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Creativity, Invention and Innovation

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Creativity, Invention and Innovation

If you can generate new ideas you are creative // If you can develop these ideas into new products, services or experiences you are inventive // If from these inventions you can create value for customers, stakeholders, society and for your organisation you are innovative

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Smart Strategies, Shared Value and the Fourth Industrial Revolution

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Smart Strategies, Shared Value and the Fourth Industrial Revolution

In a world characterised by complexity and exponential change, it is incumbent on leaders to interrogate and anticipate the nature and risks of the wave of new technologies ushering in the fourth industrial revolution, and to consider the role their organisations play in harnessing their potential for the benefit of our resource-constrained planet and societies. 

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The Innovation Collaboration Imperative

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The convergence of internet technologies, cloud computing, and augmented analytical tools to interpret the rivers of data flowing through our now connected physical world is enabling the reimagining of new business opportunities and whole industries. It's an exciting time to be involved in innovation, in harnessing this exponential level of change to deliver superior customer experience, and drive profitable growth. Yet it seems that meaningful innovation, in a world where all systems are becoming inter-connected, is now harder than ever to execute, whether you're the start up or the incumbent.  Transforming long established industries, whether automotive, pharmaceuticals, service or healthcare, required sophisticated knowledge of regulations, testing protocols, and traditional physical assets in addition to...

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The Digital Future is Already Here

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William Gibson's phrase "the future is already here, its just not evenly distributed" is a personal favourite of mine, currently revived as the tag line of the 2016 Sydney Biennale. And if you want to see the future, in my experience, a visit to Japan is always a good start. From fashion or technology, market discovery trips to Tokyo always yielded strong insights. Last week I had the good fortune to meet Toshiyuki Inoko, the founder of teamLab, the Tokyo based interdisciplinary creative digital studio. I had first come across their mesmerising work at an exhibition in London and eagerly anticipated the opening of their first Australian exhibition*. What is...

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Design Driven Innovation Strategy

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Much of the current conversation about innovation is heavily skewed to that delivered through the application of new and scalable digital technologies. Whilst this captures the headlines, it is but one of three distinct strategic approaches to innovation: 1. the aforementioned focus on delivering radical or disruptive innovation that delivers quantum leaps in product or service performance. This is almost always driven by a 'technology push' approach. 2. focussing on improving currently available solutions to better meet customer needs - so called incremental or sustaining innovation. This approach is grounded in 'market pull' and is most effective when underpinned by the robust application of user centred design. 3. focussing...

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