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Snappy Summaries

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. …

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 …

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 …

Forms of innovation

We’ve been thinking about luck quite broadly this week, but let’s turn that back to thinking about creating lucky innovations. Before we think about how do that that practically, it’s …

Anticipating the possibilities for the future

Many of the most innovative breakthroughs in history did not appear to be breakthroughs at the time. Many appeared frivolous and silly, many were of little impact until circumstances changed …

Serendipitous Innovation

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

An introduction to creative habits

What do people do to unleash their creativity? If some people seem more able to tap into their creative thoughts than others, how are they doing so? There is a …

Describing your problem formally

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

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 …

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 …

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 …
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