April 2019

Reinventing ourselves: Innovation and innovative practices

April 28th, 2019|

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In his book “Brave New Work: Are you ready to reinvent your organization” Aaron Dignan says,

I have met countless leaders who are frustrated. They are confronted with the fact that the scale and bureaucracy that once made their organizations strong are now liabilities in this era of constant change….They are being asked to invent the future, […]

March 2019

Climate Change Preparedness & Humanitarian Action:

March 27th, 2019|

From this month’s Humanitarian Futures newsletter

  • Cyclone Idai & Climate Change Preparedness
  • Global Sectoral Survey (Contributions)
  • Humanitarian Action: Compassion and Mutual Self-interest

Climate Change Preparedness

Cyclone Idai began to unleash its fury on Mozambique and Zimbabwe as well as Madagascar and Malawi on 15 March. It reached speeds of between 150 and 177 km/h, but the final human and structural consequences — though already horrific […]

January 2019

Alternatives Humanitarires – The future of humanitarianism

January 18th, 2019|

From the French journal Humanitaires Alternatives, November 2018

The future of humanitarianism

Dr Randolph Kent • Director of the Futures Project, Royal United Services Institute (London)

Dr. R. Kent

Going back over 50 years of history in order to consider the future of humanitarianism. Randolph Kent takes up the challenge, pointing out the structural flaws […]

How To Think About Innovation

January 18th, 2019|

From the McKinsey & Company January 2019 Shortlist

A fresh mind-set—something many of us aspire to as a new year begins—is the key to innovative thinking. In the corporate context, such a mind-set can help leaders devise creative solutions to familiar (and pesky) problems.

But it’s no secret that innovation is difficult for established companies. They tend to succeed more by optimizing existing businesses […]

December 2018

Transformative Technologies & Models of Governance: An Emerging African Paradigm Literature Database

December 27th, 2018|

When considering the inter-relationship between technological innovations, societal capacities and needs, the African continent is becoming a fascinating case in point. In many ways, the private sector, local communities, social networks and governments are leapfrogging the pace of technological change in many other countries around the world. Africa in so many ways is becoming an innovations hub. And, thanks to Will Jenkyn-Jones, who […]

Twelve Transformative Innovations for 2019… and beyond

December 27th, 2018|

A growing number of innovations – all too often unnoticed – could have considerable benefits for billions of people across the globe. However, the list of transformative innovations below, are not those that will transform societies as a whole. Rather they have been selected because each in its own ways is focused more on the benefits it offers individuals, groups of individuals and […]