I want to wish you a very happy new year, and hope you enjoy tonight’s 2019 New Year’s Eve as much as I plan on it.
Hopefully, 2018 has been successful for you, with lots of creative ideas, and many of those turned into real innovations.
I have been thinking back on the past year, about what has gone well and what should be the focus for next year.
What has gone well in 2018:
- Further awards for Idea to Value as one of the best Innovation blogs in the world: We recently had two of our articles nominated for the best innovation articles of the year, and were picked as winners in both categories. This makes me immensely proud, as I put a lot of emphasis on making sure that this is a website driven by high-quality, well-researched content and insights, and promise to keep this as a core value in the coming years.
- Successful client engagements: As part of my innovation work with Deloitte in Sydney, I have been fortunate to work with some amazing clients on building their innovation ambitions and capabilities. While this has meant I haven’t had as much time to devote to writing articles this year, I look forward to more of this direct client contact next year as well.
- Big personal milestones: While I won’t go into too much detail, I had a very important question which I was hoping to answer this year. And fortunately, the answer was Yes. This will hopefully lead to one of the big next milestones in 2019 😉
- Back-end automation and enhancements on the website: Most people don’t realise how much work goes into managing a successful blog. While you might not see the changes directly, I have spent a lot of time automating processes to help make the blog run on autopilot.
- Speaking engagements around Australia: 2018 was a fantastic year when it comes to speaking engagements and leading workshops. This has included the wonderful Innov8rs conference in Sydney, being a guest lecturer at UTS on the science of creativity (image below) and workshops in Sydney, Darwin, Brisbane and Melbourne.
Had a great time as guest lecturer at UTS recently, teaching about the #science of #creativity with the students of Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation (BCII) #UTS_FTDI #BCIIConnect
Thank you Bem Le Hunte for organising and all students attending pic.twitter.com/c6LZVLpGlk
— Idea to Value (@ideatovalue) December 14, 2018
With all this being said, what can you expect to see in 2019?
What is the plan for 2019?
In one word: Videos.
The internet is moving towards video, with every platform including Facebook, Linkedin, Youtube and Twitter all placing more emphasis on people engaging with video.
So while I will still be producing some of the best long-form innovation and creativity blog articles in 2019, expect to see a lot of video content as well.
This will include not only additional longer interviews with other experts and entrepreneurs, but also a larger number of short, bite-sized videos which are designed to be enjoyed on the go and on mobile.
That is my promise to you.
So here’s to a great 2019.
What are your resolutions? Let me know in the comments below.
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