Innovation News

Dear Fellow Innovators,

In a world that is changing at even faster pace, we know the importance of keeping updated with emerging trends, insights and knowledge. So, when updating the ILF website we thought that it would be a good idea to have a space to share articles and other things we find interesting and provocative for those interested in innovation: the Wisdom section. Our l
ast addition was an article indicating that Unilever is interested in following Natura (a Brazilian cosmetics company) to become the second publicly trade company to attain a B Corp sustainability certification.  Is it a signal of a new paradigm in which corporations act as responsible global citizens? Check it out here.  


Another piece of Wisdom that we have shared concerns  the Global Opportunity Report. 200 sustainability experts and 6,160 business leaders in 21 countries were asked about their views on building a safe and sustainable future. Based on the results five major global risk have been identified, which formed the foundation  for several innovation workshops during which 15 opportunities in sustainable living have been fleshed out.  We like it, from ‘threat’ to opportunity! To know more click here

You have probably noticed that we feel rather strongly  about all the  work being done in the sustainability sphere. So, when this dropped into our inbox, even before we had a closer look at it, we wanted to share it as widely as possible!  This kind of lateral thinking is what innovation can be about!  Have a look at the prezi presentation and the website.

Last but not least, ILF Ambassador, Emily Miller has made us aware of the vacancy for an  Innovation Director for a large global FMCG in Germany - anyone interested (of course we do not know whether it is still available…)? Get in touch with Lis to find out more :-)

Events & Courses

ILF Networking Group meeting: 
Innovation and the Digital Landscape
19 March, 2015

We are delighted to announce the first event of the ILF Networking Group on 'Innovation and the Digital Landscape' which will take place Thursday 19th March in London (venue to be confirmed).  A lot is happening in IT and the digital world - what does it all mean for innovation and innovating?!  As usual, while it IS an ILF Networking Group meeting, we are delighted to welcome those non-members who have something interesting to share in this space, and / or would like to experience the group in order to decide whether they should become a member (we do have corporate as well as individual membership!).


This was in fact a tip from Noel Hatch, a member of the ILF Networking Group. After seven years of running the Acumen Global Fellows Program, Acumen has created +Acumen, a platform where they provide free online courses. They are sharing tools, knowledge, and networks to scale the impact of their traditional leadership programs and change the way people tackles poverty. Lis has already signed up for several!


Ursi Van der Herten, another dear member of the ILF community is Product Manager for ESADE Business School. She has brought to our attention some very interesting courses that they are running this first semester.

Design Thinking for Business Innovation
Date: 22-29 April, 2015
Location: Helsinki-Barcelona

Presented by ESADE Business School and Aalto University Executive Education, this immersive program will teach new solutions based on Design Thinking for the challenges facing business today. Design Thinking for Business Innovation is a program for corporate leaders as well as senior executives and managers who want to integrate creative practices into their business processes and corporate structures. For more information download the brochure and visit the website. Members of the ILF Networking Group should contact us regarding a special offer. 

Open Innovation and Corporate Entrepreneurship
Date: 18-22 May, 2015
Location: Barcelona

Creating new markets, embracing new business models, and identifying new customer segments within existing business units is a major challenge. The Innovation Imperative: most innovations fail. Yet, in the long run, the risk of not innovating is greater than that of innovating. Companies that don't innovate will die. This course provides participants with an Open Innovation and customer centric framework where, through collaboration with a variety of partners, new ventures can be created with a new perspective and faster clock speed.  For more information download the brochure and visit the website. Members of the ILF Networking Group should contact us regarding a special offer.

3-day immersion in Retail Innovation
Date: 17, 18 & 19 June, 2015
Location: Barcelona

This immersion program will bring participants to spend 3 days immersed in customer-centric retail innovation with their peers. They will experience in an “R+D lab” where will be taight effective methods to devise innovative retail business models capable of generating sustained customer preference, so steady cash-flow and profit. For more information download the brochure and go to their website. Members of the ILF Networking Group should contact us regarding a special offer.

Resource Event
Date: 3-5 March, 2015
Location: London

This is an event for those looking to improve resource efficiency and adopt circular economy models. It is free to attend the exhibition, the conference and the workshops. To know more click here.

PD+I 2015
Date: 20-21 May, 2015
Location: London

The PD+I (Product Design Innovation) 2015 will bring discussions around user experience, innovation, designing locally, design for medical devices and many more. The new technologies will also be explored with talks about wearables, 3D printing and consumer preferences in smartphone and tablet cases. To learn more check out their website.

The ILF community has 15% discount of the ticket price with the code  YRY50548. Members of the ILF Networking Group should contact us regarding their 20% discount code.

FT Innovate Latin America
Date: 17-18 February, 2015
Location: Hilton Panama

Finally, we would like  to remind you that the FT Innovate Latin America is fast approaching. The inaugural FT Innovate Latin America 2015 conference will look at the role consumer plays in the innovation matrix.  It will also discuss the latest innovation stories from companies across the region, and reveal the 'nuts and bolts' of innovation implementation within a corporate setting.

The ILF Wider community has 20% discount on the ticket price with the code ILF20. Members of the ILF Networking Group should contact us for their special 25% discount. To learn more about the event click here.

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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