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What’s the Story?

The art of storytelling is hugely undervalued and under appreciated in business, especially in technology and innovation circles. We may all deal in facts and figures yet all that most people really want and remember are great stories. With this in mind, we ...

The Global Innovation Imperative

Excessive consumption, information overload, unsustainable growth, and spiralling inequality are complex global challenges that require unprecedented levels of coordination and cooperation. We urgently need to move beyond traditional approaches to innovation that are grounded in traditional "mechanistic" thinking, and constrained by national or organisational boundaries. We believe there are three big ...

Is open innovation ‘business infidelity’?

One of the activities that we do is run public open innovation calls so that businesses can find each other and collaborate. Like in Colombia CO4, we create and publicise an 'interesting question' in the form of a challenge and then ...

10 Survival Rules for Workshop Facilitators

For some years now I’ve been seeing my role of designer gain a new dimension: I’m facilitating workshops more and more where we co-design brands, products and services. Bringing workshop facilitation into my design practice results in a number of changes. It ...

Urban Data Challenge Infographics

These infographics relate to this Innovate UK competition that 100%Open helped launch.

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 ...