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The eagerly awaited 2015 World Development Report (WDR), launched yesterday, is on the topic of ‘Mind, Society and Culture’. For busy readers there is a great 40 page overview here and those with an aversion to reading can check out the handy infographic below. But I urge you all to download and read the whole thing. It is superb stuff – to […]

Disruption

This is my contribution to the 2015 UNICEF State of the World’s Children Report, Reimagine the Future, which this year focuses on ‘innovation for every child’. You can download the Exec Summary here and explore the digital essay library here. I was also on the Advisory Board for the Report. (For my previous posts on innovation, click here.) 
Innovation should […]

  …History repeats itself. While malaria rates went down again as a result of insecticide-treated mosquito nets and widespread deployment of artemisinin-based combination therapies, the parasite adapted its genetic machinery to resist these powerful medicines and is now preparing for a devastating return… If P. falciparum becomes totally resistant, then the ACTs would become ineffective and all investments […]

This is a fascinating thinkpiece from four leading thinkers at the Boston Consulting Group, Martin Reeves, Ron Nicol, Thijs Venema and Georg Wittenburg. As well as discussing the power of evolutionary approaches in business, it showcases BCG’s work with agent-based modelling to strengthen strategic thinking (about which more on this blog soon). Much of relevance […]

Tips

Following the response to my post earlier this week on systemic innovation, here are NESTA’s top tips for effective systems innovators.  1. Even a great product is no guarantee of success Superstar designers might garner the acclaim for iconic products, but much of the value they create lies in the systems that support and enable them. Products […]

innovation

Some readers may already know how big a problem fishing nets pose globally – I have to admit that I had no idea. Every year, it seems, almost three quarters of a million tonnes of abandoned and lost fishing nets “pile up on beaches, create a navigational hazard for boats, or settle to the ocean […]