Reports from Innovation in Action 2017

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