What makes the Innovation Ecosystem different?

Paul Hobcraft

In the past few months, I have been writing consistently on the need to change our innovating process, thinking and designs into Innovation Ecosystem ones. This will be my initial view of how this needs to be shaped as the overriding architecture of an Innovation Ecosystem.

Status Bias Inhibits Innovation

Destination Innovation

If we want to find the best and most effective innovations, then ideas should be judged strictly on their merits and not on their sources. Respect for authority and position can inhibit creativity and innovation.


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The linkages of innovating purpose

Paul Hobcraft

The linkages of innovation purpose. Whenever I get into conversations about innovating, we always hit difficulties on the question, “how can I build this well and be sustainble?” I frame this as the linkages of innovation purpose.

Dating Apps love Innovation

Destination Innovation

Matt McNeill Love and George Rawlings adopted a highly innovative approach with their dating app Thursday launched in 2021. They offer great lessons in diversity and innovation. [i] The post Dating Apps love Innovation appeared first on Destination Innovation.

The Modern Supply Chain: Global Challenges and Best Practices

Speaker: Bart Huthwaite - Principal, RSM, Operations and Supply Chain

Fueled by innovation and modernization, Bart Huthwaite will unpack how developing and improving your resilience and adaptability will future-proof your global supply chain and set you up for long-term success.

Accelerating Clean Energy Innovation

Paul Hobcraft

“Without a major acceleration in clean energy innovation, reaching net-zero emissions by 2050 will not be possible.” The role of innovation has a crucial one to play. What does this all mean for innovation? The big innovation needs of the Energy Transition.

Positioning my innovating approach

Paul Hobcraft

I want to find a new way of approaching innovation, a new positioning, and these are my opening statements to be questioned and built upon. Innovation touch and value maps. We need to cover the breadth,depth and scope of all innovation possibilities.

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Barriers to innovation, the cause and effect.

Paul Hobcraft

I am on a personal mission to convince innovation software providers, corporations and innovators to change how they undertake innovation. In some recent posts, I argued that we need to adopt a broader innovation ecosystem thinking and design.

The Cascading Innovation Effect.

Paul Hobcraft

We need to think about a choice-cascade integrative model for innovation. Often we fail to understand our role in contributing to innovation; we need a cascading effect. It is where we fit understanding and fresh knowledge within the innovation web. Visual source; [link].

Innovations linkages to Strategy is vitally important

Paul Hobcraft

as a conversation between us, where we emphasise the important linkage between innovation and strategy. Our first conversation called the Fundamental building blocks for innovation success (13 minutes), links here , introduces the series and the areas of our focus.

The lost innovation pathway

Paul Hobcraft

I was recently working through a set of older presentation files and came across this extract concerning innovation again and thought I must share this. Are we making real progress in our innovation activities? The extract offers much for any innovation pathway we might be considering.

How to Transform Your Supply Chain: Digitization for Decision-Making

Speaker: Hannah Testani, CEO of Intelligent Audit

The future of the supply chain industry will take the emotion out of decision-making by leveraging innovative technology to transform raw data into actionable intelligence. Join us for this exclusive webinar with Hannah Testani to learn how to improve your company’s bottom line and, ultimately, your end customer experience.

The Critically Important Innovation Narrative

Paul Hobcraft

A story has limited value; for me, it is the more powerful narrative that drives innovation, inspiring and gaining identification in multiple ways. So defining stories and narratives, you see the growing potential of having a good narrative for your innovation activities.

Building out our innovation ecosystem in design and thinking

Paul Hobcraft

Finding the new building blocks of innovation ecosystem design and thinking. Why change our thinking and designing around innovation ecosystems?“. constrained by the current often disjointed innovation system and design they have adopted, built in piecemeal fashion over the years.

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Applying innovation thinking to Affordability versus Sustainability

Paul Hobcraft

So if you are voting for a continuance of affordability expecting an abundant world, then our innovation stays locked into incremental improvements to keep forcing the price down and demand up. Sustainable innovation needs to shift our thinking.

Balancing your innovation portfolio: Does the 70-20-10 rule still apply?

