Author Archives: David C Roberts

About David C Roberts

I am passionate about innovation, development, learning, and the future. I work internationally supporting individual entrepreneurs, organisations, educational institutions and government bodies. I am available to speak, facilitate learning sessions and run enterprise workshops. Areas of experience and know how include: Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Leadership, Management Accounting, and People Development .

Three requirements for Societal Innovation

During this past week I have had to opportunity to play the role of ‘Thinker in Residence’ at the Aalto University Camp for Societal Innovation ACSI.  The camp enables attendees to self organise and experiment with new ideas, new possibilities, … Continue reading

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How can we recognise the creative expression of learning?

We are moving into a Post-Institutional phase of learning –  learning is something you can do anywhere. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9HCK3wKmD0

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Money and Social Unrest

This post was written by David J Cord and was originally published in the Helsinki Times it is reprinted here with their kind permission. IT was disquieting to watch the riots in London. It is even more unsettling to think that violent … Continue reading

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Using Old Innovations and New Traditions to Create more Social Energy

How can we create more energy to enable societal innovation? How can we create more social energy – the energy that is created when we spend time in a stimulating environment with other people. Here are two possible examples. Pekka Himanen was the guest … Continue reading

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Personal Innovation and Societal Innovation

Earlier this month in Birmingham, England three men were murdered by a hit and run car driver at the height of a riot that was underway (some background to the English Riots of August 2011 here).  The next morning,  Tariq … Continue reading

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One Idea to Transform – Can You Make a Difference?

Can you make a difference? You can make a difference! What is your one idea, something that you could implement today, something that would make a difference to your community?  An idea that others could copy, replicate, and scale? An … Continue reading

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The Aftermath(s) of the Manchester Riots, Gangs, Police – Your thoughts

In the aftermath of the recent public disorder in some UK cities — so widely publicised on 24hour news — there has been a swathe of social and political commentary, criticism of the Police, extraordinary prison sentences, possible evictions of families from local authority housing , and the cry for … Continue reading

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ACSI Camp for Societal Innovation

This short video clip gives an overview of the intentions and philosophy behind the Aalto University ACSI camp for Societal Innovation.

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Societal Innovation? Collaboration not competition

About competition, competitive advantage and the perils of short-term thinking. Whilst competition may bring the illusion of short-term gain it must now be avoided in favour of an approach that makes the very best possible use of the limited resources … Continue reading

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Those that have and those that have not – A call to arms

Societal innovation can sound like a very grand term – and it is. This week I was asked by a friend ‘what can I do to help with the challenges facing society?’ An immediate answer presented itself in the aftermath … Continue reading

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