How do you solve a problem like diarrhoea?

How do you solve a problem like diarrhoea?

The Zambian sun is burning fiercely in the bright blue sky. Mothers and children, queuing at a clinic on the outskirts of Lusaka, receive little relief from the thatched gazebos meant to protect them from the heat. Many have walked long distances to be here, carrying babies on their backs and holding small children tightly by … Continue reading

Impact: It’s on my mind

Impact: It’s on my mind

Each time I log into Facebook it asks me “what’s on your mind?”. My mind can be a muddled place where there are rather too many musings about the meaning of  Leonard Cohen lyrics (is there really a crack in everything? What about time? In Crazy to Love You does he make reference to the Wire?) … Continue reading

Barefoot Forward

Barefoot Forward

I have become a barefoot runner. This merits a blog post, it being the first time I have applied disruptive innovation to my running since I begrudgingly pulled on a pair of trainers a few years ago and hauled myself around Hyde Park for a charity 5k (at a pace that would more accurately be … Continue reading

An unintended consequence of innovation?

An unintended consequence of innovation?

I spoke on a conference panel today about innovative technology and health care. Once I got over my stage fright I thoroughly enjoyed the discussion.  It was a privilege to speak alongside some very talented innovators. And the great audience participation meant I was able to crowd-source lots of new ideas. I was speaking about … Continue reading

The Capital of Happiness

The Capital of Happiness

There are few earthly delights that compare to a pleasant morning in East Africa, sun burning and city bustling, with a good cup of coffee in your hand. Until recently this could prove to be a tall order. The poor quality of coffee served in East Africa, a region that produces some of the best coffee … Continue reading

Fail again, fail better

Fail again, fail better

Given the subject of this blog it would be remiss of me not to post this collection of wisdom about failure by Tim Harford. I find the quote by Tristan Tzara particularly poignant: “Let us try for once not to be right”. Tzara was a brilliant poet and a tireless anti-Fascist campaigner who founded the … Continue reading

Incremental Disruption

Incremental Disruption

I had a (good-natured) disagreement with a friend last week. We were talking about innovation and our point of contention was around the value of incremental versus disruptive innovation. I believe both are equally important. He believes that only disruption will stimulate needle-shifting change. A few days later a fleeting reference to Roger Bannister in … Continue reading

The Innovative Runner

The Innovative Runner

I have not been able to run much lately and I miss it.  Good ideas seem to flow while I am running. And there are some interesting analogies between running and innovation. Here is what I came up with: Incremental progress can lead to step-change: When I am running regularly I often get frustrated because … Continue reading

If Phelps were a country…

If Phelps were a country…

London is gripped by Olympics fever. I am loving the Games but loving even more the opportunity for Olympic data games. My favourites so far: If Michael Phelps were a country he would be above India in all time medals won. If Yorkshire were a country she would (at the time of writing) be 11th … Continue reading