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Hello everyone!

We hope you are having a fantastic summer, whatever the temperature and weather are like. In London we are experiencing beautiful sunny days inside and an anticipated autumn feel temperature outside.

We have been keeping busy at the ILF this season. There are a lot of new articles for you at our Wisdom page. You will find pieces about  disruptive innovation, Google’s new wearable technology, the smartest companies of 2015, growth and sustainability, and many many many more. Honestly, you should go and check for yourself ;)  

Also, we are delighted to share with you this video by Eva Kirchberger, the first ILf Student in Residence. Eva discusses what Service Design for Innovation is and where it could be in the future.

Another short video that we are very happy to share is this one introducing POC21 (Proof of Conept for the 21st century): The innovation camp starting on the 15th of August. The camp will bring together 100+ makers, designers and social innovators to join forces at Millemont Castle near Paris. During five weeks of co-making and co-living, their goal is to prototype a new way of living and being that is sustainable. Participants will embrace an unique creative process complete with mentoring sessions, work sprints, reality checks, campfire chats and more. The mission of POC21 is to inspire an action culture of makers that replace mass consumerism and to make open-source, sustainable products the new normal. We at the ILF are especially excited about this project as we have interviewed Dominik Wind, co-founder of POC21, about the project a few weeks ago. You can read the full interview here.


A few months ago, we presented the book Frugal Innovation by members of the ILF Wider Community, Navi Radjou and Jaideep Prabhu. They demonstrate that frugal innovation is one of the most critical emerging models of value creation for both businesses and the customers they serve. We really think that this is an important subject and we wanted to facilitate this information to our community. So, we asked and they kindly agreed to give 40% discount to the whole ILF Community with the code FRUGAL40 when purchasing the book from their website.

Another book that we are very excited about is The Ambidextrous Organization: Exploring the New While Exploiting the Now by Jens Maier. In this book, Maier brings to discussion how can businesses balance the different demands of both exploiting and exploring.  Mega-trends such as ageing populations, mobile technology and renewable energy are creating new opportunities for innovation that require links and convergences between industries, and leaders have to face the challenge of steering their organisations through this uncharted territory. Traditional management approaches will not work: both leaders and their organisations have to be geared towards ambidexterity. Jens has taken the time to answer a few of our questions - read the interview here. A thirty percent discount is available on the book when ordered directly from the Palgrave website, all you need to do is use promo code PM15THIRTY to claim a 30% discount at checkout.


Young Leaders for Sustainability (YLS) is a qualification program for young leaders who want to make a difference. The program builds a network of young professionals from business, government and civil society supports change makers in facing complex challenges within their projects and their leadership development. YLS is a 10 month long program that provides the participants with tools to successfully create a sustainable future. It strengthens the abilities to:

  • manage complex change processes effectively
  • design efficient and result-oriented dialogue processes
  • develop own leadership skills around sustainability issues
  • use the collective Leadership Compass design and implement projects
  • inspire others to tackle the complex challenges of sustainability pro-actively

At the moment this program is only for German speakers. If you are interested, you can find out more about it here. For all of you, who don’t speak German but would like to learn more about this the Collective Leadership Institute has shared a report dedicated to the leadership perspective and potential of young professionals.

Interested in being able to identify those with the greatest potential of succeeding with innovation? You may be in luck as Dennis Stauffer, a long standing member of the ILF Wider Community (and friend of the ILF) has developed a tool that will do just that. He is looking for Guinea pigs to help validate his instrument, which means that the cost involved is minimal (expenses only). Interested? To read a little more about the instrument click here and to find out more about Dennis’ proposal read on here.


ILF Innovator’s Anonymous Meeting: (Design) Tools for Engagement
Date: 24th September, 2015
Location: London

The next ILF meeting  topic will be  '(Design) Tools for Engagement'.  The day will be about how to bring people together for innovation, tools to explore and engage in an interdisciplinary context etc. We have already interesting contributions around design thinking and gamification lined  up:
- InProcess & customer Orange from France
- MJV from Brazil (by a Greek lady based in London)
Part of the plan is to get a flavour of what experience some of these approaches is like. As usual, this meeting is free for all members of the Innovator’s Anonymous ILF Networking Group. If you are part of the ILF Wider Community and would like to contribute/participate to this meeting, please get in touch with us. For more information, please click here.


Chief Innovation Officer Summit
Date: 15th & 16th September, 2015
Location: Sydney

The Chief Innovation Officer Summit, will be coming to Sydney on the 15th & 16th September. From exploratory case studies to panel sessions and open discussions, this year’s summit will delve into opportunities gained & challenges faced by leaders from a diverse array of industries. To find out more about this conference click here. The whole ILF community is entitled to $200 off with the code ILF20.

Innovate @ TBD Fest
Date: from 17th to 22nd September, 2015
Location: Sacramento, CA

Innovate @ TBD FEST is designed to be a social learning environment grounded in principle, purpose and real world activism. It’s a “business playground” to instigate new ideas, solve problems, develop creative leadership capacities, new ventures and quantifiable outcomes by interconnecting activists, business innovators and disruptors from around the world. To find out more about this conference click here.


TechScout 2015 Summit
Date: 22nd & 23rd September, 2015
Location: Berlin

This summit brings together innovation, R&D and corporate venturing executives from companies in a cross section of industries. They will offer a mix of strategic insight, product case studies and interactive panels to help companies grow technology and establish meaningful and successful partnerships.

This year the key topics includes:

  • Managing the global R&D portfolio in an era of techscouting, corporate venturing and partnerships
  • Strategic and practical examples of open innovation: From externally gained technology to commercialisation
  • Exploring the corporate venture decision making process and looking to the strategic challenge of disruption
  • Analysing the opportunities, risks and values of partnerships with SME’s, universities and joint ventures
  • Discovering the right sources for game changing innovation

To find out more about this conference click here.

The ILF Wider Community is entitled to 15% discount on the ticket price with the code ILF15. Members of the ILF Innovator’s anonymous should get in touch with usfor their special 20% discount code.