Employees are like the cogs of a company. Like a finely wound clock, a company needs to tend to its cogs and emboldened them with attention and care. Investing in company culture is the key to driving innovation.
Hauling education into the digital twenty-first century
Covid-19 has created an opportunity for students from elementary-age to graduate school to benefit from crowdsourcing and online classes. What does that mean for the future?
RELEASED // The maize team reflects on Afterwords' six-week journey and the themes addressed by its contributors. They examine how these authentic words and reflections made at eye level correlated to various phases of this crisis as it unfolded.
FUTURE // Martin is a futurist and chief designer at SAP. He is a keynote speaker and an enthusiast reflecting upon our role as humans in new emerging future scenarios as we address situations we could have predicted yet made no space or time to address. Martin invites us to be proactive creators of the future desinging it based on the questions that must be asked and faced in advance.
SOLIDARITY // Thami Schweichler is an award-winning social entrepreneur and designer based in Amsterdam. He shares hopeful thoughts about the economy of care and how solidarity can help humanity get back to its principles of existence using creativity and direct action.
From Party Line to WhatsApp: A look at our ever-changing ways of communicating
The first instant messages were for programmers, emergency communications, and computer chat rooms, until they entered the realm of our everyday lives. How did we get from there, to having full chat conversations in tiny boxes on our mobile phones?
What will life after Covid-19 look like?
Leonardo Caffo considers the normal life that we have left behind, and 'a new species of humans,' which might be about to appear in the world.
Our investment in the future
H-FARM is creating a new campus, an innovation hub in the countryside, to meet the educational needs of the future. By giving students the right environment to grow in, including virtual classrooms, they will be well prepared to become innovation leaders.
What are the benefits of a project-based organization?
What does an organization look like where there is an expiration date set for everything? An enterprise that follows these approaches is not simple or suited for everyone, but it might just be the workplace of the future.
Virtual Reality researcher and expert, Naomi Roth talks about how this technology is more than a gadget that can be used across diverse applications to learn about humanity and our identities.
The timeless empire of the super senses
Wonder, fear, empathy, excitement, love, and déjà vu — a collection of emotional states typical of human beings — were turned into artistic experiences with cutting-edge intelligent technology in Sensorium.
Synthetic biology might feed us
Natural resources will never be enough to feed us all, and moving humankind to another planet is not an option yet. Synthetic biology could help us feed our growing population without destroying Earth – or forcing us out of it.
Why Corporates Are Teaching Their Employees to Be Kids again
What does it mean when the skills we seek today in our preparation for tomorrow are the same as the ones we all held yesterday? Put succinctly – this is what we call the educational chasm.
Research shows that one of the most important sources of competitive advantage is a company’s overall corporate learning strategy. A robust corporate learning strategy focuses on deep expertise development, collaboration, knowledge sharing, and the continuous reinforcement of expertise as a central to success.
The digital transformation is not simply about technology, it is about transforming the DNA of a company, shifting their culture to one that is more collaborative and open in nature.
Putting the Human back into Human Resources
How can Human Resources continue to justify its name when it is repeatedly characterized by figures, statistics, and testing? In short, it can’t, but there is another way.
The Mediator Between the Head and the Hands Must be the Heart
Benjamin Butler, the founder of the Emerging Future Institute, writes his thoughts on which ideas we should keep close to our hearts in the years ahead.
Slash and Burn
With almost twenty year's experience at Adobe, Sebastian Shaw has witnessed first hand how companies must sometimes reinvent themselves in order to survice.
True Leaders are Redundant
An American diplomat meets a French diplomat and says. “We have invented a new approach, it’s incredible, and it works in practice.” The French diplomat replies, “That’s great, but does it work in theory?”
Mix It Up
Innovation is the name of the game today. But you can’t have innovation without diversity, which acts as a kind of vehicle for progress and our only way of reaching our desirable futures. In this sense, diversity is the fuel for the grand design and charges the entire process. Let me explain.
The Seeds of Progress
Innovation is an elusive and mystical phenomenon. Only in an Innovation Ecosystem can it thrive. The main challenge when attempting to create such a system is that there is no formula for creativity.
Treat your employees like your customers
The shift to the digital age, as well as increased competition, is changing the way we need to act to retain talent: that’s why creating a true ‘company culture’ to unleash each employee’s potential is key to a company’s success.
The second in our maize.LIVE series looks at what lies ahead in the world of future companies and innovative organizations.
Now is the Winter of our dis-Content
Decades ago, advertising executives sitting at traditional office cubicles couldn’t have predicted the industry as it stands today. The wondrous world of advertising has been flipped on its head and forced into innovation more than once. Here’s how the next generation of agencies is adapting and molding the future of advertising.
Human Innovation Culture
How simple is it to redesign an organisation from scratch and challenge traditional structures and the status quo, giving employees the ability and legitimacy to redefine the boundaries and culture in which they operate? H-FARM's Human Innovation Culture is a case study on how this works.
Fostering a Better Outlook
A leopard can’t change its spots. Brain and talent are inborn gifts that are impossible to alter. This belief, almost as old as time, states that many of the limits to our development are set in stone even before we are born. Carol Dweck, a Psychology professor at Stanford University, refuted this by contesting that an individual's mindset is what really makes the difference, and found that it is one of the most crucial elements in creating a successful business today.
Lessons to be Learnt
From optimistic revenue streams to unrealistic dreams – we speak to Andreas Spechtler, founder of the Startup Executive Academy and leader of the initiative Silicon Castles to find out what some of the most common mistakes startups are making today.