Idea to Value

How much of your innovation budget and innovation efforts should focus on improving your existing business, and how much should seek to explore and transform your business for the future? But what does a well-balanced innovation portfolio look like?

The fear of business contagion requires different innovation response

Paul Hobcraft

Business contagion requires different innovative responses. Over two posts, I want to lay out the underlying concerns (here) and the new dynamics we can deploy by changing how we undertake innovation as my second post. Innovation takes on new twists.

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A Deep Dive Into Supply Chain Strategy: Why Yours Isn't Working

Speaker: Michelle Meyer, Founder and CEO of MatterProviders

Michelle Meyer is here to walk you through the future of supply chain strategy, and why your current approach is probably not working. In this exclusive webinar, she will explore ways to develop and perfect your new supply chain design in this post-pandemic era of economic uncertainty.

Potemkin villages and faking innovation

Idea to Value

Sometimes, innovation teams will attempt to show fake success in order to hide their real struggles. Potemkin Villages and fake innovation. Trust me, this happens a lot more frequently than you would expect in innovation teams. It is like performing innovation theatre.

Building the Innovation Business Case

Paul Hobcraft

The building always the Innovation Business Case offers a unique approach to tackle one of the real problem areas within innovation- making the case compelling. One of the toughest aspects within Innovation is making the Business Case.

Please, we need a different Innovation narrative

Paul Hobcraft

I have been struggling for quite some time with innovation’s increasing difficulties in influencing growth and achieving real impact. I see many comments on the failure of innovation, in its inability to be at the core of an organization’s ambitions for growing and changing.

China the story of innovation and disruption.

Paul Hobcraft

Much of the innovative disruptions seem so obvious; you wonder why we were not doing these before. Many of these are defined today as marketplaces, where innovation has pushed the boundaries and stretched thinking to combine aspects of multiple transactions into connected and seamless ones.

The Leadership of Open Innovation

Speaker: Paul Sloane, Director, Destination Innovation

Paul Sloane is a well-known author and speaker on open innovation. In this session, Paul takes us through examples of successful open innovation programs to explore the breadth of what open innovation can be for organizations and the value it can bring. This was a great session you don’t want to miss.

Innovation Ecosystems: The future of Open Innovation

Idea to Value

For the past decade or so, one of the most popular ideas in innovation has been around Open Innovation. This is the practice of innovating and co-creation in collaboration with people outside of your company. Innovation ecosystems open innovation

Establishing an innovative business platform adoption approach

Paul Hobcraft

” I suggested in this post, “ Platforms allow you the opportunity to innovate in very different ways. They take a position on looking at behavioural approaches suggesting when behavioural insights have been adopted, innovation has ceased to be “innovative.”

Getting back to the Future about Innovation

Paul Hobcraft

Paul Hobcraft and Jeffrey Phillips in conversations around innovation. In this series, planned to be only of 10 to 15-minute conversations, we are picking up on many of the fundamental building blocks of innovation. Jeffery and I go back within the innovation space a long way.

Defining Innovation Capital

Paul Hobcraft

My definition of what makes up innovation capital: “Innovation capital is the sum of all that promotes the development and changes required for achieving innovation outcomes, within one organization or its broader networked environment, for marketplace advantage”.

A Strategic Approach to Open Innovation

Speaker: Jeffrey Phillips, Senior Consultant, OVO Innovation

This action-packed session examined the critical questions you should ask as you establish an open innovation framework: which technologies or ideas? Which partners and how many? Which methods? By taking a strategic approach to open innovation, you’ll find the right ideas or partners more effectively, and you’ll accelerate new products to market more quickly. This was a great session you don’t want to miss.

Setting the right innovation challenge

Paul Hobcraft

They rightly state it becomes an important aspect is to challenge the existing and find new innovative ways to solve decarbonization issues across many tough areas. Atos offers its first international student competition dedicated to technological innovation. Image Atos [link].

Innovation requires a more dynamic systematic approach

Paul Hobcraft

Innovation requires a more dynamic, systematic approach. All companies talk about innovation and its growing importance, but why is it that still so few succeed in actually doing it on a repeatable scale? What inhibits innovation? What would drive innovation success?

