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BLOG: Innovation in the Wilderness

Date: Thursday, May 2, 2019 Date: Thursday, May 2, 2019 Time: 07:45 - 09:15 Location: Gusto, 16 Bothwell St, Glasgow G2 6NU

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Many of you will know Paul Fletcher from his past appearances over the last eight years, so it was great to have him back.

Paul, not only has long and established career working in innovation, he lives and breathes innovation with unquestionable passion and arguably he leads innovation practice in Scotland. We enjoyed hearing what he’d been up to since he last spoke with stories from his world with the likes of:

  • Scottish Water
  • 3M
  • Edinburgh College
  • Open Innovation & Scottish Enterprise
  • Arup/HydroNation

Paul revealed why Innovation is still in the wilderness”: looking at the need to embed open innovation in business, through collaboration and experimentation. We are all familiar with the term ‘collaborate to innovate’, however do we really understand what this means in practice and how do our businesses realistically go about embracing innovation in their psyche? Paul believes people don’t have the encouragement at their work place to innovate. He explained that innovation is not just product or service but it’s about the people. If the people don’t innovate then nothing else will!

As ever there will be plenty of tips on how to take a systemic approach to innovation:

  • How to problem solve by embracing collaboration
  • How to breakdown internal silo’s – fear of failure from the management
  • How to maximise opportunity – experiment and fail in order to learn and succeed

Co-creation with customers is evidently the way forward says Paul, and we must:

  • Experiment with every customer project
  • Encourage free reign within your team
  • Learn from failure to achieve success

Using his usual mix of customer case studies, knowledge and humour, Paul added perspective and relevance to his presentation with lively discussion from the floor.

Download Paul’s Presentation – Prez May 2019

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