Author Archives: Rowan Gibson

Was innovation still alive during Europe’s difficult “Dark Ages?” And could China have been on the brink of the Industrial Revolution four hundred years before the West? What does history teach us about innovation power and economic growth in the Medieval era? Continue reading

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What does a mysterious discovery in a sunken wreck off the Greek island of Antikythera tell us about the innovation power of classical antiquity? Could it be the world’s oldest “computer”? If so, what else were the Greeks and Romans capable of? Continue reading

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What can the Ancient Egyptians teach us about innovation? How did the creativity of this great civilization help them build such a mighty and enduring empire? And how do some of their remarkable inventions still impact our lives today? Continue reading

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Triumph of the Innovation Economy

We’ve heard so much about innovation in recent years that some misguided folks already view it as nothing more than a management fad. This series of articles aims to put that notion to rest. Join me on an epic journey through history, from the dawn of civilization until today, to prove conclusively that innovation is – and always has been – the fundamental driver of human progress. Continue reading

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What are the top three “must do’s” for breakthrough innovation success? And how can your company master them? Continue reading

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Insights - the Raw Material for Big Ideas

There is actually a front end to the front end of innovation. Before you start ideating, you need a set of really novel strategic insights. These are like the raw material out of which exciting innovation breakthroughs are built. Continue reading

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Blueprint

What is the best way to organize a company’s resources for radical innovation? One thing is clear: it requires a distinctly different approach – as well as different organizational structures – compared to incremental innovation. Continue reading

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