Everyone is Awesome*

How do you explain Diversity & Inclusion? Some prefer the analogy of a party. Diversity is being invited to the party and inclusion is being asked to dance.  I disagree. Diversity is not an invitation to a party. The best kind of party is one, where you didn’t need an invitation, because you already belong. This…

Socially Responsible Business Can Only Succeed If It Becomes a Movement

How might brands lead the way and role model responsible business? Richard Straub, founder of the Peter Drucker Society Europe, brings together a great argument in this recent Harvard Business Review article.  ‘What does it take to cause something big about a community to change — something that no one individually has much power over,…

Why women need to rethink networking

The most precious gift we can give one another is our time. Time for conversations, reflection, advice, and sparring. We learn as much about ourselves as we do about each other when we take the time to listen. But those transformational conversations don’t happen when we are in a rush. They happen as a result…

Marketing crack: Kicking the habit

Originally posted on canalside view:
“We’ve created a gambling culture in which we tune out everything except the most immediate outcomes.” Laurence Fink, Chairman and CEO, BlackRock “Addiction is a pathological attachment to something attractive in the short term, but destructive over time. Recovery is about looking where we’re going and choosing a path that can last.” Dr.…

Why we need to slow down our lives

Originally posted on ideas.ted.com:
As technology accelerates our lives, many of us feel an urgent need to slow down. One seductive solution: A secular sabbath. Pico Iyer makes the case, in this meditative excerpt from his new TED Book, The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere The idea of going nowhere is…

Engineering Shared Value Creation

Can ecosystems be engineered or are they by default out of control of individuals? Can companies be founded on the explicit intent to nurture ecosystems of value creation? How do you counter disruption and turn it into a force for company growth rather than a ticking time-bomb of eventual corporate demise? From brands to ecosystems The opportunity…

10 Job Skills You’ll Need in 2020

Originally posted on TIME:
This post is in partnership with The Muse. The article below was originally published on The Muse. The world of work—and the world in general—is changing. People are living longer, new technologies are emerging, and we’ve never been more globally connected. That means the skills we use now in the workplace…

The Future of Co-creation: The Rise of the Empowered Consumer

Power is changing hands. Connectivity is changing how we communicate, the kinds of products we find valuable and the services that we prefer. For a long time audiences chose a product not because it was superior, but because the switching costs were too high. Users were ‘locked in’ – not because of active choice, but because of the…

Co-Design and Collaboration

This Thursday sees a number of leading lights from the world of design and innovation, and myself, join forces for what promises to be an exciting session session at the Global Design Forum, part of the London Design Festival 2014. We will be discussing the role of designers in a world increasingly connected, and where traditional singular design…