Upcoming Live sessions

How to Solve Difficult Problems During Difficult Times – Stephen Shapiro

Workshop (90 min)

27 May 2020
10am EDT - 16:00 CEST - 22:00 SGT

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What if your organization had an effective and systematic approach to deal with almost any problem – even during difficult times?

To find better solutions, you need to first ask better questions. The questions you ask determine which solutions you’ll see and which will remain hidden.

This interactive experience contains the formulas to reframe any problem multiple ways: twenty-five lenses that help you gain different perspectives.

Packed with powerful stories and practical tools, this presentation will enable everyone on your team to start mastering any challenge.

You will not just leave with new concepts, you will have powerful tools that can be applied every day: the twenty-five lenses.

This enlightening experience brings to life the concept in Stephen Shapiro’s latest book, Invisible Solutions.


Stephen Shapiro
Author of Invisible Solutions: 25 Lenses that Reframe and Help Solve Difficult Business Problems

For over 20 years, Stephen Shapiro has presented his provocative strategies on innovation to audiences in 50 countries. During his 15-year tenure with the consulting firm Accenture, he led a 20,000-person innovation practice. He is the author of six books, including his latest: Invisible Solutions: 25 Lenses that Reframe and Help Solve Difficult Business Problems. His Personality Poker® system has been used around the world to create high-performing innovation teams. In 2015 he was inducted into the Speaker Hall of Fame.


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Structure Your Remote Innovation Program With GETKICKBOX – David Hengartner & Ralph Hartmeier

Workshop (60 min)

2 June 2020
10am EDT - 16:00 CEST - 22:00 SGT

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In this workshop you will learn more about the bottom-up intrapreneurship method Kickbox and how to plan and launch your intrapreneurship program with GETKICKBOX in a fast, lean and efficient way.


David Hengartner & Ralph Hartmeier
CEO & CCO at GETKICKBOX.com

Dave Hengartner has founded twice and was an early employee at the fastest growing Swiss ecommerce platform. He is a known expert in the field of corporate innovation and intrapreneurship and is lecturing at ETH and Imperial College.

Ralph co-founded with Reto being responsible for Sales, Business Development, and Marketing. At Swisscom Kickbox, he pushed the crazy marketing campaigns and big events. Today, he is responsible for customer success, sales and marketing.


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Integrating Communities and Platforms Into Your Business Model: A Case of LEGO® Ideas – Daiva S. Naldal

Innovators Insights Talk (60 Min)

9 June 2020
10am EDT - 16:00 CEST - 22:00 SGT

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In our rapidly changing society, and amidst unprecedented uncertainty, every brand needs to think strategies for sustaining long term relationships with their consumers, and finding innovation and business model that secures sustainable growth.

Working with user communities and embracing open innovation practices is a powerful way to build and sustain brand relevance. Daiva S. Naldal, a brand and business consultant who was formerly Director of Marketing and Open Innovation at LEGO, will share the case of LEGO IDEAS, with tips on how to establish long-lasting relationships with communities that create value for your brand and business.


Daiva S. Naldal
CEO & Owner at DSTN Ventures

Daiva S. Naldal is an experienced international innovation & marketing leader with over 20 years experience with international brands. She is the former Head of LEGO Ideas (ideas.LEGO.com), a crowdsourcing hub for the LEGO Group that aims to bridge the talent of user communities with the overall corporate strategy and product portfolio.

Daiva comes with a track record of successfully developing and scaling open innovation initiatives. She built  team capabilities and processes to integrate open innovation practices through the LEGO Group’s entire value chain; ranging from testing radical product concepts, piloting new business formulas, and growing the initiative into a sizable and sustainable business.

Currently, Daiva runs her own consulting practice, helping various companies to develop their own open innovation programs that create value. She is a guest teacher at selected colleges and a mentor and advisor for several startups.


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The Playbook for Leading People & Teams Adapting to Disruption – Karen Holst & Douglas Ferguson

Trending Topic Talk / Q&A (60 min)

10 June 2020
10am EDT - 16:00 CEST - 22:00 SGT

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You may have innovation in your job title, but unofficially, so does everyone else in your organization. How do you empower and lead people to adapt to disruption and take on the innovation work across the organization? In this session, we will gear you up to deliver an impact in your organization. Sharing methods and case studies from Amazon and IDEO to the Department of Education and military forces, you will learn how to create quick wins that deliver results fast.


Karen Holst & Douglas Ferguson

Karen Holst is an entrepreneur turned intrepreneur. She co-founded educational technology startup MyEdu, formerly Pick-A-Prof (acquired by Blackboard), and transitioned to intrepreneurial roles within the California Department of Education, IDEO, Autodesk, and LinkedIn Learning.

