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Coming soon: Bank of Dave – watch my interview with Dave Fishwick

On 1 February, I caught up with Dave Fishwick, star of Channel 4’s fantastic series Bank of Dave: Convinced that he can do a better job than the high street banks, Dave Fishwick sets up his own small bank and endeavours to make it profitable – in just 180 days Episodes are here. In this interview, you can learn how Burnley Savings and Loans is making progress towards becoming a proper bank by the end of the year, while preserving […]

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Compassion App launched to bring Wycombe communities together

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A High Wycombe resident has developed a new App to support users to capture and share inspiring moments, helping uplift others through motivating posts and interactions. The Compassion App encourages people to go beyond self-interest and give of oneself for the good of the other. The AnonCare App uses technology and age old values to create a shared responsibility for the well-being of others. Users are actively encouraged to empower and inspire others in poor health or isolation. The system […]

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The Apple App Store and other innovations

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Apple just added the App Store to OS X: Suddenly, it is as easy to find and install new applications on Apple computers as it has been on iPhone and iPad. No doubt this will catch on… And I just discovered how much progress Ubuntu Linux has made. It’s interesting that this Debian-derived distribution seems to have surpassed RedHat for popular use since that firm became more commercial, splitting out Red Hat Enterprise and Fedora. It’s great fun, freedom. See […]

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Enable innovation; don’t ask for it.

(From my professional site) Everyone wants their staff to innovate, but how to get them to do it? It’s a popular word: it means “to make changes in something established, especially by introducing new methods, ideas or products”. That has consequences. Be a transformational leader Obvious? But most organisations force transactional leadership, because it’s easy to monitor. Have a vision, develop your charisma, provide people with an intellectual challenge, and be there every day, committing to the change: get on […]

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An outstanding British innovation: great music, free with We7

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Update: We7 is now blinkboxmusic.com. We7‘s MediaGraft technology enables free music downloads, paid for by short adverts at the beginning of each track streamed or downloaded: We7 is an outstanding new music destination where you can listen to, share and discover music for FREE, legally and safely. You choose the music you want to hear and play full tracks and albums online, on-demand at anytime. We also offer you the ability to buy the music you love in high quality […]

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Coskata: next generation ethanol?

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Try searching Digg for biofuel: it’s not encouraging, but Coskata may be: Coskata is a biology-based renewable energy company. Our technology enables the low-cost production of ethanol from a wide variety of input material including biomass, municipal solid waste and other carbonaceous material. Using proprietary microorganisms and patented bioreactor designs, we will produce ethanol for under US$1.00 per gallon.

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Nanosolar reckon solar power can now be cheaper than coal: Their PowerSheet cells contrast the current solar technology systems by reducing the cost of production from $3 a watt to a mere 30 cents per watt. This makes, for the first time in history, solar power cheaper than burning coal. Some old news in the Telegraph too.

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Suffocation for business innovation

There is the potential for a long post here, but for the moment, I’ll stick to “Innovation grants”. A small client worked for weeks, hiring consultants, to obtain an innovation grant for part of one R&D effort. They won a grant, and then spent the duration of the  project accounting for its use in excruciating detail. The person who did that accounting was a key employee: there was no one else available in such a lean and effective company. By […]

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