the personal and systemic aspects of innovation, how the new economy is emerging through personal and systemic change: this duality will help us reshape the world instead of us being overwhelmed by new economic forces. I call it re:Thinking Innovation because that’s what many of us are doing, rethinking how we create wealth.
Leaders in start-ups, government and big business, need to develop their thought leadership capacity, especially in the area of economic and cultural change. I help them do that.
I began my work life as a machine minder in a lead smelting factory and worked my way from there, eventually studying at the LSE, writing occasional sports pieces for the University newspaper. I got a chance to attend the BBC’s famed director’s course at the start of my journalism career. I caught the change bug as part of an EU team that brought broadband and mobile leadership to Europe in the 1990s. I was lucky enough to work with some very smart people whose ingenuity opened up new horizons. Now I move back and fore between journalism, film, technology and consulting fully appreciating the power and value of transformation.
I’ve written for HBR.org, the Wall St Journal, the Times, the Irish Times, and for a while as a food writer for Food and Wine and made programmes for the BBC, Channel 4 and RTE. my book the Elastic Enterprise is out soon. I like to give talks: the Personal Innovation Lifestyle, Innovation Architectures, and Succeeding in the Age of Hyper-Innovation.
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