The beauty of these events is coming into a high-trust (and non-selling) environment with a highly diverse group of people who all share a passion for innovation, curiosity and an open mind in common. The diversity that is the lifeblood of innovation is certainly represented in our group!
Participants do not only come from very different industries, they build on different professional pathways, have different levels of expertise, and come from different size companies. It is the potent mix of innovation novices (who can ask the all important ‘silly’ questions), innovation enthusiasts (who bring the passion and energy) and innovation experts (who bring the knowledge and experience) that come to Innovators Anonymous that makes this group such a valuable resources for anyone driving innovation in their organisation; it is this mix that offers participants the kind of practical, leading edge knowledge and insights that will enable them to transform and accelerate the innovation journey of their organisation.
This means we have looked at topics such as Idea Management Systems and Open Innovation as well as the Impact of Big Data and Ambiguity – Friend or Foe of Innovation. We spot emerging topics early, and explore them through the innovation lens. Each of these events typically combines:
Dedicated to sharing, clarifying, creating and applying knowledge about innovation, Innovators Anonymous operates in a dynamic, high trust atmosphere that integrates knowledge development and academic insight with practice, real-life experiences and actual case studies.
Newcomers to the group are generally amazed at the degree of openness, honesty, friendliness, and the sincere interest in the concerns of fellow members. That’s what makes us special.
Through our engagements with companies of all sorts and sizes from across the world, we constantly develop new insights into innovation. Share existing knowledge. Exchange ideas. Explore concepts. Formulate strategies. Create new wisdom. And find nuggets that make a real difference.
Please note that if you are someone who is looking for the ‘one right answer or approach’ Innovators Anonymous might not be the group for you …
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The first three of these events are one day (10.00-16.30); the last event of the year is somewhat different, based on the insight that ‘if I hear I forget, if I see I remember, if I do I understand’, this 11⁄2 day event is skewed towards doing and experiencing. All events tend to be held in or around London (for some reason no one seems to challenge a day in London …) and we always aim to match venue to topic.
We gain great benefit from the Innovation Leadership Forum [Networking Group]. It acts as a trusted network of professional innovators with the added benefit of some academic learning on the subject brought by Bettina. We use it both to learn and share best practice in Innovation and make new connections to accelerate our work in Fundraising Innovation. I’d strongly recommend it as a network for any Innovation team wanting to learn from others in the field.
When a colleague asked me how to go about finding out about innovation I told him there was only one place to start: Bettina and the Innovation Leadership Forum.
In a role where one is never supported by those who are supported by the current state of things, it is so empowering to be encouraged by others who strive to sustain critical change. ILF has become more like a family. We have shared in successes and failures across a great diversity of different business models and cultures, and this has brought us close.
The Innovation Leadership forum is an excellent networking community for sharing ideas about innovation best practice. Marks and Spencer have found membership highly beneficial, stimulating and importantly enjoyable! The extended network of non competing businesses has been invaluable in helping shape innovation strategy and continues to provide stimulus for challenging the business status quo.
I have been a strong participant of the Innovation Leadership Forum Networking Group and have got so much from the members and from discussions and sharing ideas on innovation with Bettina.
We always encourage those interested in our group to come along to one of our meetings. Another way to get to know us is to host one of our meetings (remember, ideally in London…) or to share your experience, insights, approach on the event topic.
1. The Innovators Anonymous Group has two types of membership, Individual, and Corporate. With the former participation in the events and access to the ILF Website is limited to the subscribed member. As a rule, Corporate Members can send any two participants to the meetings (and we all know that rules are there to be broken….) and sign up as many people from their company to have access to the ILF Website as they like.
2. Membership of the Innovators Anonymous Group is based on a 12 months cycle, commencing upon sign-up and is renewed automatically unless three months notice are given. Current rates for Corporate Membership are £7,500 (plus VAT), for Individual Membership £1,000 (plus VAT).
3. While we do not operate a non-competitiveness clause, in the interest of maintaining our culture of high trust, existing members have the right to veto new members.
4. As we are a strictly non-selling environment consultants or consultancies tend to be excluded – though decisions will always be made on an individual basis.
5. Members are generally encouraged to invite non-members to attend one meeting. If our guests like us so much they would like to come back, we’d be delighted to welcome them back – as members.
6. Everything said in the Innovation Leadership Forum Networking Group meetings is confidential – Chatham House Rules and all that. If you would like to use any of the material, please clear this with the relevant party directly.
7. Write-ups of events will be circulated to those who have presented for comment and sign-off before being finalised and shared with the rest of the group.
8. Corporate members may share written summaries or documents widely in their organisation – unless explicitly stated otherwise. Individual members are asked to show a little more restraint.
9. We are all busy; in the spirit of the group, we are sure that signed-up members respond to emails and phone calls of fellow members in a timely manner.
10. Please remember that the ILF is an additional resource to member organisations. We are delighted to help with any questions relevant to innovation. While we do not believe to have all the answers we will do our best to help and/or point you in the right direction.