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Design Thinking Drinks with Chris Vanstone: Creating social start-ups

Design Thinking Drinks is an event organised by Deborah Kneeshaw and sponsored by Thoughtworks. It’s on every couple of months and last week’s event attracted a big and curious crowd for Chris Vanstone design co-lead of The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI) and one of the founders of agency In With For. The speaker: […]

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Product design

“Novel ideas by themselves have no impact on society. It is their implementation that separates invention from innovation.”

We were talking “innovation” at work so I thought I would pull out this article. Innovation is such a buzz word it seems, to me at least; it loses its meaning each time it is uttered. But it’s meaning is concrete. “innovation is more than just the generation of novel ideas or the dissemination of […]

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The Work Experience

Does having it too good hamper innovation?

So thinks Nick Bilton in an opinion piece blaming comfort on the lack of mobile innovation at Facebook and Google I have a theory on why they both have been slow to capitalise on the shift to mobile. It’s that working at these companies is like going to work on an all-inclusive cruise ship. The […]

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Product design The Work Experience

Do you have a Chief Ideas Officer?

GE launched an interesting campaign site recently on “creative innovation” with short videos including an interview with Edward de Bono who talks innovation; namely: about simplification being a skill about the need to make someone responsible for simplicity about someone needing to be responsible for innovation  – and their remit being to connect those with […]

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The Work Experience

Are Australian’s too risk averse to be innovative?

In an editorial for the SMH Josie Gibson addresses the questions — just how innovative are Australian businesses, how innovative are they prepared to be or is the default state to go second and sit comfortably while others test the waters first? What is increasingly clear is that the terms ‘‘innovation’’ and ‘‘employee engagement’’ are […]

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The Work Experience

Growing too fast? Install a portal.

There’s no news yet as to how this portal is being utilised but its a nice idea spawned by the desire to make an expanding team feel more connected. Atlassian is growing…fast.  We expanded into a new floor and I was given the challenge of making it feel more Atlassian.  I wanted to make something […]