Improve Your Innovation Fitness: Make Yourself Redundant

“Waves are not measured in feet and inches, they are measured in increments of fear.” Buzzy Trent When we talk about technology – and when we talk about change – we often talk about “waves”. Like surfers talk. Except it’s nowhere near as interesting or compelling. Except when we add a tinge of fear to it. When I first started working in publishing,...

Taking Digital Leadership to a New Level

When I started this blog ten years ago, it began with a rant. A call to action. It was a poetic exploration of what it might mean to focus on your customer above all else. It was also a warning about what would happen if businesses refused to do so. There are more to the words of consumers than the corporations expect. We huddle in groups, in chat rooms. We...

Minimum Viable Policy – the Pitches from Australia’s First #PolicyHack

On 17 October 2015, Wyatt Roy, the assistant minister for innovation co-hosted Australia’s first policy hackathon with startup accelerator Blue Chilli. It was a great opportunity to get up close and personal with the machinery of government, and hopefully use a little disruptive thinking to bring about changes in policy for the “innovation industry”. Working...

DiG Festival – Australia’s Best Conference You’ve Never Heard Of

There is a low murmur sweeping in to the auditorium from outside. There are people moving in and out – greeting each other, chattering, delivering coffee (yes, true, and more on that below). On stage, author and digital transformation leader, Jesper Lowgren, is stepping through the “new thinking and new doing” required by businesses to deal with the challenges...

Coffee Mornings Reaches a New Milestone

I remember it like it was yesterday. A little cafe in North Sydney on a Friday morning. A touch of trepidation. The smell of coffee. Walking in, I scanned the room looking for a familiar face. There wasn’t anyone I recognised. Or knew. I was almost ready to leave when I caught Emily’s eye. Yes, this was the right place. Hours later, we had solved the world’s...