About Nick Skillicorn

Chief Editor of and Founder / CEO of Improvides Innovation Consulting. Coach / Speaker / Author / TEDx Speaker / Voted as the world's #5 Innovation blogger in 2016, I help individuals and companies build their creativity and innovation capabilities, so you can develop the next breakthrough idea which customers love.
10 12, 2018

This news is incredibly boring but innovative: There is a new definition of a kilogram

By | 2018-12-10T06:27:16+00:00 December 10th, 2018|Curiosity|0 Comments

Instead of being tied to a physical object in France, the international standard for the kilogram is now based on one of the fundamental constants of nature. And to achieve this, scientists have agreed to change the very definition of one of the constants of physics. You might be asking why I am talking about [...]

6 12, 2018

Idea to Value wins two 2018 MVP awards for best innovation blogs

By | 2018-12-06T06:49:54+00:00 December 6th, 2018|Inspiration|0 Comments

I am pleased to announce that once again, Idea to Value has been selected as one of the best innovation blogs of the year. The award comes from Business Innovation Brief, which reviews the most popular and informative articles across the largest innovation blogs in the world. They just released their list of winners of [...]

3 12, 2018

How best to use innovation to fight corruption: 2 Case Studies

By | 2018-12-03T00:24:55+00:00 December 3rd, 2018|Innovation|1 Comment

Corruption is a huge problem. It is estimated by the United Nations that up to 5% of the global economy (estimated to be around $2.6 trillion) is lost to corruption annually. In one case I remember vividly from 2015, Nigeria's former national security adviser, Sambo Dasuki, was arrested for allegedly stealing $2bn [Ed: Yes, that's [...]

25 11, 2018

Podcast S2E26: Paul Jarvis – Why staying small is the next big thing in business

By | 2018-11-29T09:37:19+00:00 November 25th, 2018|Podcasts|0 Comments

What does running a successful business mean? Does it mean growing revenue at 1000% annually, or raising millions of money in Venture Capital? How about having hundreds of employees and clients who are the biggest businesses in the world? And would you rather have a business which makes you happy, or one which causes you [...]

11 11, 2018

Podcast S2E25: Nick White – How DeloitteASSIST innovated healthcare through voice control

By | 2018-11-12T10:00:42+00:00 November 11th, 2018|Podcasts|0 Comments

In today's episode of the Idea to Value podcast, we speak with Nick White from Deloitte Sydney about a new innovation which has been receiving a lot of attention, called "Deloitte Assist". Deloitte Assist is a way for patients in a hospital to ask for help using their voice, so that nurses and doctors know [...]

28 10, 2018

Art is sometimes just a matter of perspective

By | 2018-10-28T11:45:03+00:00 October 28th, 2018|Inspiration|0 Comments

I was recently at the excellent Sculptures by the Sea exhibition in Sydney. I spotted the following wonderful set of sculptures along the walk, which looks solid from some angles, but almost turns transparent from directly behind it. Check out the video of it here: Art is sometimes just a matter of perspective #creativity #art [...]

15 10, 2018

65% of Venture Capital-backed deals fail to return investment, and only 4% make substantial returns

By | 2018-10-15T06:30:18+00:00 October 15th, 2018|Innovation|0 Comments

Everyone knows that investing in innovative new ideas carries a degree of risk. However, new data from Correlation Ventures shows just how risky investing in new companies can be. The chart above shows the financial outcomes for 21,640 different financing deals between 2004 and 2013 (note that these were the total number of deals, not individual [...]

5 10, 2018

New study shows whether collaboration is more effective than working alone (hint: it isn’t the best way…)

By | 2018-10-05T06:49:12+00:00 October 5th, 2018|Innovation|0 Comments

Who is more effective at problem-solving and finding solutions to difficult challenges? Is it groups of people collaborating on the challenge together, or individuals working alone? I came across the answer in a new research paper, and the result surprised me. Most innovation experts would advise that full-time collaboration is a basic requirement for building [...]

10 09, 2018

What can an electronics scrapyard in Ghana teach us about innovation?

By | 2018-09-10T12:33:53+00:00 September 10th, 2018|Inspiration|0 Comments

You may have seen the horrific pictures. Boys burning e-waste like circuit boards to extract copper. Inhaling dangerous fumes which shorten their lives. With harmful chemicals seeping into groundwater. Often the images you may have seen have come from electronic scrapyards like Agbogbloshie, a community in Accra, Ghana. But what you don't often see is the [...]

3 09, 2018

Sydney Innov8rs conference: Come and learn from me and 40+ live innovation speakers

By | 2018-09-03T11:25:12+00:00 September 3rd, 2018|Innovation|0 Comments

It's my honor to announce that I will be one of the featured workshop leaders at the upcoming Innov8rs conference in Sydney, Australia, from the 25th -27th September 2018. I will be joining over 40+ other live speakers at this amazing conference. It is a lineup full of innovation experts and practitioners, and the focus [...]

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