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Rotating skyscraper

This is insane, a skyscraper where every apartment block rotates on the central core so the building is constantly changing shape and the view constantly changes. More on this design here.

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Now this is an idea. China aims to rate its 1.3 billion residents

The Chinese government plans to launch its Social Credit System in 2020. The aim? To judge the trustworthiness – or otherwise – of its 1.3 billion residents They are calling it a Social Credit System. They will seemingly do this by monitoring and evaluating your daily activities; what you buy at the shops and online; […]

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Data From 3.5 Million Employees Shows How Innovation Really Works

This is new research from Harvard Business Review is worth a read. They analysed millions of employees of users of an innovation management platform called Spigit. If you only have 60 seconds, here are the take-aways; Scale – more participants. To succeed, an innovation program needs lots of participants. It’s the wisdom of the crowd: […]

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The reluctant innovator

I was working on a project recently and helping out with a roadshow at one of their sites. They were actively looking for ideas from employees. One chap came up to me and promptly told me his idea. Of course I said, “great idea, put it in the system” to which he replied, “nah, you […]

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Brilliant Idea #358. Evacuation pods for high rise buildings

Unfortunately the difficulties of evacuating high rise buildings has been in the news.  If the fire is below you, the ability to escape to safety is very difficult. Brilliant Idea #358 is an evacuation pod.  They’re used on ships all the time. The only difference is that these have large, auto-opening parachutes.

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Brilliant Idea #357. Fake grass that looks less fake

Fake grass is, well, obvious, because it’s perfect. Brilliant Idea #357 is fake grass that looks less fake. Why can’t I buy fake grass that has a slightly different grass hight and colour?

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Is asking staff for ideas always a good idea. Radio show interview

In case anyone wants to listen to me on Engage for Success radio talking about whether Staff Suggestion Scheme really are a good idea.   http://www.blogtalkradio.com/engage-for-success/2017/03/06/show-197-is-asking-staff-for-ideas-really-a-good-idea

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Innovation Inspiration #107

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Innovation Inspiration #106

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Using gravity to store electricity

We’d all like to use more energy generated from renewable sources than carbon technologies but one thing traditional power generation has over renewables like solar and wind is that if we need more energy at some point, we can throw more coal or gas into the furnaces, but we can’t make the wind blow or […]

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What can we learn from education to make ideation workshops more productive?

We’ve probably all been in the situation where someone has caught us off-guard and asked, “any ideas”? For as confident that we might be that we ought to be able to come up with ideas, they’ve caught us off-guard, we feel totally un-prepared and our mind goes blank. The next time you run an ideation session, […]

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Why we kill our own ideas

Human beings are idea machines. All us have ideas all the time. Most of us don’t notice because we kill those ideas as soon as we have them. We’re all guilty of this. In writing down and sharing my ideas on this blog I’m pretty unique – odd some might say, but despite the fact […]

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