Last week's broadcast of Generations Apart on BBC Radio 4 highlights the challenges young people face finding work in today's labour market in comparison to those starting careers in the 1960s.
The French government's strategy unit has just published 500 propositions, innovations et curiosités sociales venues de l'étranger.
Inspired by Pedro Medina's discussion of serendipity*, Nesta's Randomised Coffee Trials (RCT) initiative responds to Pedro's dual challenge of appreciating the benefits of serendipity and the need to 'build new fishing systems**.
It's been National Schumpeter Week on the British High Street. Gales of creative destruction have swept away three well-known chains of stores whose business models had been made obsolete by the last decade of technological progress*.
Many thanks to everyone who took part in our roadshow in Cardiff, which had a full house.
It's against the law to download a pirated £0.99 MP3. But (technology permitting) it seems that printing your own £249.00 iPod is fine.
Like most parents with young children, I get a lot of joy from imagining what type of boy my young son will turn out to be (here's my best guess: sporty, intrigued by the world, cheeky, and a giggler).
The Economist has put a toilet on the front page of its innovation issue. I get it - toilets are useful. They're ubiquitous. Sanitation has saved millions of lives.
Globally we waste two billion tonnes of food a year, according to Waste Not Want Not, a report out today from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
Last week Chuka Umunna, the Shadow Business Secretary, called for the UK to adopt a US initiative 'Small Business Saturday', which once a year urges consumers to shop at local independent stores. And in a poll taken by the Guardian last week, an overwhelming majority of respondents (83%) thought it was a good idea.
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