Category: Creative thinking

MIT Solve – can technology help create the future of work?

MIT Solve Global Challenge

MIT launched its 2018 Solve Challenges recently, and as ever, they reflect some of the bigger issues of our times. Solve is MIT’s open innovation marketplace, connecting innovators with resources to solve global challenges, and it boasts highly prestigious people and organisations in its membership community as well as on its advisory board.  This year’s… Read more »

Powerful Questions

Powerful Questions

Have you ever been in a meeting which seemed to have no point to it and was a waste of time? Would it have helped to have someone ask:“Why are we having this meeting? What is its purpose?”. Or maybe you’ve been part of a project that has diverted from its original goal (or never… Read more »

Creating the Solverboard ecosystem: capturing, measuring and rewarding collective intelligence for real business value

Today our core business tool, Solverboard for Business, got a host of updated features as well as a fresh new look and a new name: Solverboard Work. But that’s not all that’s changed: the new Solverboard Work is just part of our Solverboard ecosystem of tools, designed to allow organisations to access the human intelligence… Read more »

Imagine an organisation where anything is possible – and then make it so

This article recently ran on as part of a Times supplement on Enterprise Agility.Fans of science fiction will know that in the future almost anything is possible. Whether it’s neural laces for human-to-computer communication, phasers set to stun or kill, sentient spaceships, depressed androids or interplanetary travel at beyond the speed of light, sci-fi… Read more »

Six years of 6Heads – the better angels of our nature

Monday nights are often pretty dull, especially at this time of year – it’s dark and cold, and everyone is adjusting to being back in the daily grind of the week. So it was hugely refreshing and uplifting to spend my Monday evening in the company of the lovely people at 6Heads, as well as a… Read more »

The EBN tech camp, Italy and a Cow.

Can you remember where you woke up this morning?Imagine that you wake up there again tomorrow… …and are lying next to a fully-grown cow. If you had 24 hours, from the moment you saw it, to make as much money from this cow as you could, what would you do? This is the question I’ve… Read more »

Scaling down: picking the best small innovation team

Solverboard creating small innovation teams blog post

Most people have heard of Amazon chief Jeff Bezos’ two-pizza rule: if a meeting can’t share two pizzas, then there’s too many people in the room. But if you’re using Solverboard, then it’s clear that you’re keen to get all your people involved in the business of innovation, so that can pose a dilemma when… Read more »

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

Innovation Conversation Part 1 — 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… Read more »

Does size matter? Building your innovation community

building your innovation community - Solverboard blog

  Please note: in February 2018 Solverboard for Business became Solverboard Work, and Solverboard Open became Solverboard World. Find out more about these changes here. A question our customers often ask is ‘how many Solvers do I need on my Solverboard team to make it successful?’ The short and infuriating answer, of course, is ‘it… Read more »

We’re helping Team Sky shift gears with their first open innovation challenge

  Please note: in February 2018 Solverboard for Business became Solverboard Work, and Solverboard Open became Solverboard World. Find out more about these changes here. It’s a whirlwind of lycra, pedals and helmets in the Solverboard offices today as we launch Team Sky’s first ever open innovation challenge – the first of a series designed… Read more »

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

This is a side project of mine, running a series of interviews with interesting and unusual people working in innovation – Innovation Conversations.Solverboard has recently started supporting this project, and the latest conversation in the series was with Simon Jones, the Head of Innovation at Team Sky. See below for the beginning of the interview,… Read more »

Why Marlon Brando is a clue to workplace creativity

I’ve been interviewing innovation professionals over the last few months for a series of articles I’m calling ‘Innovation Conversations’, and one thing they all agree on is that anyone can be a creative thinker. It doesn’t matter how old you are, what job you do, or whether you’re an extravert or an intravert, you are capable… Read more »

Pulled. Banks. Prone. Found us yet?

I was lucky enough to go to the How To Academy’s annual conference this week, ambitiously titled ‘How To Change The World.’ It was a pretty mind-blowing day, with 20 minute presentations from futurists, neurologists, scientists and many others. But one of the ones that stayed with me the most was from mapping app What3words.What3words is… Read more »

Are you an adaptor or an innovator?

It turns out that knowing the answer to that question is incredibly useful: for individuals, for managers, and for anyone hoping to build a culture of innovation in their organisation. Read on to find out why. For the last two days, the Solverboard team has been working on its creative problem-solving in a workshop run… Read more »

Technology, convergence and innovation

Some interesting thoughts this week here at Solverboard about technology and convergence. It all started with Anil Dash’s article on Medium which argues that there is no such thing as a technology industry any more. Anil’s point is that with technology underpinning almost every aspect of our lives, both professional and personal, it no longer… Read more »

e3′s four models of innovation – and how we can help

Our near neighbours, digital marketing agency e3 media, have been running a series of events around innovation recently, talking to executives from companies as diverse as Vodafone, Unicef, AXA and HMV about what innovation means to them, and how they go about encouraging it. (Innovation is an strong area of focus for e3, which has… Read more »

The importance of partnerships – Global Innovation Index 2016

The importance of partnerships and open innovation was emphasised once again recently, as the Global Innovation Index for 2016 was released.Produced by INSEAD, Cornell University and the World Intellectual Property Organisation, the annual Global Innovation Index: “aims to capture the multi-dimensional facets of innovation and provide the tools that can assist in tailoring policies to… Read more »

Radical innovation – not just for start-ups

What do you think of when you think of successful radical innovation? Is it the young, agile start-up, coming up with a disruptive idea that turns an industry on its head? The Uber or Airbnb trope of a few ambitious people in a garage, spare room or tiny office making history with their innovative technology… Read more »