Innovation Conversation #10 — Samuel West, Innovation Researcher and Curator of the Museum of Innovation Failure

Innovation Conversations #10 — Samuel West, Innovation Researcher and Curator of the Museum of Innovation Failure

The Museum of Innovation Failure enjoyed a lot of press coverage recently, which is how I first came across Samuel. But although I wanted to ask him about that, I was also interested to see that his academic work has been focused on creativity at work — a subject close to my heart. I thoroughly enjoyed our conversation about play and playful… Read more →

Conversation #9 Part 1 — Antony Beckett and Dave Jarman, Teaching Fellows, University of Bristol

Innovation Conversations #9  — Antony Beckett and Dave Jarman, Teaching Fellows, University of Bristol

For this conversation, I spoke to Antony Beckett, the Undergraduate Programme Director and Dave Jarman, Postgraduate Programme Co-Director for University of Bristol’s Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Both are Teaching Fellows and responsible in part for designing the pioneering innovation degree programmes now being offered at the University. Talking to Antony and Dave was memorable for a number of reasons:… Read more →

Cecilia is one of those rare finds that brings expertise injected with enthusiasm and an uncompromising ability to deliver. When it comes to innovation management she is passionate about the subject, sage like in her counsel and is always actively talking to interesting people and pioneers in the field to network and link up opportunities between different parties. She is an absolute pleasure to work with and brings a wealth of value to any team or project.

Phil Atherton, Co-Founder, Solverboard

I knew Cecilia by reputation long before we got the chance to work together, so being able to work together on the launch and ongoing promotion of Solverboard has been brilliant. By coupling her strategic content creation ability with a genuine love of – and expertise in – the innovation process Cecilia has become an integral part of Solverboard’s success. The annoying thing is that she makes it look so easy!

Charlie Widdows, Co-Founder, Solverboard

18th century Royal Mail coach in Science Museum

Never work with animals or 18th century mailcoaches: the importance of stories of failure

I’ve been thinking about stories a lot lately, particularly stories of failure. Telling stories of failure is hugely important for many reasons – not least because it resonates with audiences that have all, let’s face it, screwed up in some way or another in the past. Told in organisations, failure stories build innovation culture by telling employees that it’s ok… Read more →

fuzzy front end of innovation

‘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 #7 – Julie Dodd, Director of Digital Transformation and Communication, 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

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 →