Mobile money is a big growth area – but in parts of East Africa it’s been the way things happen for quite some time. Emerging from bottom-up needs fo secure ways of moving money around and using the power of mobile communications, MPESA provides a fascinating example of innovation from the edge which has mainstream implications.
The case study can be found here
We often use the metaphor of survival when talking about innovation – but there are some situations where this is literally true. In the kinds of crisis condition in which humanitarian agencies operate the need to find novel solutions and implement them quickly is always present – and may be the difference between life and death.
Not surprisingly this is a field full of innovative activity, both in the form of organized programmes from major agencies and also via bottom-up entrepreneurs and user-innovators. We have begun work on a project looking at humanitarian innovation and will return to this theme again. But for now two useful resources:
Some fascinating case study examples can be found here
And a literature review trying to position the humanitarian innovation system in the wider context of innovation can be found here
Beautiful location and some inspirational discussion at this 9th meeting of the Peter Pribilla network. (Click here for more details of the organization which works on themes around innovation and leadership).
Lynda Gratton previewing her new book on ‘The Hundred Year Life’ – what will it mean when we can routinely live to be 100 years old or more? What implications will that have for the worlds of work and employment, what skills might we need, what networks and what resources?
Helmut Schoenenberger talking about the new ‘TechShop’ which he is opening on the campus of the technical University in Munich as part of their huge entrepreneurship centre, UnternehmerTuM. This will offer , following US examples, a wide range of prototyping tools and an environment where people can ‘build their dreams’
Albert Heuberger of the Fraunhofer IIS (the place which invented the mp3) talking about ‘Joseph’s’ – a new shop about to open in the centre of Nuremburg where people can come in and try out product and service ideas in prototype form, co-creating and crowdsourcing around new technologies. ‘Rapid social prototyping’ was one of the phrases used – certainly sounds intriguing and worth a closer look – see here for more details.
Our new book, ‘Strategic innovation management’ is now out – it’s aimed particularly at those with a general interest in innovation rather than taking a specialist course. We’ve tried to make the language and structure more accessible to appeal to people for whom English is not a first language and we’ve made extensive use of ebook links to our innovation Portal where there are many resources – cases, media, tools and activities. See here for more details of the Portal.