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Introducing the worst inventor in history

This week you have been working hard to identify, structure and categorise problems. In the previous activities you started to explore what can happen when you add solutions to complex …

How to Create an Effective Summary

Summaries can take a variety of forms; trailers, news headlines, executive summaries, tweets and advertising slogans. In this article, we look at a few simple structures for articulating your ideas. …

Criteria Setting

When evaluating ideas, one potential methodology is to identify a number of criteria to select against. By assessing idea performance against the desired criteria, you can make a selection based …

What are the Different Types of Innovation?

Let’s begin with the idea that not all innovations are the same ‘type’ of innovation. Some feel like small steps, others like great leaps. Some innovations are new technologies, others …

What is serendipitous innovation?

Some innovation is the outcome of dedicated and determined work to find answers to a problem, but some innovation is just ‘a bit lucky’. This second category includes accidents, chance …

What is CATWOE, and what does it do?

In some situations, often after first exploring a problem with an informal technique, it might be necessary to implement a more formal one. Formal problem-solving techniques These are formal in …

Further learning

Well done on reaching the end of the course! Are you feeling inspired to continue being innovative and enterprising, to learn more about the practice of Innovation, and to work …

Further learning

We hope you are enjoying the course and have started thinking about what your skills and passions are, and how you can use those to drive you and your ideas …

A few words on ‘failure’

Throughout this course you may have spotted a recurring feature – the central role of accidents, mistakes, and failure. Right back in Week 1, amongst our review of historic innovators …

Influencing people

Being influential can be difficult, especially if you aren’t used to being persuasive. In this video, Dave and Hélène explore the idea of being persuasive and influential. After watching, consider …

Knowing your audience

Another factor to consider when pitching is audience: not everyone will respond to ideas the same way. In this video, Dave talks about altering your pitch to suit different audiences. …

Making a pitch stand out

A good pitch is hard to ignore, but how do you go about writing and delivering one? Here, Dave talks you through his tips for pitching success, thinking about the …

Summarising your ideas

Being able to summarise your ideas in a short, snappy way will help you grab people’s attention. If you can’t explain your idea concisely, you’ll find it hard to convince …