Building the use of the innovation work mat as a compelling business case

Paul Hobcraft

The Executive Innovation Work Mat as a compelling business case. In this video conversation of around 13 minutes , we explore why the leadership of organizations needs to get deeply involved in the innovation activity. This makes innovation central to this CORE need.

When Not to Innovate


While ongoing innovation is essential for sustainability, you must ensure you [.]. Blog InnovationWhile many of your products and services will need to evolve, not every wheel needs to be reinvented. Or, not at the present moment.

6 Keys to Making Collaborative Innovation Successful

Speaker: Soren Kaplan, Founder of InnovationPoint

We are excited to launch the Collaborative Innovation Webinar Series with Dr. Soren Kaplan. His just released book, "The Invisible Advantage," provides actionable insights into how any organization can create a culture of innovation, an environment that promotes freethinking, an entrepreneurial spirit, and sustainable value creation at all levels and across all functions. By registering for the webinar, you will get a free excerpt from his book.

Breakthrough Innovation vs. Disruptive Innovation


Aren’t breakthrough innovation and disruptive innovation the same thing? It’s a common question when building innovation strategy. But it’s the context of the innovation that’s important. What Is Breakthrough Innovation? What Is Disruptive Innovation?

L.I.V.E. (Lean Innovation, Validation & Execution): A new, more effective way to manage multiple innovation projects

Idea to Value

This new management method makes it nearly impossible for innovation teams to fail at delivering multiple challenging innovation projects faster, with less risk and lower required budgets. How do you prioritise the potential innovation projects? innovation management method.

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The trough of innovation disillusionment

Paul Hobcraft

innovation disillusionment or just boring? You get this increasing sense that the ‘fizz’ has gone out of the innovation bubbly, we are seemingly in a trough of innovation disillusionment. The innovation party presently feels a little flat.

Innovation Passion led me here

Paul Hobcraft

Having an innovating passion. So many multiple strands constantly need to be pulled together to build a complete innovation picture. Innovation ‘speaks to us all in different ways and has multiple meanings. Innovation needs to speak to us.

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How to Gain a Competitive Edge: A Deep Dive Into Supplier Diversity Programs

Speaker: Rod Robinson - SVP of the Supplier Diversity Practice, Insight Sourcing Group

In this exclusive webinar, Rod Robinson, SVP of the Supplier Diversity Practice Lead & Center of Excellence, dives into the key benefits corporations are seeing emerge from their supplier diversity programs and how you can gain invaluable competitive advantages with a supplier diversity program of your own.

New innovation approaches to counter the fear of Business Contagion

Paul Hobcraft

Choosing new innovative approaches to counter the fear of Business Contagion. What has been changing in how we approach innovation, and have we taken the opportunity to radically revise the innovation system and process accordingly? Working in innovation ecosystems.

Fitness Landscape Dynamics for Innovation

Paul Hobcraft

Innovation is not so easy, there are so many dependencies that you need to work through.The importance of recognizing innovation needs a systematic approach becomes clear when you begin to work through all the needs and issues to understand and translate. Fitness Landscape Dynamics.

Where do Innovative Ideas Come From?

Destination Innovation

This is an innovative but derivative idea. We need lots of innovative ideas to solve today’s problems. The post Where do Innovative Ideas Come From? appeared first on Destination Innovation.

Confronting Your Darwin Effect through Innovation

Paul Hobcraft

Confronting Your Darwin Effect through innovation. I have been working away, call it my labour of love, with plenty of frustrating moments but have “pushed on” through sheer determination, on my thinking through the ‘harnessing’ of the dynamics within innovation.

Three Keys to Accelerating Innovation through Connecting and Collaborating Outside your Organization

Speaker: Gordon Vala-Webb, Author, Speaker and Consultant, Building Smarter Organizations

From his upcoming book, Building Smarter Organizations, Gordon will do a deep dive into connecting and collaborating with those outside your organization to accelerate innovation. Gordon will provide practical strategies to connecting and working with the "nearside" of suppliers, partners and alumni in order to accelerate innovation.