Importing Nature Makes Great Offices and Happy Workers

Importing Nature Makes Great Offices and Happy Workers

As the world’s population becomes more urban, access to nature becomes more important to our wellbeing. From the pollinators that provide our food to the public parks that are the ‘green lungs’ of many towns and cities. Access to nature improves ...

Zero-Carbon Heat - Pathways to the Future

Zero-Carbon Heat – Pathways to the Future

37% of UK carbon emissions come from heating – domestic, public and commercial, and industrial. About 85% of the heating comes from gas. In its Net Zero report, the Committee on Climate Change argues that we must reduce carbon emissions ...

If You Want To Disrupt An Industry, First Understand It

If You Want To Disrupt An Industry, First Understand It

Everyone wants to be disruptive; to transform a market, sweeping away the big players and bringing exciting new ideas. It is the big win that everyone looks for. There are millions of articles about business disruption on Google with titles like: How ...

Think About the User Not the Technology!

Think About the User Not the Technology!

You have created a great new product you are really excited about. You have sorted out the business model, figured out how to deliver it to the user, and fixed any manufacturing and cost problems. This will be great! And then ...

Tackling the Climate Crisis - 100 Exciting Solutions

Tackling the Climate Crisis – 100 Exciting Solutions

Over the last 12 months, we have seen increasing interest in the climate crisis. We hear explicit warnings on climate risks from respected commentators like David Attenborough. Greta Thunberg is energising younger people to campaign for their future. Activists like ...

5 Ways a Technology Can Come Back From the Dead

5 Ways a Technology Can Come Back From the Dead

When a new technology appears it is usually accompanied by great excitement, at least from its inventors. What new opportunities does the technology open up? Where can we use it? The early enthusiasm quickly runs into practical barriers. The Gartner Hype ...

Digital Twins Are Useful, But Can You Trust Them?

Digital Twins Are Useful, But Can You Trust Them?

You may have seen the TV advert for Experian in which Marcus Brigstocke meets his ‘data self’. A collection of live information that governs how financial institutions treat him as a customer. This is a variant of the ‘digital twin’ ...

Why Industry Clusters Are Important For You

Why Industry Clusters Are Important For You

What do Mumbai, Copenhagen, the Spanish town of Castellón de la Plana, and the small US town of Dalton, Georgia, have in common? Each is at the centre of a concentrated industry cluster. Mumbai is famous for being the home of Bollywood, ...

Great Innovation Stories Teach Us How To Do Better

Great Innovation Stories Teach Us How To Do Better

I love reading innovation stories. Where the idea came from, how they overcame problems, and what they make possible. Stories are how we excite people about innovation and why it matters. We need to tell more stories and better stories. My ...

Helping City Managers See the Results of Their Decisions

Helping City Managers See the Results of Their Decisions

I have long thought the only way we can create cities that are economically successful, great places to live, sustainable and resilient, is to treat them as an integrated system of systems. The problem is that cities are so complicated we ...