social innovation

  • Crossed Signals: Things that Keep Us from Effective Collaborative Innovation

    Crossed Signals: Things that Keep Us from Effective Collaborative Innovation

    July 9, 2013 | By: | In: Collaborative Innovation, Strategies

    Sometimes we plan to go from point A to point B, but wind up at point C. What happens when point C turns out to be a dead end? In this article innovation architect Doug Collins explores the crossed signals that can occur when organizations attempt to advance their practice of collaborative innovation, but find themselves someplace less promising.

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    Four of Five Social Innovators Recommend…

    February 18, 2013 | By: | In: Collaborative Innovation

    Gartner predicts that four of five large enterprises that pursue social innovation with their employees and the world at large will, over the next couple years, fail in their endeavors. Ouch. Meatloaf gave better odds. In this article innovation architect Doug Collins explores how you might increase the odds of gaining a coveted membership to the twenty percent club.

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    Design Thinking for Social Innovation

    September 19, 2012 | By: | In: Around the Web

    Time and again, initiatives falter because they are not based on the client’s or customer’s needs and have never been prototyped to solicit feedback. Even when people do go into the field, they may enter with preconceived notions of what the needs and solutions are. This flawed approach remains the norm in both the business and social sectors. Social challenges require systemic solutions that are grounded in the client’s or customer’s needs. This is where many approaches founder, but it is where design thinking—a new approach to creating solutions—excels.

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    6 Steps to Social Innovation

    August 22, 2012 | By: | In: Around the Web

    An increasingly impatient social sector sees innovation as the holy grail of progress. This impatience stems in part from the perception that decades of traditional global development efforts are lost years, with billions of dollars spent and too little to show for them. The scale of poverty-related challenges and the growing levels of global inequality drive a sense of urgency and a frustration with old development recipes. These challenges have legitimized a collective quest for new solutions and innovations.

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    The Role of Social in Innovation Strategy

    March 8, 2012 | By: | In: Strategies

    In a recent SAP Community Network post Harun Asad mentioned innovation as one social strategy. In this article he explores the role of social in innovation strategy more broadly, and cites several real-world examples as well as shares some predictions for the future.

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    Leveraging the Social Web within the Enterprise to Drive Innovation

    October 5, 2011 | By: | In:

    The CTO of Tata Consultancy Services describes how he learns from his organization’s collective intelligence to help drive innovation.

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    Activate 2011: Creating Technologies That Can Change Society

    July 6, 2011 | By: | In: Videos

    Kate Bulkley, media and technology analyst, chairs a panel on how we can create sustainable and effective models for tech-led social innovation. In this video the panel members discuss some of the technical and political issues that may interfere with open innovation, such as non-profit vs for-profit, the lack of internet access in some countries and government screening.

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    Building the Blocks of Social Innovation

    June 27, 2011 | By: | In: Interviews

    Social innovation advocates challenge us to make the development and improvement of modern society our primary innovation goal. This week IM spoke with Josef Hochgerner, who created the first Centre for Social Innovation world-wide (1990) and introduced a definition of social innovation which increasingly meets approval among innovation experts. Find out more about his experiences and views on innovation management.

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    “Getting Transformational Solutions Off of the White Board and Into the Real World”

    March 11, 2011 | By: | In: Interviews

    Saul Kaplan, founder and Chief Catalyst of the Business Innovation Factory tells IM about how he is teaming up with passionate innovators to make real and lasting change in education, health care, energy, and entrepreneurship. Read more to find out how.

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    Innovate or Die: Aquaduct Mobile Filtration Vehicle

    October 13, 2010 | By: | In: Videos

    Watch this inspiring video about a new innovation for the developing world; the Aquaduct is a pedal powered vehicle that transports, filters, and stores clean water. The Aquaduct was the winning entry in the Innovate or Die contest from Google and Specialized.

  • Innovating with CSR – part 2

    March 3, 2010 | By: | In: Blogs

    Apart from investing in a separate CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Portfolio, companies can also embed CSR into their business model(s). This is a way of lubricating the ‘touch points’ with various stakeholders. This kind of CSR perforates in the corporate thinking and does typically not exist in a separate CSR portfolio. This requires that all projects are not only derived from capabilities a company has but are also embedded in the very juxtaposition of them onto the markets they serve as well. Hence, they cannot be separated from the business model(s). I believe this kind of CSR is really true CSR!

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    Innovating with CSR – part 1

    February 16, 2010 | By: | In: Blogs

    I happened to learn about a new book by the legendary Charles Handy when I visited him a couple of months back at his home in Norfolk England ‘ the new philanthropists’. True to the title of the Book of probably Britain’s most prolific management thinker (together written with his wife Elizabeth who is a portrait photographer), Charles talks about a new trend of successful young businessmen who don’t only believe in giving money for just causes but by working on the spot with the needy so as to create a sustainable impact. He offers examples from entrepreneurs from South Africa, Ireland and Australia among others.

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    Learning to Trade and to Innovate at the Base of the Pyramid

    February 16, 2010 | By: | In: Organization & Culture

    Is sustainable business the missing link in alleviating poverty and boosting global trade and prosperity? If so, how should companies exploit this opportunity in practice? Louise Koch, Danish Anthropologist and Business Innovator, talks about best practice, mindsets and resources for sustainable, people-centred innovation in developing countries.

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    Social Innovation – a Charity or Business as Usual?

    December 7, 2009 | By: | In: Strategies

    Innovation in today’s business environment is a must. Opportunities for innovation can be a problem to solve, a demand to satisfy, needs to meet. However, increasingly inspiration for innovation does not come only from underserved or emerging markets, but also from the social sector. Learn more about social innovation in this article by Gunjan Bhardwaj, head of Ernst & Young´s Global Business Performance Think-tank.

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