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.

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Hauling education into the digital twenty-first century

Reimagining learning

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?


Reflecting upon the Afterwords journey

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.


Waiting for the future to happen

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.


Human principles of existence

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

A History of Instant Messaging and Chat

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?

Manifesto for an after that was before

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

Harvesting an educational utopia

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?

Expiring decisions

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.

The Conversation

VR: it's more than a gadget

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

The empire of Sensorium

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.

reshaping the narrative

Strategic Innovation

Individual ignorance creates collective failure: a statement that applies to different fields, from business to climate change.

Why corporations are teaching their employees to be kids again

The educational chasm

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.

Understanding Neurodiversity

New Ways of Thinking, Learning, and Driving Change

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 Conversation

The Digital Transformation Isn't Always Digital

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

Employees Are Not Assets

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

Bringing the Soul into the Future

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

Self-Disruption as Innovation

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

Théorie de la liberté

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

Designing Systems Through Diversity

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.

Wake Up and Smell the Innovation

Flower Power: Finding Innovation in Nature

Professor Stefano Mancuso on why humans may not be as innovative as we once thought.

The Conversation

Dissociate & Collaborate

Friederike Korte describes what she means by a desirable future: one based on relationship building and subverting the status quo.

The Seeds of Progress

Growing Pains

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

A Case for a New Company Culture

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.


Leaders: A Survival Guide

Unpacking the myth of the "Great Man".

Relive maize.LIVE

12 Takeaways from Future Companies & Innovative Organizations

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

Exploring New Creative Agency Models

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

Slaying the Organizational Monster

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

Sowing the Seeds of a Growth Mindset

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

12 Common Mistakes Startups Make

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.