Author Archives: Paul Hobcraft

The Growing Shift Towards Social Innovation

On 16 and 17 March 2011, Social Innovation Europe will be launched in Brussels. Funded by the European Commission, Social Innovation Europe will create a dynamic, entrepreneurial and innovative new Europe with the intent for Europe to embrace the broader concepts within innovation and set an example globally for this social movement. The aim is by 2014, Social Innovation Europe ...

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Open Innovation at the Crossroads

Open Innovation (OI) has been around for some years, in the past three to four years the notion of open innovation has accelerated and moved very much and becoming embedded into the structure of many organizations. Presently most organizations are dealing with the roadblocks surrounding open innovation either internally within their own structures or with the potential partners that they ...

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Get Ready to Accelerate the Innovation Profession

Sometimes you become concerned, this is one of those moments. I’m getting concerned that we need to take some urgent action. The Corporate Innovation Manager – is stuck in the middle. Recently I was going through a report, a very helpful one on the on the Corporate Innovation Function – summarizing key findings and detailed results from a study commissioned ...

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Welcome to the Brave New World of Innovation Ecosystems

Will ecosystems replace simple ‘old’ innovation collaborations as we know them today? Open innovation has suddenly lost its pole position. Board rooms around the world will be thinking through the events that unfolded recently and I’m not talking about Eygpt. Just get into the story that has been unfolding at Nokia in the recent weeks, it has been breathtaking but ...

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Growing Imperative for Dedicated Innovation Scientists and Engineers

I believe we are arriving at the point of real value by organizing dedicated innovation scientists and engineers into a specialized innovation unit. Innovation has emerged into part science, part art and design, and plenty of engineering (social and process). Today to successfully manage innovation is getting increasingly challenging and placing considerable strain on the present design and structures of ...

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The Cult of Seven for Innovation

Recently I was going through my files and was amazed how the use of ‘seven’ came up to form some sort of magic ‘seven’ framework. I’m not sure if we can blame this all on the “seven wonders of the world” but ‘seven’ has some magic perhaps when it also comes to listing. Is it because our attention span can’t ...

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Moving Towards a Distributed Innovation Model

How are we going to really unlock the true potential of frontline managers, middle managers and the whole workforce for ‘seeing’ and engaging for their contribution to innovation? Far too many organizations still don’t provide the opportunity for everyone to contribute to innovation. I think as open innovation moves from the labs and research centers OI will be one of ...

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Social Will Dominate Future Innovation Thinking

Putting the word social into our innovation thinking is going to be a really important thing to do in the coming year, if you haven’t already. It will dominate our actions increasingly. The challenges of ‘social’ is everywhere; within organizations, in all sorts of collective movements, in politics, across government, society, markets, academic institutions and effecting our personal lives in ...

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Building the Innovation Business Case

One of the toughest aspects within Innovation is making the Business Case. Much of the information is imperfect, the returns are often fuzzy and unclear in the early stages and the doubters line up ready to block and deter new ideas from entering the commercialization process. Justifying new innovation to others can often be really hard. How can you reduce ...

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A Fresh Approach to Future Innovation

Achieving a sense of renewal to your innovation activities by Paul Hobcraft We need to constantly renew within ourselves. There is a time when your innovation efforts may need a serious renewal and for many this might be now. Knowing when to invest in an innovation renewal and organizing for it is like any other organizational activity. Those that are ...

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