John Whatmore will be blogging on the innovation ecosystem: what he calls the "powerful undertow of invention and cross-fertilisation among products, services, processes, IT and business models".
Follow John's blog as he explores the latest thinking in how creativity can be harnessed and used to secure a golden future for the UK.
The innovation ecosystem has opened up. Once confined to research institutions, university research and corporate R&D, it now includes customers and suppliers, science parks and venture capital, incubators and accelerators, and myriad intermediaries. It extends to public services, social enterprise and local innovations. It is now a much wider world in which finding and developing collaborations and partnerships is itself a big opportunity for creativity.
A bit about John
John has worked in industry all of his life, most recently as chairman of a group of venture capital companies. He has also had a parallel career in local politics and local institutions, especially housing associations in London. Belbin recognises him as a co-ordinator and a creater.
A university illustrates the radical shift in the objectives to which enterprise is being put: it dedicates itself entirely to social enterprise.09.10.2012
With the intensive and sophisticated learning regime that it has developed, the RCA feels that it has a lot to give other incubators. But will it deliver on this? Nesta who is a major supporter of the initiative has high hopes that it can.28.09.2012
A competition is being run by a start-up to find a new start-up that will itself be groundbreaking in their industry, and will be provided with substantial launch-funding, showered with contacts and mentors/advisers – all in the glare of publicity.14.09.2012
I've been reading Tim Harford, (the 'Undercover Economist's) most recent book: 'Adapt: Why success always starts with failure', and I've relished the insights that behavioural economics offers about the real reasons why people make the choices they do.29.08.2012
Consider the possibility of Google and Facebook announcing a new link: not only do tomorrow’s Googlespecs have an embedded camera and phone as well as internet access, but they also have an embedded RFID tag and a QR code tag. Your Googlespecs could ‘recognise’ other wearers and bring up their features and their Facebook, Twitter and Google+ details on the lenses of your own Googlespecs.21.08.2012