The long awaited Callaghan Innovation launched last week. Personally I look forward to the step change it promises. In particular, I look forward to seeing more connections being made between business and government, more collaboration and hope that this heralds support and growth of some of the great business innovation initiatives that are already operating successfully. It’s fantastic to see a growing and thriving innovation industry.
Early in the year I was lucky enough to spend some time with Sir Ray Avery, who I have to say is a man with a great deal of character, effervescent for life, people and ideas.
This book is a true celebration of the kiwi entrepreneurs and innovators in this country and will be an inspiration to many of us striving for success; a wonderful anecdotal read and a beautiful book. Happy reading!
Revolution Fibres, an Auckland company that uses nanotechnology to make super strong fibres – in particular, for air filters for household ventilation systems, high strength fishing rods and fabric to enhance skin healing – claimed the supreme prize at the 2012 New Zealand Innovators Awards more>>by Idealog,
I really like this short article by Andrew Waldeck about innovation bottle necks. So much of what we do as innovators is about breaking down barriers and changing the way we do things. As leaders if we concentrate on breaking down the barriers to get projects done then we would be far more successful at getting the innovation results we are desire.
To help you identify barriers that stop innovation from happening and enable you to improve your innovation performance check out the New Zealand Innovation Monitor survey.
A very scary but enlightening look in to how our ‘innovation eco-system’ is being managed!
Where is business in this equation? You may well ask….this blog by Peter Kerr at idealog.co.nz is definitely worth a read and a comment.
“You have an interesting (to say the least) and challenging brief to frame up the Advanced Technology Institute (your terms of reference will be most enlightening)”.
Mega Trends…A big thanks you to IRL for hosting the New Zealand Innovation Council forum last month.
For me the real insight came with the discussion around mega trends and some of the truly BIG things that are happening out there….and I don’t just mean Twitter, Facebook or the trend towards Green products and services. But the really big things…tsunami type BIG!
These mega trends are fast becoming a BIG part of the world that we live in and we need to prepare by changing the way we think about our customers; from how we engage with them to the products and services that they buy. We are no longer in the knowledge economy but in the connected tech economy.
Brett Telfer, Sector Strategy Manager at IRL gave us a good update and outline about some of the Future Trends globally and here in New Zealand.
I have ferreted out some more examples of the some of the mega tends that are becoming so important to the way we do business. These are really very exciting and worth a look.