‘’Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels…..Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do”
– Apple computer
Dear friends, partners, clients and students
One year ago we founded Engage // Innovate on the idea of helping clients make innovation happen and drive strategic transformation. We set ourselves some audacious goals. We call this #Piratethinking. Today we celebrate year one. We are proud to say it’s been a insanely great year.
We have met and worked with a number of bold and exciting people on innovation, strategy and leadership. Statoil, Aibel, SR-Bank and Gjensidige are some of the firms we’ve worked with. Christian, through his teaching at BI, has taught hundreds of students on bachelor and executive programs; all providing input and feedback on our management thinking. Second, we have developed a range of ideas, tools and concepts; all helping our clients making innovation happen. We’ve helped companies think big and dream bigger. Finally, our social media work has allowed us to connect and interact with thousands of enthusiastic people across the globe in ways that would not have been possible only years ago.
Our year one has been an amazing adventure.
Looking forward, the future looks even brighter.
This spring we are working on an increasing number of brave, game-changing client projects. We are particularly delighted to be allowed to judge the upcoming StartUp Weekend Stavanger. In May we publish our book, “Dream Bigger – your personal innovation sketchbook”. This summer we’ll spend time at Villa Vista Taiba, Brazil, kitesurfing, researching and writing. In September, we launch our exciting ten-month innovation program, “leading innovation”, for up to five Norwegian companies. This fall Christian will also be teaching an increasing number of game-changing educational programs on strategy and bold management thinking at BI. In November we travel to Cannes for the World Innovation Convention, where we’ll run a 90-minute workshop on the Innovation Pyramid. In January we are back in Brazil to run another client strategy session at Villa Vista Taiba.
That’s our immediate plan.
Along the way we hope to run our new two-day workshops on “Sparking Strategic Innovation” and “The People-side of Innovation” in an increasing number of international settings. We continue to develop the Innovation Pyramid and expand our selection of visual innovation tools. We work on our upcoming book “Strategy Tools For the Next Generation”. And we aim to publish our first-ever Harvard Business Review article.
Those are our aspirations.
But most importantly, every single day we go to work to help clients make innovation happen.
So thank you all for a great year one. We look forward to the next 20.
Elisabeth & Christian