Reports from Innovation in Action 2017

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More than 200 innovation leaders & practitioners joined up in small and focused workshops held by Astra Zeneca, Volvo Cars, CGI, Googol, RISE & Stora Enso. All were there to meet with the purpose of sharing knowledge and of course meeting peers in a setting full of trust.

The evening of October 24 was the evening of our gala dinner and One Wish Award. The afternoons brought time to engage with each other, inspiration, thought leaders as well as a special workshop by Umeå municipality on the future city and how old fashioned gaming can be a way of innovating.

Report of the Panel discussion with Bankgirot Jeanette Jäger and Hertz Niklas Siljeblad

Report of the Umeå Workshop

Umeå Presentation Gaming Rules

Umeå Workshop Swedish Gaming Rules

One Wish Award – Just Arrived

Superhero Shahrzad KiavashWhat an amazing story teller you are Shahrzad. We recommend anyone to take part of your story. You brought us laughter and tears. Thank you!

Innovation Keynote Surviving the Future by Alf Rehn. Alf is recognized by Thinkers50 as one of the 30 management thinkers most likely to shape the future. Alf is the Professor of Innovation, Design, and Management at the University of Southern Denmark, sits on numerous boards of directors, and is in addition a bestselling author and a strategic advisor for everything from hot new startups to Fortune 500-companies.

Below you will find reports and presentations from the workshops

Volvo Cars - Stay Ahead and Plan for the Future

As an automotive company we face great changes and want to share how we work with our future challenges with you.
In this workshop we worked with uncertainties through scenario planning. We also worked with future scenarios affecting both technical, business and user needs in different directions and address how to make strategies given a particular future will happen.

Volvo Cars Presentation from the Workshop

Report of the Volvo Cars Workshop

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Googol - iPM Challenge

Report of the Googol Workshop

iPM Challenge is about placing your bets to create the optimum future product portfolio. By using different canvases you get several overviews enabling you to make informed decisions. We offer a dynamic method to identify, access, share, and create knowledge in an organization, with the aim to help the organization to compete by being more innovative, effective, and thus more profitable.

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RISE - Accelerate Your Speed to Market Through Innovation Partnerships

Report of the RISE Workshop

Presentation pt 1

Presentation pt 2

Get an insight in how an Innovation Partnership may be formed by working together around some concrete selected cases.The innovation management framework will be used as a basis for the work and design thinking methods will be used as a method. By the end of the workshop there the results will be scrutinized and the pro’s and con’s discussed jointly.

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Stora Enso - How to Build and Maintain Innovation strategy to Surviving the Future

Report of the Stora Enso Workshop

Stora Ensos own Highlights and Takeaways

Stora Ensos presentations

How can we move faster by elevating the organization in terms of talents and abilities to enhance collaboration and more efficient ways of working? How can we strengthen the innovative culture to a next level where the culture itself beats the strategy? How can we commercialize new transformative technologies faster and more efficiently?

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CGI - Moral and Ethical Aspects of Artificial Intelligence

Report of the CGI Workshop

Roleplay workshop method

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has the potential to be one of the greatest changes in humanity since we evolved from homo sapiens. In this workshop we will work with the moral and ethical aspects of AI. How should we relate to AI in society when it suddenly takes decisions that were previously taken by a person who can be directly life-determining or who can remove 50% of the jobs we have today.

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Conny Svensson Head of Digital Transformation @CGI Sverige comments the workshop:

“The role play method turned out even better than we had hoped for. This was the first time we had used it, but we have been thinking about this method for years and Innovation in Action was the perfect place to test it, especially with the theme of Surviving the future where AI was a perfect story to use for this. We learnt so much when developing this workshop, both around AI but also on how to frame complex questions, how to make interesting characters, how to build a believable story. We have so many more ideas on how to make this method even better and where currently discussing with a couple of companies from Inovation in Action how we can use this in their organisation, but also some other companies that didn’t attend.
The first day we witnessed some small things that we saw we could improve on, we also received some great feedback so that we could make the second day even better and it was of course an honor to receive the award for the best workshop on the second day. But what was even more pleasing was seeing how people really got into their characters, developed side stories and just bursted out in laughs in the discussions. So in the end I was most pleased with a scoring of 9.2 out of 10 on the fun scale. If you’re having fun your learn better and you create new experiences that you will remember and take away with you. Please check out the included presentation if you’re interested in having fun and doing a role play in your organisation.”

