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The birth of a new idea

Historically ideas were born in coffee houses and salons; where a greater range of the population had access to the conversation table.  This free form allowed not only a diversity of participation, but also the collision of hunches – giving them the impetus to become fully formed ideas.  Ideas have the space to interact with other ideas, to form newer and better ideas. 

Success in idea generation is about finding new ways to connect with people who have the missing pieces.  Breakthrough ideas don’t come in a moment of inspiration but take time to evolve after spending much time in the background gestating.  Refined, over time, and improved by collisions with other ideas breakthroughs occur. Therefore in designing innovative platforms new approaches that include new voices and different perspectives are needed to create systems to make ideas come together.

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Gamification meets social entrepreneurship

Games for Change is an organisation dedicated to creating digital games for social change, creating games focused on social issues to bring about awareness of important issues and bring about social change. For instance the Half the Sky Movement raises awareness and funds to empower women across the world. An important adaptation of gamification is to further social involvement. The three principles of this new form of gamification, which I refer to as the three i’s: Involve, Impact, Inspire.

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Brand Australia - are we there yet?


Over the last few weeks I have been in meetings with innovation companies, ranging from science based organisations, educational institutions to government agencies.  The common thread in all of these discussions has been what does the business landscape in the future look like?  And how is Australian placed in terms of developing its unique selling proposition (USP) globally.  The key question being asked is - what does brand Australia really look like?  To begin we need to shift our focus from just a country rich in resources - a commodity trader to a player on the global scale that has something others might aspire to experiencing.  Mining and commodity exporting as lucrative as it is, just isn’t sexy.  So what is uniquely Australian that is?

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Social Entrepreneurs - New motivation in business modeling

The next big idea in business can begin with as little as $27, and thanks to a social entrepreneurial approach people can have access to resourses that were previously unavailable to them.  In my last  blog on this topic I explored how social entrepreneurship was not a fad.  This blog explores how social entrepreneurship is a way for businesses to achieve a competitive advantage.

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