Dear ILF Wider Community,

2015 is almost over, time to get ready for a new year, new adventures, new opportunities - this is certainly true for the Innovation Leadership Forum and its Team!

It is with sadness and delight that I am announcing that both Caroline and Lis have moved on to new ventures. Sadness is of course on behalf of myself, the Innovation Leadership Forum and its community as we can no longer draw on their contributions, support and wonderful spirit.  Delighted I am for them as both are shaping their paths into a new and exciting future: when not working on her digital marketing activities, teaching at a ski school in winter and running a  paddle-boarding school in Wales in the summer, Caroline is building a chalet in Switzerland!!  Lis has taken an exciting new role as Social Media Assistant with Bestseller Wholesale which seems to involve a lot of travel. 

Despite these departures, fear not, events and wisdom will continue to appear and be managed on our website and in the newsletters. I have managed to persuade Jennifer Ann Gordon, friend of the ILF for a long time, to join the inner circle of the ILF, taking over these responsibilities. I am absolutely delighted, so pleas join me in welcoming Jennifer.

All these farewells and new beginnings bring my favourite Hermann Hesse poem to mind, and in the seasonal spirit of sharing, here it is (apologies if the translation is a little rough, it is my own…).

It is also the seasonal spirit that motivates me to share the poster on the right which I saw recently. I thought it was quite remarkable that happiness, sharing, and gratitude should be the key message on an advertisement in London's Underground ! As I just love it, I would not only like to share it the poster here, I would also let you, the ILF Wider Community, know what I appreciate about you: I love your generosity: sharing books, events, insights and more; I love your curiosity and openness: you embrace and respond to the mixed bags that is our newsletter even if the link to innovation is a little tenuous at times; I love the fact that you are from all over the world, creating a network of generous and curious people that keeps growing. Thank you.

Wishing you all a most wonderful festive season and brilliant start into the new year,



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