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”
I finally got around to reading the latest edition of Organizational Culture and Leadership by Edgar Schein which had been lying on my office desk for ages. And as often with my reading choices, they are not at all the result of pure chance but always seem to find a way to connect to recent readings or experiences I’ve had. Continue reading “Organizational culture and leadership: a book review”
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”
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”
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”
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”
On Friday 25 September I attended the European Digital Communication Awards in Berlin. It’s the fifth time since it was launched in 2011 that I participate as a jury member, and it’s always a great learning experience. Continue reading “European Digital Communication Awards in Berlin: the good, the bad and the awesome”
After reading a research paper on “Transforming humanitarian practice in the United Nations” from the Oxford Refugee Studies Centre, and exchanging on Twitter with humanitarian aid workers involved in innovation labs at UNICEF and UNHCR, I stumbled upon Labcraft: How social labs cultivate change through innovation and collaboration, and downloaded it (for free). Continue reading “Labcraft: A book review”
Les auteurs préviennent au début de leur livre que l’ouvrage n’est ni un guide pratique ni un essai. C’est un ovni littéraire qui nous permet de retracer l’aventure d’un couple, lui marin et écrivain, elle juriste internationale, qui décident d’acheter une ferme en Haute-Normandie et de se lancer dans l’agriculture biologique. Continue reading “Permaculture : critique du livre de P. et C. Hervé-Gruyer”