Astra Zeneca - Promoting Innovation through People

Report of the Astra Zeneca Workshop

Presentation From the Workshop

‘The view that good ideas are rarer and more valuable than good people is rooted in a misconception of creativity’

This workshop will raise awareness on what it takes to get talented people to be creative in their work. Aim is to create new ideas around what is important for people and organizations to be creative.

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We believe that innovation happens when people and organizations meet. We aim for insights, networking and input for future innovation strategies. We will see people push boundaries and think in new ways to create new services and products in a fast changing environment into the future.

One of our firm beliefs and core values is that innovation is driven by diversity. We aim to have a balance of gender, origin and various industries and organisational forms represented at our meetings. We also strive to give you, your organization and society long lasting value.

Our Dialogue Leaders & Key Note Speakers

Shahrzad Kiavash
Alf Rehn

Just Arrived is Granted the 2017 One Wish Award by Innovation Pioneers

Innovation Pioneers yearly awards one organization with a cause to change society to the better, the One Wish Award.

At Innovation in Action 2017 in Stockholm, the organization Just Arrived was announced as this years winner. 

“We are here at Innovation in Action for a few reasons, one being the cocreation and exchange of knowledge.

However this comes in the shadow of what I am about to say.

We all have a responsibility as individuals towards our selves to use the knowledge acquired to create value, as we create value for us we also create value for our organizations but most important of all we do it for the society in the long run.

This brings me to this evenings special occation. The introduction of Innovation Pioneers One Wish Award and this years recipient organization.

First some background on this years process.

A committee led by our chairman selects a short list from all the nominated organizations.

The nominees are then evaluated on the following criteria.

The One Wish Award Winner shall be representative for Innovation Pioneers definition of innovation; people creating and implementing ideas that generate value. This value shall be applied to individuals, organizations and the society in the long run.

The main subject for a nominee is to work for better social and/or environmental circumstances.

The winner shall also aspire to fill our vision in the meaning of building innovation capabilities through joint development and networking.

We are particularly pleased that this year’s prize is awarded to Just Arrived. In addition to the contested issue being very immediate and relevant, we have especially fallen for the chosen approach to the solution. Just Arrived has achieved results that differentiate, engage and create value. This is exactly what Innovation is about ” says Kim Silvasti during the prize ceremony.

The price was delivered to Andreas König, CEO of Just Arrived, by Kim Silvasti COO of the Innovation Pioneers Network, Jan Sandqvist, Googol and Chairman of Innovation Pioneers Niclas Ingeström.

“We are proud and honored to receive the One wish award. There is an urgent need to address the opportunity and responsibility we all have in creating value for Sweden and its citizens into the future. This is our way of offering organizations in Sweden the possibility to be part of the solution”, says Andreas König of Just Arrived.

Our goal now is to introduce Just Arrived into the network and create value together!

Previous One Wish Award winners are:

Nevado Roses, Ecuador
The Hunger Project, USA/Sweden
Index Awards, Denmark
Futebal dá Forca, Sweden
IM´s Project Humanium, Sweden

Do You Know How to Manage Your Innovation Portfolio Right?

Have you been in a situation where you had difficulties to choose which projects to fund and which to kill? Are you running too many parallel projects?

“-Have you had difficulties to choose which projects to fund and which to kill?

-Do you feel you are lacking the right tools to visualize your portfolio?

-Do you even know why you should visualize it?”

We have met up with Jan Sandqvist, CEO at Googol,  an organization working with innovation solutions to discuss the upcoming workshop at Innovation in Action. We discussed the importance of Portfolio Management when it comes to optimizing for the future and Jan explained how the “iPM challenge” that he will be holding during Innovation in Action makes participants aware of the need for Portfolio Management.

Portfolio Management could be seen as one key in order to optimize for the future. However, many organizations seem to have problem to succeed with this. According to Jan, almost all companies need to constantly make improvements, in small steps as well as bigger leaps. “By using an appropriate tool for Portfolio Management, it is easier to place your bets and get the desired return on investment with a balanced risk.”, he said.

Even though many people would say that strategy is a key to succes, Jan also describes ‘visual thinking’ as a central part when talking about strategy and portfolio management, meaning that it is easier to make decisions based on the actual situation when everyone involved share the same picture and data. “Visualization, when done in a good way, can be very helpful for staying on topic and discuss what really matters”, Jan said in a statement.

