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John Bessant

Using the Power of Crowdsourcing to Combat Humanitarian Catastrophes with Innovation
Ideation & Collaboration

Using the Power of Crowdsourcing to Combat Humanitarian Catastrophes with Innovation

That old saying - ‘many hands make light work’ - takes on a particular meaning in the world of innovation. Faced with op...

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Strategy & Alignment

The "Hundred Club", Surviving the Innovation Business in a Long-Term Run

  Next time you switch on your TV or computer display spare a thought for the company who probably produced the liquid c...

Sweating the Small Stuff
The Innovation Manager

Sweating the Small Stuff

 The Tour de France is a gruelling race, clawing your way up mountains, pounding along mile after mile of roads – and al...

Flirting with ideas
Ideation & Collaboration

Flirting with ideas

Vienna. 1926 and Slawa Duldig was looking forward to a pleasant Sunday walk in the gardens of the Kunst Historisches Mus...

The Complex and the Chaotic: Going Beyond Incremental Innovation
People & Culture

The Complex and the Chaotic: Going Beyond Incremental Innovation

Innovation is easy. Or rather, certain kinds of innovation are. Faced with the challenge of improving a product or servi...

What is Free Innovation?
Trends & Future Thinking

What is Free Innovation?

Kittihawk, 1903.  Wilbur and Orville Wright, up at an insanely early 5am, listening to the wind singing in the wires of ...

Platform Thinking: Reusing Hard-Won Knowledge
Strategy & Alignment

Platform Thinking: Reusing Hard-Won Knowledge

 Watch any group of kids playing with Lego and you’ll quickly get the idea behind platform thinking. A small number of s...

The Power of User-Led Innovations
Ideation & Collaboration

The Power of User-Led Innovations

Babies are wonderful, a constant source of fascination as you share their discovery of a rich new world and see things a...

Knowledge as a social process
People & Culture

Knowledge as a social process

Walker’s Wagon Wheel tavern in the 1970s has a particularly important place in innovation history.  Its name provides a ...

Creating the Physical Space for Innovation
People & Culture

Creating the Physical Space for Innovation

Building spaces for innovation is a hot topic these days. Whether you call them innovation hubs, maker-spaces, fab-labs,...

Bridging different worlds – the power of recombinant innovation
People & Culture

Bridging different worlds – the power of recombinant innovation

Wandering round Chicago in 1912 William Klann was a man on a mission. He was part of a team set up to explore ways in wh...

Playing chess with the Red Queen
Disruption & Transformation

Playing chess with the Red Queen

This is the Red Queen, one of the famous characters in Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice through the Looking Glass’. And whilst she...