16 March 2007
Over the last few years, the term “Open Innovation” has been bandied about by a lot of people as the new way of doing things (I am sorry, but I really cannot bring myself to use the word paradigm!). In my final days at ICI we had a few attempts to test the more extravagant claims but I had lost touch with its progress. When I discovered that an old colleague was now the Business Development Director of one of the main players and was giving a presentation in London, I took the opportunity of catching up with him and the subject at the same time.
10 March 2007
Last week, just before the snow confined me to quarters, I was lucky enough to see Al Gore’s climate change presentation – live. The meeting, hosted by global law firm DLA Piper, Yorkshire Forward, Renaissance South Yorkshire and the University of Sheffield was held in Sheffield’s Octagon Centre on March 7th. The event, which filled the 1000 seat venue, was packed with businessmen, scientists and not a few politicians, including David Blunkett, Yvette Cooper and John Prescott. Although the “support acts” tried hard to keep us attuned to their message, the truth was that everyone was here to see the presentation that might gain Gore an Oscar and a Nobel Prize.