As the CEO of Googol, Jan has a lot of experience regarding common mistakes when it comes to managing portfolios and what companies can do in order to avoid these in an early stage. “Projects and products are often viewed on spreadsheets, but the visualization is lacking. Sometimes the information is only accessible for a few people when more should be involved. In some cases, new initiatives and projects are compared to existing products and decision makers tend to demand a lot of information, that is unknown in early stages, making it difficult to pursue the development of promising ideas. A good overview of the portfolio and a clear understanding of how resources are meant to be spent helps in the decision making process.”

While a company strategy defines ”Why to innovate?” the iPM Challenge helps organizations to understand ”What to Innovate?”. During this workshop, the participants will realize the complexity with portfolio management while facing different challenges. “There are a lot of variables to consider; investment, Net Present Value, Risk level, production capabilities, customer need, resource allocation just to name a few. There is a lot of work to be done during 2,5 hours, but the participants will get an understanding of how powerful a tool for visualization is and as a consequence, that better informed decisions can be made faster.”

Do you feel you are lacking the right tools to visualize your portfolio? Join Googols workshop, “The iPM Challenge” during Innovation in Action, 24-25th of October.

AI and the Moral Aspects – Conny Svensson Head of Digital Transformation

Innovation Pioneers  – We have met up with Conny Svensson who is Head of Digital Transformation at CGI to discuss the upcoming workshop at Innovation in Action and hear more on his thoughts on the moral aspects of AI.

What do you think are the factors that make Artificial Intelligence have the potentials to be one of the greatest changes in humanity since we evolved from homo sapiens?

Conny –  Since Homo Sapiens emerged on the planet we have been the most intellectual advanced species on earth, this might change in a longer perspective. Even if we think we’re innovative we are still very limited in how much information we can handle and also how we think. Our brains have developed during thousands of years and our intelligence is optimised to think and solve problems in certain domains. We have some biological mind barriers that keeps us boxed and limited in our potential. An AI could theoretically break out of these boundaries and create a new form of intelligence not known to mankind before. During the workshop we will look at what consequences that could have in a society.

IP – AI is here now and can help in a variety of areas, from saving lives, to streamlining businesses, to helping every single individual with small advice. AI gives us superpowers to make better decisions and do what we ourselves are not so good at.

– What and where would be your “dream” to implement AI? What effects do you see AI could bring in that area?

Conny –  I would love to use AI to build a better model for society. Our political models and all “isms” are developed with our very limited views and limitations as humans, based on our own experiences and personal beliefs. You don’t build the best model for a society when you only have 4 years at a time to create change and “only” live for 80 years. AI can tackle much bigger problems than we humans, but this is not done in a heart beat. We will have to build and teach an AI to evolve and when we are ready, let it grow and advance itself. We’re in the phase of childbirth today, now we need to focus on the basic needs, then start to raise it with the right values to later let it flourish by itself. We’re just in the beginning of this exciting journey!

IP – In CGIs workshop at Innovation in Action we will work with the moral and ethical aspects of AI, not the technical details. We will cover  how we should relate to AI in society when it suddenly takes decisions that were previously taken by a person when the decisions can be directly life-determining or when AI can remove 50% of the jobs we have today.

– Can you give us a peak into your thoughts on when AI should not be used and when it definitely should be used with all its powers.

Conny –  In our workshop we will use role-play to discuss difficult morale dilemmas and philosophical conundrums. Today AI is a very practical tool that can help us with many things humans are not good at, but it’s effect on humans lives are still pretty limited. As we move forward 5-10 years we will start having some more hard dilemmas. I would say there is on particular area which is a big no-no for AI. It’s a matter of how mature the technology is based on the reach it will have on peoples lifes. There is an intersection point between those two that you need to stay on the right side of. In this workshop we will leave the maturity of the technology and just “imagine” that it works and then take the discussion if we should still use it and how much.

I don’t want to reveal too much but I think you will be challenged with some hard choices in our workshop on how AI can affect our future society. Will we survive the future?

IP – Thank you Conny for the peak into your thoughts on AI and your workshop at Innovation in Action 24-25/10.

See the workshop and all others here.


// Kim Silvasti, Innovation Pioneers.

Dr Bengt Järrehult on the topic Asymmetric Collaborations. Big and Small. In Swedish.

