Ingenious solar-powered designs, successful products from recessions past, radical innovation in the NHS, innovation events around the UK, and more – the Grant Thornton Innovation team aims to bring you the most popular business stories and useful links each month. Here’s what we’ve been reading…
Innovation UK calendar : Events to add to your 2010 diary, including a forum on Britain’s future space economy and innovative strategies to deal with the threat posed by communicable diseases.
10 products and innovations from recessions past : Desperation breeds creativity – or rather necessity is the mother of invention – so here’s a roundup of 10 innovations, from Diet Coke to Monopoly, that made their name during the downturns of the last century.
Choosing an innovation team : Author and innovation consultant Jeffrey Phillips outlines a critical factor for innovation success: how to put together the best team to help cultivate innovation.
Bringing home the innovation imperative to the NHS : With £15-20 billion of savings needing to be made in UK public services by 2011, radical innovation is finding favour in the NHS, says NESTA (National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts).
US patents take a fall : Business Week reports that in 2009, non-Americans have been granted more US patents than resident inventors for the first time. Japan and South Korea are currently the countries to beat – see Grant Thornton’s infographic for more on The New World Powers in Innovation.
14 ingenious solar power designs and innovations : Some of the unique ways in which people are integrating solar energy into architecture, vehicles, food production, even eco-friendly bras…
Innovation quotations : Some inspiration (and lines to use at work) for those who are tasked with being “innovative”, such as this one from Coco Chanel: “Innovation! One cannot be forever innovating. I want to create classics.”
Image of Pathfinder Solar-Powered Aircraft: © Nasa Images