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Dear All,

We have received so many exciting bits of information this week that we couldn't wait to write to you again! It looks like this is going to be a busy summer for innovators worldwide (though the weather here in the UK does not quite seem to have noticed that summer is supposed to start…). We hope you enjoy these news and, as always, do not forget to keep us posted!

Best wishes,
        - your ILF Team

Again we have added a few more articles on the Wisdom page; this time we have a piece about balancing change and continuity, some interesting thoughts on  the recently announced collaboration between Starbucks and Spotify and a piece by NESTA on UK makerspaces. Also, we are delighted to share thoughts and insights from our friend and word artist, Jennifer Ann Gordon, who felt inspired to write after attending the last Sustainable Enterprise Conference

Following last week's book suggestion, The Happiness Advantage, we came across this info graph that also talks about the importance of positive mind sets for business (and personal) benefit. Brain researcher and New York Times best selling author John Assaraf has identified six things that help us shift towards a mindset of financial freedom. He will also be running an online Masterclass on this.


 Talking about positive and inspiring, Kent Connects – seventeen public sector partners, including Innovators Anonymous members Kent County Council – is running a year-long programme of events that showcase digital transformation and collaboration  across the county. You can check on their website how to get involved and create together. 

Courses and Programmes

Bettina has always been a great admirer and follower of Margaret Wheatley, whom she had the pleasure of meeting in the early 2000s in the US at Convergence, one of the first and definitely best innovation conferences (until someone bought the concept and destroyed it ...). Margaret's path and books are highly relevant in the context of innovation: it is all about gaining new perspectives, about awareness and understanding. Relevant in the context of innovation, and well beyond! It is about understanding and embracing our role and responsibility for shaping our future, as individuals and collectively. Even if we have reached the point of accepting our role, and responsibility, the question is often, so how do I go about it? Having travelled down that path herself Margaret has now devised a programme for those who are ready to take on the challenge, A Path for Worriers for the Human Spirit. If this resonates with you better hurry: the deadline for signing up to be part of the first group is this Thursday, 4th of June! (By the way, Margaret's business book is one of the few books Bettina has read cover to cover, not least as it brings her favourite topics together: innovation, leadership, and complexity theory.)

ILF Wider Community members, Joe Pine and James Gilmore are teaching an intensive five-day course in the tools, techniques, and ideation methods of the Experience Economy. The course will be held in Minneapolis from the 3rd to the 7th of August. Personal instruction provides in-depth coverage of Experience Economy principles and models, training and practice in creative Experience Economy facilitation techniques, and approaches for effectively sharing these ideas with others. The focus is on transferring the knowledge, skills and resources necessary for creating and enhancing compelling experiences – either for external clients or internal employees. To get to know more please click here.

Competitions and Awards 
The 21st CEEMAN Case Writing Competition is being held in cooperation with Publishers Emerald. They are calling for teaching cases relevant for the realities of dynamic and emerging economies. The case studies need to demonstrate a real situation in a real company with clear decision-making situation, and have a well-developed teaching note ready to be used in classroom. Prizes will be awarded to the winner at the 23rd CEEMAN Annual Conference in Almaty, Kazakhstan on 25 September 2015 and the deadline for submission is the 26th of June.

Also, we would like to remind you of the  IET Innovation Awards that will showcase the best new innovations in science, engineering and technology. The submission deadline here is on the 3rd of July and the winner will be announced on the 18th of November in a ceremony and dinner. To find out more about the awards, please click here.


Unveiling: Faces of Innovation Management
Date: 25th June, 2015
Location: London

It is our great pleasure to invite you to the degree show of the Masters in Innovation Management at Central St Martin in London - and not only as all the ILF’s Students In Residence have come from there. If previous shows are anything to go by it will be very inspiring, both in content and presentation, and should you seek to beef up your innovation team this might be a good place to look!  The conference has been designed to uncover a provocative vision of the future faces of innovation management. During this degree show, 5 innovation managers of the future will be unveiled. If you are interested in attending the conference you can register here. On their website you can find out more about the event and the students' skills and abilities.  

In addition, they have prepared an interactive quiz where you can find out which innovation manager you are. Also, they are crowd founding money to print some catalogues and build an amazing environment for the exhibition. Check out here how you can help.
Finally, we would like to remind you of two events happening this month:

RE.WORK Future of Education
Date: 15th June, 2015
Location: London
In this evening workshop, the focus will be on discovering how advancing technology will impact education. To find out know more about this workshop please click here. he ILF Wider community have 10% discount using the code ILF10. For members of the ILF Networking Group, you should contact us for the special 20% discount code.
The Leading Business by Design Summit
Date: 18th June, 2015
Location: Birmingham
This conference will explore four key areas in a panel discussion: innovation and growth, supply chains and sustainability, investing in skills and interdisciplinary collaboration. To find out more please click here. The whole ILF Community is entitled to £100 off the ticket price. To register with your discount click here.