Dr Bengt Järrehult Asymmetric Collaboration. Samarbetet mellan stora och små. Långsamma och snabba. Här hittar du svaren på hur man gör.
Dr Bengt Järrehult on the topic Asymmetric Collaborations. Big and Small. In Swedish.
How do you select partners and deepen your engagement with startups?
Together with Professor Bengt Järrehult you will explore how big and small companies can collaborate to create innovation. You will also discover what different types of collaboration there are and how possibilities and potential hurdles can be met.
Find our next tank meeting and workshop here.

Our 37th Tankmeeting #1-2017 – Blockchain a digital disruptor – a revolution in how we buy services.

Initiators 14-15/3, Active Members 15/3

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This Tank Meeting introduced the CGI Digital Day Methodology, which aims at increasing awareness by experiencing the power of industry disruption.
The digital day methodology helps people get insights in an area where disruption is close in any and every industry.

The aim of the tank meeting was to explore different perspectives of Blockchain through role-play and scenario acceleration. We focused on the Blockchain revolution which is on its way, and we wanted the participants to experience this as we invited some organizations to this journey.  One conclusion all participants agreed upon was that blockchain will affect you and your business.

Learning & Insights

Find the report from the tank meeting here.

The CGI / Innovation Pioneers webinar on April 6
Report from webinar in pdf.
Play recording from webinar. 50 minutes. (You may need to download webex app to be able to listen in)

Comment during the webinar.
Q: Do we need to replace our existing processes?
A: No, do a hybrid, find the intersections with the “old way” and blockhain. Create a roadmap how to gradually implement blockchain to your process by testing and prototyping.

Web & Video
Princeton University Free Course: Intro to Crypto and crypto currencies 

Two Recommended Ted Talks

Introduction to Ethereum
Highlevel, Hashing & Merkeltrees
Understanding the Ethereum Blockchain Protocol

The Ether Review (more technical)
Unchained (more business oriented)

Examples on implemented blockchain.

Literature (mostly business oriented)
The Business Blockchain, by William Mougayar

The Blockchain Revolution, by Don Tapscott

A pdf in Swedish on the subject. Written by David Bauman, Pontus Lindblom and Claudia Olsson and released by Näringslivspolitiskt Forum here.

Swedish Government agency Lantmäteriet on blockchain as a technical solution for real estate transactions found here.

Ted Talk

Established Companies & Startup Match Making at Sveriges Innovationsriksdag 25-26 April

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Innovation Pioneers is proud to announce partnership with SISP & Ignite for strategic match making between established companies and startups.

 Only a few spots left for the strategic match making. Do not hesitate to sign up if Corporate Venturing is on your agenda.

Innovation Pioneers is proud to announce partnership with SISP & Ignite for strategic match making between established companies and startups.

Innovation is crucial. Establishing tighter bonds between Sweden’s vibrant startup scene and the country’s thriving, established companies is necessary to increase the pace of innovation and economic growth.

Are you an established company that wants to explore strategic benefits with startup collaborations? Do you want to boost innovation within your company at the same time? Sign up for this opportunity at Sveriges Innovationsriksdag in Norrköping & Linköping 25-26/4 via the link below, and you will be contacted shortly for an interview where Ignite & SIR17 makes sure you are given the best conditions and an agenda for strategic prebooked meetings with startups.

Sveriges Innovationsriksdag  is the largest national annual conference that brings together the core of the Swedish innovation system. It involves leading politicians, policy makers, representatives of innovative environments, universities and institutes, industry representatives and other opinion leaders.

The theme of 2017 is Digital Transformation, Corporate Venturing and Innovation Procurement. A central part of the event will be a match making between established corporations and startups. Read more here, and sign up here.

If you are one of our members and wish to participate without the matchmaking part you may register your participation here.

Sveriges innovationsriksdag is organized by the Swedish Incubators & Science Parks and is a collaboration with a range of business and interest groups, authorities and other actors in the innovation system, Innovation Pioneers being one.

The reason why a 77 year old insurance company started a separate VC Group was that they were looking at how to grow and diversify their revenue; They asked themselves, “how do we identify new products and solutions that aren’t currently contemplated within our health plan; and also to identify technologies that would help us run our business better.” Read more in our partner content from Innovation Leader here.

Below you may immerse in a report from Insead and deepen your knowledge. How do the World´s Biggest Companies Deal with the Startup Revolution. Find the report from INSEAD here.

