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The future is not technology, it is human

When Apple launched iTunes no-one could have predicted its success. In a market where piracy abounded, who would ever have imagined that anyone could find a way to profit from the sale of music? Yet, its success is legendary, and … Continue reading

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Dream big. Limitations can come later

If you want to design a car that runs at 600 km/h, the last person you should hire is an engineer. Why? Because they will tell you it’s impossible. But you already know it is impossible – that is why … Continue reading

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Four innovation habits to cultivate in 2016

Benjamin Franklin, one of the US founding fathers, said that most people miss opportunity because it shows up in overalls and looks a lot like work. The same can be said of innovation. The word conjures up cool gadgets and … Continue reading

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The god, Profit, must step aside

The catastrophic plunge of Volkswagen share price last year, following news that the automotive legend has been systematically gaming the system and faking measured emissions of nitrogen dioxide, is yet another cautionary tale of capitalism gone awry. More specifically, it … Continue reading

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Make an impact not just an income

We need to recognise and celebrate that African entrepreneurs are leading the world when it comes to business innovation with a social and environmental impact. Take, for instance, Kenya’s Lorna Rutto, who was born in the Kaptembwa Slums and as … Continue reading

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#Innovation must rise

In October 2015 the higher education sector was brought to a standstill as students across the country took to the streets to protest against fee increases. The protests rapidly expanded to include a call for free education and a demand … Continue reading

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It’s what you do with innovation that counts

Creativity may provide the spark for innovation, but structure and process are its oxygen. And this is a tension that innovation leaders need to embrace. In a recession-threatened world we grab at innovation and creativity as one would a lifebelt … Continue reading

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Gearing up for new age of technological innovation in Africa

We’ve all heard that mobile is the future in Africa and that growth on the continent continues to outstrip the rest of the world, rising 18% per year over the past five years in sub-Saharan countries. When mobile technology arrived … Continue reading

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Innovators in waiting

We are living in the age of boundless innovation – or so we are told. Most companies, governments and academic institutions will insist that innovation is the key to unlocking greater productivity and competitiveness and that it is our best … Continue reading

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Designing a better future at all levels

Design thinking may be the cool new kid on the block in Silicone Valley, but it can also be used to improve the lives of millions of consumers at the bottom of the pyramid. In designing a product or a … Continue reading

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