Category: Innovation Conversations

Innovation Conversations – Julian Birkinshaw, Professor, London Business School

Innovation Conversation - Julian Birkinshaw, London Business School

Julian Birkinshaw is Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at London Business School. His particular field of interest is the challenges for large companies who want to work in more innovative and agile ways, which is a topic that comes up time and again in my work with Solverboard customers as well as in all the… Read more »

Innovation Conversations — Luke Mansfield, VP Innovation, PepsiCo

Innovation Conversation — Luke Mansfield, VP Innovation, PepsiCo

I met Luke at the FEI Innovation Europe Conference in June, where he gave a great presentation about the challenges of running an innovation programme in a large corporation. I was taken by his in-depth understanding not just of how to run successful innovation programmes, but how to navigate the politics and priorities of the… 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 »

Innovation Conversations  — Nicola Millson, Innovation Consultant

Innovation Conversation - Nicola Millson

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… Read more »

Innovation Conversations – Julie Dodd, Parkinson’s UK

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

Talking to Julie was inspiring — not just because Parkinson’s UK is an 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… Read more »

Innovation Conversations – Michelle Hawkins, 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… Read more »

How to make a success of innovation in your organisation

Please note: in February 2018 Solverboard for Business became Solverboard Work, and Solverboard Open became Solverboard World. Find out more about these changes here. While we’d love to think that all you need to get innovation projects up and running in your organisation is to start using Solverboard, we know that it’s a bit more… 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 »

Stay hands-on for successful open innovation

Accenture’s latest research into implementing open innovation has been in the news this week. The survey examined 200 innovation collaborations (100 from the US, 50 in China, and 50 in India) to evaluate their approach and success. The research threw up some interesting insights. One, highlighted by the authors in a Harvard Business Review article (but… Read more »

Not sure where to start with Open Innovation?

If your organisation has not adopted open innovation as yet, it can be daunting to know how to implement it. It doesn’t just involve a change of processes, but a complete change of mentality as you move from a closed, secretive approach to your R&D to working collaboratively with individuals and organisations outside your own… Read more »

Cleaning up Chicago

It’s another video for you this week – this popped up on our Facebook feed of all places, and caught my eye because it features Mr Chesbrough. No, not Henry Chesbrough this time, a different one, but just as connected to innovation. Ellis Chesbrough was a 19th century engineer who cleaned up Chicago with his… Read more »

Soaring upwards with open innovation

We were featured in Tech City News this week, with a piece about how secrecy in R&D is a thing of the past. We’ve reproduced the first few paragraphs here: go to Tech City News to read the full article.The driverless car is one of the key ambitions of our age: the first team to… Read more »

The 7 ingredients of creativity

I came across a beautiful video this week on the Royal Society of Arts’ website about the seven ingredients of creativity.The author, Cedric Villani, is a French mathematician who won the Fields medal in 2010, and the video is a lovely short piece of animation. It’s really easy to think that innovation and creativity are… Read more »

Are you in idea debt?

You know when you have a fantastic idea – for a project, or a blog post, or just a really well crafted tweet? Sometimes, you can spend so long thinking about the idea in question that it never actually happens, despite you having spent hours, even days, thinking about how you’re going to do it… Read more »

Profiting from Open Innovation

If you’re here, reading this blog, you’ve probably got an interest in Open Innovation, or innovation generally at the very least.But while reading about the concept is useful, we know that sometimes it would be useful to have something more practical, down-to-earth and focused on teaching you how to actually do it. That’s why we’re… Read more »

Generating ideas with the rule of three

Self-confessed start-up nerd and founder Tony Stubblebine posted on Medium recently about his rule of three for generating ideas.According to Tony: “one idea is a bad idea…two ideas is an argument…three ideas is a brainstorm” We love this post – Tony explains in a really engaging way why when it comes to the initial… Read more »

A fair day’s pay

We’ve always felt strongly about intellectual property (IP) here at Solverboard. Without strong controls in place to protect people’s creative innovation work, the risk with open networks is that the larger organisations are able to exploit or dominate smaller ones.As we discussed in an earlier post, Henry Chesbrough is very clear that Open Innovation should… Read more »