From counter culture paradise to capitalist dystopia

By Richard Copland. Can you complete the following series? Avant, Firefox, Flock, GreenBrowser, K-Meleon, Maxthon, Opera, Safari, Sleipnir, Slim. A couple of pointers, think back to 2009, they were the browsers accessible via BrowserChoice.eu This thought piece will pick up on some of the points raised in the Californication and Radical Technologies article that we [...]

2017-08-10T10:07:25+00:00 August 10th, 2017|The Innovation-COOLER|

Leaving the robotics labs and coming to a workspace or home near you

By Richard Copland. Without giving all the details away this piece called out the comments of Barack Obama in his final presidential address and the impact of the relentless pace of automation that makes a lot of good middle-class jobs redundant. Across this and a series posts, I’ll unpack this technology challenge and the [...]

2017-06-13T07:53:54+00:00 June 12th, 2017|The Innovation-COOLER|

Robots and artificial intelligence in the shape of us

  By Richard Copland. Robots and Artificial Intelligence have been part of our everyday lives for some time, be it with our smartphones or a laundry folding application.  The latter recently attracted a cool $60 million-dollar investment from Panasonic Technologies in Japan. Humans seem to find a mechanical helping hand irresistible and there will [...]

2017-06-13T07:57:03+00:00 June 12th, 2017|The Innovation-COOLER|

Bots allowing knowledge workers to work even smarter

By Richard Copland This week 20 years ago IBM's Deep Blue defeats Gary Kasparov in a game of chess. Deep Blue’s victory against Kasparov represented a major milestone in the history of AI. But its win was more a testament to the brilliance of its team of programmers and grandmasters, as well as to [...]

2017-06-13T07:59:47+00:00 June 12th, 2017|The Innovation-COOLER|

Corporate Entrepreneurs are Unsung Heroes

Innocentrix Corporate Entrepreneur Awards 2016 – Winners Announced Entrepreneurial employees are those that think outside the box and dream up new possibilities. They have the experience and ideas on how to improve efficiencies and drive business value. They aren’t afraid to see the world in their industry differently. Susan Foley, Executive in Residence at Babson [...]

Democracy innovation and the return of social led engagement

By Richard Copland, July 2016. Over the last few years, we’ve seen new and exciting experiments in direct democracy emerge: the Open Ministry – Crowdsourcing legislation site in the Finish Parliament; the Icelandic e-democracy and participatory budgeting website Better Reykjavik; Podemos, the new decentralised Spanish political movement and the municipal citizen-led coalitions Barcelona en Comu [...]

2016-07-28T10:51:07+00:00 July 28th, 2016|The Innovation-COOLER|

Innovation is dead, long live innovation (Part Two)

The story for bravehearts, rebels, new kids, pioneers and renegades continues By Henra Mayer and Richard Copland A quick recap for those on part one – Innovation’s death was questioned and challenged we put a view out there that people needed to look elsewhere for results. In unpacking the challenge we felt the noise was [...]

Innovation is dead, long live innovation (Part One)

A story for bravehearts, rebels, new kids, pioneers and renegades By Henra Mayer and Richard Copland There once was a management fad called Innovation. It was beautiful and popular and had a certain mystique, maybe magic about it. It attributed certain revolutionary businessmen and women with the Midas touch and was the reason some pretty [...]

14 Habits of Successful Entrepreneurs

By Henra Mayer, Innocentrix CEO. While the small-and-medium enterprise (SME) business sector is the fastest growing in South Africa, according SMEToolkit™, 75 % of small businesses fail within the first two years. Bizconnect (2013) states that 96% of these small businesses will fail within 10 years. In order for the economy to grow, South Africa [...]

2017-04-19T16:29:06+00:00 April 6th, 2016|The Innovation-COOLER|

We are all API remixers now

By Richard Copland. The dawn of the thin enterprise In my role I get involved in lots of client discussions. People look at me to bring ideas to life that help tackle the disruptive challenges on their horizons. In supporting this we’ve created ‘The Future Enterprise’ a view of what an enterprise, city or government department [...]

2017-04-19T16:29:16+00:00 February 16th, 2016|House of Brands Technologies, The Innovation-COOLER|