Innovation

Innovation in food security and why we need it

Innovation Consultant Amalee Nsour shares her experiences working with the World Food Programme in Jordan on innovation in food security through blockchain and more. Find more from the World Food Programme on Twitter. Not knowing where your next meal might come from, if you can afford it, or whether it will be nutritious enough, is the distressing …

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Innovation Under Crisis: Lessons for the Public Sector

Writer and researcher Beatrice Francesca Orante shares her thoughts on what public sector innovation looks like during times of crisis. Find more from Beatrice on LinkedIn and Twitter. One of the more interesting responses I have seen to the COVID-19 pandemic were mobile markets, which reduced the trips people made to purchase basic necessities. Local …

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The Third Need: Social Connection and the New Normal

Multidisciplinary researcher Laurence Heijbroek shares his [UK-based] perspective on shaping the “new normal”, the drawbacks of digitalisation, and building social resilience for the future.   Some sights live long in the memory.  I don’t think I will ever forget watching the news report on the start of lockdown in Wuhan.  The featured videos of neighbours …

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“Customer obsession” is key to Amazon’s success

To be Earth’s most customer-centric company is Amazon’s purpose and it shines through in everything they do. We spoke to Florian Baumgartner, Director Consumables, Amazon Germany, about the company’s approach to Purposeful Retail, observing consistent factors over trends, and how their obsession with pleasing their customers takes form. Can you tell us a bit about …

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Trends Shaping The Future of Purposeful Retail (part 2): Truthful Consumerism

In this series, social innovation strategist, Joi M Sears, breaks down the mega trends that are shaping the future of sustainable, Purposeful Retail. The world — politically, economically, and socially — is in a state of disarray. Society is becoming more polarized. Trust in the government, media, NGOs and businesses is at an all-time low. In a bold, new …

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The underlying values, behaivors, and needs driving Purposeful Retail by Kate Ancketill

Founder and CEO of GDR Creative Intelligence, Kate Ancketill has consulted on best practice and strategy in retail, brands and hospitality for 20 years, working with clients like Microsoft, Coca-Cola, P&G, Hilton and Tesco. ‘Innovation almost always starts with cross fertilisation’ says Ancketill. ‘Looking outside of your sector and geography at non-competitors is far more …

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