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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 ...

Open Innovating Sectors and Countries

Open innovation is great at the beginning, when you are having new ideas and making new connections, and great at the end when you are making money and/or creating new value, but generally pretty awful in the middle, when you have still have a fragile proposition and only a fledging ...

Your Story Starts Here

When a colleague extended an invitation to come along to The Story - a conference about all kinds of stories and ways to tell stories - I really wasn’t entirely sure that I wanted to go. Before committing, I tried to do a search for further details on the Internet ...

Open Innovation Network Builder

This post describes a simple five stage process for building your open innovation network described in detail below. The five stages are: Visualise your current core innovation network Make the most of your current network Identify your new open innovation partners Search, share and scan Engage and keep in touch...

Innovation without the ego

The problem with innovation is that too often it tends to be all about "me, me, me" - in other words it is about the mythical and heroic person with the best ideas or with an uncanny ability to ...

DNA Liminality

I’ve been thinking about getting my DNA sequenced for a while though I’m not entirely sure why. I’ve only been to see a doctor a relatively small number of times in my life and don’t spend a huge amount of time thinking about my health. In talking about it with some ...

It’s who you know knows…

It’s not what you know, and it’s not who you know; it’s who you know knows that is most important for insight and innovation. Contrary to what we might expect, numerous sociologists [e.g. R. Dunbar, R. Burt, M. Gravenotter etc] have now shown that we don’t learn as much from our ...

Insight or just plain fact?

A lot of our recent projects seem to have involved uncovering insights. For example we have been running on-line communities (called Co-Creation Crowds) with users of hair styling products and premium packaged cider.  In these crowds we begin by trying to find some new insights into people's behaviours or attitudes. ...

Season’s greetings from all at 100%Open

This year we are donating our print card money to the Philippines Typhoon Haiyan and Earthquake appeal. Recent natural distasters have caused wide spread devastation to communities and conservation projects run by Interface and the Zoological ...