Front end of Innovation conference report

‘Innovation managers have to be politically savvy street-fighters’ — notes from the Front End of Innovation

I’m suffering from information overload right now, having spent most of last week at the Front End of Innovation conference having interesting conversations with inspiring people. As ever, there were some key recurring themes around innovation (discussed in previous posts), but I picked up some interesting additional dimensions, met some great people, and learned some completely new things. Culture remains a huge… Read more →

Innovation Conversations - Nicola Millson

Innovation Conversations #8 — Nicola Millson, Innovation Consultant

Talking to Nicola was a pleasure as it brought up a topic I hadn’t thought about for a while — system change and system design. I wrote about systems, particularly human systems, a while ago and have always been fascinated by how they grow and develop. Nicola’s thoughts on the subject were a really interesting insight. It was also a joy to… Read more →

Hand holding phone showing staircases - Innovation Conversation with Julie Dodd of Parkinson's UK

Innovation Conversations #7 – Julie Dodd, Director of Digital Transformation and Communication, Parkinson’s UK

Talking to Julie was inspiring — not just because Parkinson’s UK is a great example of an organisation working with CAST to bring about a huge change in the way it helps people with the condition, but also because of her work on The New Reality, her research project on how digital technology can have significant social impact through the non-profit sector.… Read more →

Innovation Conversations #6 – Michelle Hawkins, Head of Futures, Virgin Care

This was a great conversation — I met Michelle by chance at an event hosted by the lovely people at Boundless (ask them about their Discovery sessions, they’re brilliant), and got talking about innovation straight away. I love the story of how Michelle came to her current role with Virgin Care, and her interest in happiness as something worth measuring and striving… Read more →

Innovation Conversation 5 - Simon Jones, Head of Innovation, Team Sky

Innovation Conversations #5 – Simon Jones, Head of Innovation, Team Sky

If there’s one organisation whose name is a byword for innovation right now, it’s probably Team Sky. In just six years, this professional cycling team has achieved what many initially thought was an impossible ambition: the first British Tour de France winner in history (Bradley Wiggins in 2012), a feat repeated just a year later when Chris Froome took the… Read more →

Laptop, glasses and mouse: Innovation Conversations from Cecilia Unlimited - Peter Fullagar, Kinneir Dufort

Innovation Conversations #3 – Peter Fullagar, Head of Innovation, Kinneir Dufort

This was a fascinating conversation, and a long one as Peter was hugely generous with his time, so I’ve put some links below if you want to jump to particular elements of the interview. Kinneir Dufort is a consultancy based in Bristol that develops products and brand experiences in sectors ranging from healthcare and consumer goods, to B2B and industrial products.… Read more →

Innovation Conversations at Cecilia Unlimited

Innovation Conversations #1: Lorenzo Wood, Chief Innovation Officer, DigitasLBi

Innovation is having a moment – everyone is frantically pursuing it, from governments who think innovation is the answer to the flagging economy (although interestingly Theresa May has taken innovation out of her new business-focused department’s title), to companies petrified of being Ubered out of existence by some upstart with a clever idea. The Internet is awash with articles about… Read more →

Felinesoft new corporate identity

Brand strategy for Felinesoft

The challenge: Felinesoft is a great company delivering development projects that range from CRM customisations to full business process systems and websites. They work with some big names in Bristol and beyond, including providing specialist development resource to some of Bristol’s leading creative agencies. Up until now, however, Felinesoft has been Bristol’s best kept secret, with very little brand presence… Read more →