Innovation News

Dear Fellow Innovators,

As you may have noticed, over the past weeks we have been adding  to the ILF’s Wisdom page. New since the last mailout is an article originally written by Bettina in context of her tuition on the MBI at CEDIM in Mexico about Leadership, a case study on embeding design thinking into the arts, and a discussion about why the financial system needs an innovation lab


Also, we have created a twitter account for the ILF. So, if you want to be updated on all the new things that we are posting,  please follow us there.  


From now on we will start to share with you a little bit about the ILF's Family & Friends. Even though Bettina is the mind, body and soul of the ILF, we have a number of people who makes this all possible. We will start this series by presenting Caroline. If Bettina is the mind, Caroline is the hand of the ILF. She makes things actually happen. With a lot of common sense, skill and determination Caroline has created the foundation for more frequent communications with the ILF Wider Community. She caught the innovation bug when exposed to a 3-month project involving design thinking while with a previous employer in the field of insurance and finance in Switzerland. She came to London to pursue her new fashion through a Master in Innovation Management at Central St Martin.


After sending out the special announcement of our study tour we realised that we did not really provide you with a registration form! This has now been designed and you can find it here or download it here. 

By the way, the TechShop is currently recruiting for a number of positions!!! So, if you are interested - and speak German, please click here, here and here to find out more. 

Also, we came across three interesting competitions that are looking for nominations:

The Economist is inviting people to nominate someone (a person, not a company) whose innovation has been successful in the last decade. The winners are chosen based on how much revenue their innovation has made their company or its economic impact on a specific good cause or society in general, the effect their work has had on the marketplace (or if it's created a whole new marketplace altogether) and on the impact their innovation has had on a new type of science or technology. The winner will be announced at Innovative Summit in Hong Kong, on 14th of October. The nominations window is open and will close on April 17th 2015.

Each year MIT Technology Review discovers new generations of Innovators Under 35, the young leaders developing new technologies to solve the major global challenges of today in remarkably different ways and impacting the lives of millions of people around the globe. This year they will have local editions in  Belgium, France, Italy, Germany, Poland and Spain. The nominations are still open for people from Belgium and Poland. Check their website to see how to attend the event and how to nominate someone.   

The Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize honours outstanding contributions by individuals or organisations towards solving the world's water challenges by applying innovative technologies, policies or programmes which benefit humanity. The Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize 2016 laureate will receive S$300,000, a certificate, and a gold medallion at the award ceremony to be held during Singapore International Water Week 2016. Nominations close on 1 Jun 2015. To submit nominations, please click here.



Events & Courses

The Ambidextrous Organisation Breakfast
Date: 17th March, 2015
The Shard, London

Another event happening next week is the Ambidextrous Organisation Breakfast that OE Cam will be hosting. Over breakfast it will be shared tools and techniques on how to build the ambidextrous organisation and create a much better fit between the drive for efficiency and compliance and the pursuit of creativity and innovation will be shared. To find out more please click here. While OE Cam events are gerenally invitation-only, those from our community who are interested in attending should email Helen Pybus at

Call for papers: 16th International CINet Conference
16th March, 2015
Date of the event: 
13th to 15th September, 2015
Stockholm, Sweden

The Continuous Innovation Network (CINet) is a global network set up to bring together researchers and industrialists working in the field of Continuous Innovation. Consistent with this mission, CINet organises an annual conference. This year, the theme of the conference, “Pursuing Innovation Leadership”, reflects the need for firms to continuously find new ways to improve in order to stay at the forefront of innovation, and the important role that innovation leaders in different positions play in this work.  More and regularly updated information can be found on the conference website.


Launch of the European Social Innovation Competition

Date: 23rd March, 2015
Location: Gdańsk, Poland

The European Social Innovation Competition is designed to support the next generation of European innovators- people that have the potential to change the landscape of growth across Europe. This year’s theme is New Ways to Grow. Current models of growth are no longer fit for a society where scarcity is the new reality. The Competition will seek out organisations and ideas that sustain not only financial value, but also social progress for citizens and governments and reward the best three with a prize of €50,000.The launch event will take place on 23rd March at the European Solidarity Centre in Gdańsk, Poland. Click here for the full programme. If you would like to attend register here.

Webinar: Creating an Innovative Organisational Culture

Date: 24th March, 2015
Location: online - 10am (UK Time)

This one was brought to our attention by Natalie Turner of Entheo who is our ears on the ground in Singapore. According to the Singapore Management Agenda research, 60% of HR managers in Singapore identified encouraging innovation as a key people challenge. The big question raised by them is: how do you create a culture that can systematically create value out of new ideas? 

This webinar will introduce the Six ‘I’s of Innovation® an integrated Model used by some organisations to help them innovate and drive growth across their business. It will be facilitated by Natalie Turner, an experienced innovation practitioner and member of the ILF Wider community.  See more here.

Innovation Leadership, Learning & Immersion Programme (i-SUITE)

Date: 16th April, 2015
Location: Singapore

This one too has come through Natalie: A one-year membership programme for an experiential group learning journey for business leaders, innovation professionals, innovators, and entrepreneurs. Participants can start the membership at any time of the year (valid for 12 months), which includes a 2-Day Executive Workshop and 12-Months of i-SUITE Innovation activities. To know more please click here.


Global Leadership Summit

Date: 19th to 20th March, 2015
Location: New York

Just a reminder, the Global Leadership Summit will take place in New York next week. There participants will join discussions on issues surrounding the creation, communication, execution and sustainability of strategic initiatives within a company. The ILF community has 10% discount of the ticket price with the code  ILF10. Members of the ILF Networking Group should contact us regarding their 20% discount code.


We would like to let you know that the link we shared last week for the Worktech discount might be corrupted. If you would like to claim the 20% discount please use this new link.

Amplify Festival
 Date: from 1st to 5th June, 2015
Location: Sydney & Melbourne

The Australian business innovation event, Amplify Festival explores business disruption, innovation, technology, thought leadership and customer culture. The event aims to be an immersive experience and includes a prototype and start-up expo. The number of participants are strictly limited, so attendees are advised to register in advance.

This year’s Amplify Festival takes place in Sydney and Melbourne, 1-5 June and they have offered a very special 2-for-1 ticket discount code the ILF Wider Community. Sign up here to get your special 2 for 1 code.


Call for papers: Transformation Business Awards & Conference
Submission deadline:  31st March, 2015

Date of event: 11th June, 2015
Location: London

And finally, a call for papers! The Financial Times and the International Finance Corporation are coming together to host the Transformation Business Awards & Conference. They are accepting papers until 31st of March. This major global programme highlights ground-breaking, long-term private sector solutions to today’s development challenges. To know more please go check their websiteInnovation, impact, replicability and commercial viability will be rewarded on a transactional basis across the following categories:

  • Achievement in Urban Transformation
  • Special Award: Excellence in City Transformation
  • Achievement in Information and Communications Technology
  • Achievement in Transformational Finance
  • Achievement in Inclusive Business

All best wishes from your ILF Team (Bettina, Caroline & Lis).


Dr Bettina von Stamm, FRSA
Innovation Leadership Forum
+44(0)7767 428 457
Twitter: BvonStamm

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