The Industries of the Future: a book review

As a former Senior Advisor for Innovation to Hillary Clinton when she was Secretary of State – a role that was specifically designed for him – innovation in all its forms and across the globe used to be Alec Ross’ bread and butter for several years. No wonder he’s turned this knowledge into his first book!

When he told me that The Industries of the Future was finally out I could sense relief blended with excitement in his message. So I got myself the book, curious to know which industries and which regions he would be focusing on. Continue reading “The Industries of the Future: a book review”

Participatory leadership and the Art of Hosting: a personal and collective journey

Participatory leadership

Last week I took a 3-day training in participatory leadership, which is how the European institutions have repackaged the ‘Art of Hosting’ approach.

I had wanted to join this training for a couple of years now but never had the chance to do so due to conflicting priorities. Now that I moved to the European Commission, it was an opportunity too good to miss. And right I was! Continue reading “Participatory leadership and the Art of Hosting: a personal and collective journey”

The Social Labs Revolution: another way of dealing with complex social problems

I’ve read The Social Labs Revolutions by Zaid Hassan over the weekend, and while I still need to fully assimilate the many interesting arguments and examples in the book, I already wanted to offer a book review on what I consider to be an extremely timely issue, with the Climate Summit in Paris going on at the moment (aka COP21) and the recent adoption of the ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by the international community. Continue reading “The Social Labs Revolution: another way of dealing with complex social problems”

10 social media trends government communicators should pay attention to in 2016

More and more, those who look ahead will have an advantage in digital communications, in particular on social media. Anticipating future trends is not just fun, and incredibly difficult too, it’s also vital if you want to be able to allocate your resources properly and develop an integrated communications approach across online and offline channels. Continue reading “10 social media trends government communicators should pay attention to in 2016”

Change by design: design thinking and what it holds for the public sector

I read Change by design, a book by Tim Brown, CEO of Ideo, who introduced design thinking to the world beyond Silicon Valley, over summer. Although I thoroughly enjoyed most of the insights and examples in the book, it also left me with an unnerving sense of frustration. Here’s why in this book review. Continue reading “Change by design: design thinking and what it holds for the public sector”