Does 3D Printing Help Sustainability?

Over the last few years, there has been a significant growth in interest in 3D printing. It has moved from clever demonstrations of technical capability, producing objects impossible by conventional methods, to commercial usefulness. Initially used for the creation of ...

Successful Innovation Needs Divergent and Convergent Thinking

I was recently at an event on innovation when the speaker put up the following quote from the design guru John Maeda: “…economies are built upon convergent thinkers, people that execute things, get them done. But artists and designers are ...

Projects and Learning

We never learn Do you ever get a sinking feeling as you start a new project or activity? A conviction that somewhere, at some time, a very similar project started, and yet we can’t seem to lay our hands on what ...

5,000 Years of Knowledge Management

Thomas Stewart said, “the history of business is the history of ways of managing knowledge.” Competitive advantage has always been about being better at using knowledge than the other person. And when you look back into the past, that has ...

Where Do You Put Renewable Energy Until You Need It?

The cost of renewable energy continues to fall, and more and more of our electricity comes from renewables and low-carbon sources. On one day in June the renewable electricity supply peaked at over half the UK’s demand, and National Grid ...

Sustainability is About the Future of Your Business.

There is a tendency among many people to see sustainability as a moral crusade; the right way to run your business and lead your life. Others put it together with Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as about being a good neighbor, ...

Renewable Low-Carbon Heat

Decarbonising heat A key challenge facing the UK is decarbonising the energy system. The UK is legally committed to reduce its carbon emissions by 80% by 2050 and eventually to net-zero under the Paris Agreement.  Most of the focus in the ...

Another Brick in the Wall

A few years ago, I was working with the product development group of a technology company. I asked one of the managers how information flowed between the various groups involved in bringing a new product to market. “It’s simple”, he said. ...

Visiting the Future of Low Carbon Vehicles

On 7th September I visited the CENEX Low Carbon Vehicles event at Millbrook to find out what was going on in the world of low carbon transport. This was the 10th year, and in that time the topic has moved ...

Seeing and Being Seen

It’s the time of year to start looking forward to the best innovation conference and showcase in the UK – Innovate 2017. This year it is taking place on 8th and 9th November at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) Birmingham. From space ...