Take Aways and Experiences of MIT and Boston with Innovation Pioneers

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Take Aways and Experiences of MIT and Boston with Innovation Pioneers

Take Aways, Articles and Reports

This event was by special invitation only and was fully booked.

Take aways and visual content of the trip to Boston Full  L a r g e  presentation with found here:


Above presentation split up in smaller parts found below:

Overview and takeaways

Day 1 at Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship and MIT ILP
Presentation: day-1-at-martin-trust-center-for-mit-entrepreneurship-and-mit-ilp

Here is the Silicon Cowboys movie that was recommended by Bill Aulet as a true David vs Goliath Tech Tale.

Here you may find the article by Randall Wright of MIT ILP on
How to Get the Most From University Relationships.

Day 2 at MIT Media Lab
Presentation: day-2-at-mit-media-lab

Day 3 CIC
Presentation: day-3-cic

Partner content from InnovationLeader


See details of partnership and offer here.

Participants reports and articles

Martin Högenberg and CGI´s reflections and take aways from the trip may be found here.

Article written by Klas Bertilsson found below:





Corporate Entrepreneurship. How is it structured and what does it deliver? How do you build new ventures within large organizations? Guided by professionals we took on a journey in this subject.

We started the morning at 10 am by meeting Senior lecturer and Managing Director of Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship William Aulet who in addition to his work at MIT works with individuals and companies to become more successful through innovation-driven entrepreneurship. From single entrepreneurs trying to launch new ventures all the way up to large multi-billion dollar corporations seeking to achieve their goals through entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, and innovation.

We were also be joined by Sarah Jane Maxted who is the Executive Director for the MIT Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program (MIT REAP). This hands-on initiative is designed to help regional leaders accelerate economic growth and job creation through innovation-driven entrepreneurship. This 2-year program for global regions educates, engages, and enables regional teams in the development and execution of a well-designed acceleration strategy focused on entrepreneurial activity.


At 2 pm we met with Randall Wright of MIT ILP to have a dialogue on entrepreneurship and innovation as well as get an understanding on what MIT ILP is. What it takes to engage with the ILP and what the benefits of collaborating with ILP are.

The MIT Industrial Liaison Program (ILP) established 1948 is dedicated to creating and strengthening mutually beneficial relationship between MIT and corporations worldwide.

Mr Michael Schrage joined us to discuss the topic of “Who do you want your customers to become”.
Mr Schrage is a Research Fellow at the MIT Center for Digital Business and the department of Initiative on the Digital Economy

Together with Prof. Maria C Yang we had a dialogue on the process of Design.
Prof Yang is the Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Systems at the MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering.


MIT Media Lab

MIT shared how the Media Lab is built up, their main principles and how the system with their partnership with companies and organisations is working. Why is Media Lab so attractive, what does it take to be a member and what do the partners say about their collaboration with the Lab? What are the challenges and what is important to organize for in order to benefit from the partnership? These are questions we will be able to address to the representatives for the Lab. We will also be able to see some of the interesting work which takes place in the many multidisciplinary research teams at the Lab.

At the lab we were presented with the below agenda:

1. Welcome & Overview MIT Media Lab by Ryan McCarthy
2. Tour of the Media Lab & discussion of research in the various groups
3. Discussion of engagement options with MIT Media Lab
3. Lunch and follow up discussion in group

MIT Media Lab at a Glance

Quorius on the Media Lab. Read their FAQ.


Arranged by Innovation Pioneers at:
Legal Sea Foods Long Wharf

Long Wharf


Visit to CIC Boston and Post Meeting Discussions in the afternoon


Meeting with Managing Director Stas Gayshan and visit to CIC Boston. We engaged in a dialogue on entrepreneurship, collaborative models and how large and small organizations meet.

Joint dialogue on what the benefits and key take aways of a University collaboration can be.

Location and address CIC Boston

End of afternoon session was at 4.30pm

Our Sharing Methods Workshops

Innovation in Action 3-4/11 Our Sharing Methods workshops in the morning of the 4th of November will be lead by The Absolut Company, Veryday, SUP46 and SP.

Chairwoman Eva-Carin Banka Johnsons words on the tankmeeting at Volvo Cars

Thank you all for your contribution at the networks 30th Tankmeeting! The theme was our core interest: Best innovation practises. With all the open and generous sharing we once again got valuable insights. I personally…