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Welcome to the Sparks of Innovation series. This is where I write about ideas, concepts and events that either have sparked a fresh thought in me or rekindled an old flame. It’s where I look at things that cross my path and inspire me to think or act differently, and share that thinking in easily digestible form. If you feel like reading about some random phenomenon I want to call attention to, this is for you. If you’re not really up for a discussion about the topic at hand, stop here!

I started writing on Medium a couple of years ago. At one point, I saw my followers 10x in six months. The reason? At the time, I was a Top Writer in Business, Life Lessons, Creativty, Culture and Ideas. …


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This isn’t a first, but when it comes to pictures of Saga, I tend to bend the rules a bit… :-)

Today is the 31st of December 2020.

Rarely has there been such a moment for retrospection.

New Year’s Eve is always a time for looking back and looking forward.

This year, the date is auspicious in itself.

And what a year it has been.

I don’t think there’s a single person on this planet who hasn’t been touched by COVID-19, even if only a little. And for many of us, it has been more than “only a little”.

So what does a 2020 retrospective look like for me? What to include? What to focus on? Which story to tell? …


Welcome to the Innovation Nitty Gritty series. Here, the devil is in the details, and this is where I geek out and go deep on hands-on innovation. The thoughts I share range from being world firsts to “Oh, I just discovered this — I’ll share, in case others also have struggled with that particular problem”. So if you prefer the big picture and conceptual talk, stop right there. If you want the nitty gritty, read on!

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Seen from this angle, my workspace setup looks nifty enough!

Since Spring 2020, many of us have gone full swing digital. In the beginning, that meant learning how to use new tools like Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and so on. Then came the wave of panic, hilariousness and awkward laughter. …


Welcome to the Heroes series. Here, I talk about people, who have inspired me and who I think the world deserves to know better. The mini-portraits I share are my personal observations and are done completely without any input from those, I write about. If you couldn’t care less, than I suggest that you stop reading, but if that intro appeals to you, read on!

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Christina’s default position is smiling and in exotic locations; here in Kyoto in Japan

When I met Christina, she had a quite fancy title: International Climate Coordinator (Climate and Sustainability) for the City of Copenhagen. …


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A photo of my recently published book, The Innovation Cycle. Photo Credit: Rikke Saltoft

Let’s start out with the easiest one.

You have every reason in the world NOT to care about my blog or what I write about. If you’re not interested in innovation, especially so!

But let’s for a moment imagine that you ARE curious about what sort of blog this will be, why it is what it is and what you might get out of it. Let’s presuppose that for a minute, just to get the juicy thoughts streaming.

At its core, innovation is about asking “What if…?”

What if we could make the world more playful? What if we could get people to experiment more? …


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Earlier today, I found this comment on a post I’d made on Linkedin. It made me not only very happy – especially coming from Todd, who is a guy I both like and admire – but also quite curious. It made me ask myself a question.

“How many people realise that part of being a succesful innovator is the simple act of getting sh*t done?”

Not enough, I think.

Looking at innovation from a theoretical standpoint, almost everyone accepts the fact that innovation involves a ton of trial-and-error.

We’ve heard about Edison and the 10,000 light bulbs (or however many it was – accounts differ) and we’ve read the articles and the blog posts and the biographies of superstar innovators who talk about their many failures. …


“Ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to this Board of Directors meeting at MegaCorp LLC. As you know, the current crisis has left us in a bad position. Luckily, we still have plenty of space to manuever and resources to make change happen. We are, after all, a huge company! But, truth be told, we need new ideas and new perspectives. It’s adapt or die time, and I for one, intend to adapt! So… who should we bring in to help?”

“Yes, Linda?”

“Well, we’ve worked with the consultants at Booze Allen Hamilton in the past, and that’s been good. …


Welcome to the Heroes series. Here, I talk about people, who have inspired me and who I think the world deserves to know better. The mini-portraits I share are my personal observations and are done completely without any input from those, I write about. If you couldn’t care less, than I suggest that you stop reading, but if that intro appeals to you, read on!

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David, as captured by the National Geographic photography legend Reza Deghati (who is also quite awesome!)

“He’s kind of like you, Claus, just better — and also nicer and better dressed. Plus, he can sing opera!”

The words belonged to my partner-in-crime, Paul Bulencea, and were spoken after we’d met David for the first time. He’d awed both of us, and we’re not always the easiest people to impress. Now, having worked with David on several occasions over the last couple of years, I’m even more impressed. …


Welcome to the Heroes series. Here, I talk about people, who have inspired me and who I think the world deserves to know better. The mini-portraits I share are my personal observations and are done completely without any input from those, I write about. If you couldn’t care less, than I suggest that you stop reading, but if that intro appeals to you, read on!

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Signe at her best — in front of a captive audience, talking about spaces, structures and design

There’s something a bit awkward about starting out a post to honour someone with talking about a physical attribute. …


Welcome to the Heroes series. Here, I talk about people, who have inspired me and who I think the world deserves to know better. The mini-portraits I share are my personal observations and are done completely without any input from those, I write about. If you couldn’t care less, than I suggest that you stop reading, but if that intro appeals to you, read on!

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Werner at his most high powered and corporate

You might wonder about his nationality, but the moment he opens his mouth, it’s obvious that Werner is from South Africa. …

About

Claus Raasted

Director at The College of Extraordinary Experiences, Coach at McKinsey & Founding Partner at The Global Institute For Thought Leadership. Author of 31 books.

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