Innovation and creativity

The odd thing is none of us ever had a problem with innovation and creativity when we were younger. Give any group of children a pile of plasticine, some mud, tubes of paint or buckets of lego and you will see amazing expressions of creativity and innovation. Unfortunately some time after we left school these skills were bashed out of us by the sensible grown-up world. The good news is that you can reconnect with these skills and the even better news is that innovation and creativity is probably your key business advantage and costs almost nothing. Anyone can become more creative and innovative and you don’t even need plasticine, mud, paint, lego or large amounts of toffee-flavoured vodka (although they might all help).

You may find Podcast 1 useful which covers:

  • What is a social enterprise?
  • The difference between social entrepreneurs and social enterprises
  • Why social enterprises often have to get rid of their founders
  • How to find entrepreneurs in your organisation (Hint: they are often the weirdo troublemaker)
  • Why entrepreneurs often make bad managers
  • What drives social entrepreneurs
  • Chris' "Mrs Buggins Test"
  • "Creative commons" and sharing ideas
  • The added value of social entrepreneurs
  • Why NHS Networks is a fantastic organisation

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If it's a good idea, go ahead and do it. It is much easier to apologize than it is to get permission.

Grace Murray Hopper

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