 for our 'Future Shapers' project undertaken in 2013. ...

10,000 hours to build your network

They say it takes 10,000 hours to master a new skill, which roughly equates to about 10 years. I think it takes just as long to build a really good network, and master the art of unconscious coupling (to deliberately mis-quote Gwynth Paltrow). Networking is index linked to productivity, ...

The Currency of Collaboration

With a packed house for the evening we recently hosted our London Union Network Event at The Escalator, Barclays’ brilliant new innovation space and home to a vibrant community of start-ups, corporates, innovators, and investors. Union’s format is 5 minutes and 5 slides, ending with ...