From government agencies and non-profits to startups and Fortune 500 companies, Karen has worked with organizations of varying sizes and across industries to help their leadership unlock creative potential and empower their employees to innovate. Her expertise on innovation has been featured in TechCrunch, The New York Times, NPR, The Chicago Tribune, CNN, and more.

Douglas Ferguson is the author of “Beyond the Prototype” and a Design Sprint facilitator who has worked with teams from U.S. SOCOM, the Air Force, Adobe, Dropbox, Fidelity, Vrbo, Liberty Mutual, Humana, and SAIC. He’s an author, entrepreneur, and human-centered technologist with over 20 years of experience.

Douglas is president of Voltage Control, an Austin-based workshop agency that specializes in Design Sprints and innovation workshops. Before Voltage Control, Douglas held CTO positions at numerous Austin startups, where he led product and engineering teams using Agile, Lean, and human-centered design principles.


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How To Thrive In The New Frugal Economy – Navi Radjou

Trending Topic Talk / Q&A (60 min)

11 June 2020
10am EDT - 16:00 CEST - 22:00 SGT

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Once Covid-19 is over, the world will enter a prolonged recession that could last till 2022. All nations and industries will need to contend with a triple-challenge: reboot the economy, reduce social inequality, and preserve and regenerate the environment. The 200-year-old capitalistic economic paradigm based on profit maximization and “more with more” (using more resources to create more products) is coming to an end. Instead, digital technologies, new regulations, anti-globalization movements, and millions of value—and values—conscious Gen Y and Z consumers and employees are giving rise to the frugal economy.

A frugal economy generates greater value for all stakeholders in a highly efficient, socially inclusive, and eco-sustainable manner—using fewer resources and without polluting. This new economy is fueled by 3 mega-trends—circular and regenerative business principles, distributed manufacturing and hyper-local value chains, B2C and B2B sharing—and digital technologies such as blockchain, AI, 3D printing, IoT and digital twins.

Award-winning innovation expert Navi Radjou will show how to proactively reinvent your organization—and your entire ecosystem—to thrive in the frugal economy. Specifically, he would give you the new perspectives, principles, and techniques you need to adopt to “do more—and better—with less”—so you become more agile and can profit from doing business in a socially and environmentally responsible way. Attend this webinar to learn how to “future-proof” your business in the complex post-Covid-19 world.


Navi Radjou

Indian-French-American innovation & leadership thinker/advisor

TED Speaker | Winner of Thinkers50 Innovation Award

Coauthor of Jugaad Innovation, From Smart To Wise, and Frugal Innovation


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Resourceful Innovation – Mrinalini D’Costa & Bernhard Hobel

Learning Lab (90 min)

17 June 2020
10am EDT - 16:00 CEST - 22:00 SGT

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Sometimes you only have what you have, and that is enough- because you can harness untapped potential of your resources to reinvent your future!

Especially in these times, it’s important to learn to innovate:
– Within resources available to you
– By applying systematic creativity tools
– By breaking away from fixedness, use the
problem as the solution

In the workshop you will learn repeatable
methods used by mankind intuitively for ages
to create new ideas and solutions.

Practice doing the absurd, use principles of
simplicity, frugality, using contradictions and
more..!


Mrinalini D’Costa & Bernhard Hobel

Innovation Catalysts at R.A.T. Lab


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Be Less Zombie: How Great Companies Turn On an Innovation Culture at Scale – Elvin Turner

Trending Topic Talk / Q&A (60 min)

18 June 2020
10am EDT - 16:00 CEST - 22:00 SGT

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Elvin Turner will share the findings of his 10-year research journey to writing “Be Less Zombie: How great companies create dynamic innovation, fearless leadership and passionate people.”

Elvin’s session will share a wide range of practical tools and lessons covering topics including:

· Why a one-size-fits-all culture rarely works for innovation, and what to do about it

· Why every company needs a ‘rehearsal space’

· How to reduce the stakes and fear around breakthrough innovation

· How to take a ‘punch’ – bouncing back from failure

· How to help leaders embrace bolder risk-taking

· How to remove the major energy drainers from the innovation process


Elvin Turner

Strategy & Innovation Avisor

Elvin Turner is an award-winning innovation expert and associate professor of innovation, entrepreneurship and marketing for MBA and executive education programmes.

His clients include some of the world’s most innovative organisations in the finance, technology, music, drinks and publishing industries.

He has coached hundreds of corporate innovation initiatives around the world, helping leaders and managers overcome the many barriers that they face when trying to turn new ideas into action.

His experience extends from working with new and disruptive technology start-ups, through to seasoned leadership teams inside conservative, global institutions.


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Innov8rs Zurich
7-8 October 2020




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For our 28th conference we (finally) set foot in Switzerland. In just two days, you’ll hear the in-depth stories from best local heroes and gurus, meet innovators from all over Europe and discover what is happening in Zurich.

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9-10 December 2020




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