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Fitting out of the box ideas into their box

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A way of structuring innovation into something that we can act on. We need a playing field, and innovation is done on top of ecosystems. So anything that creates value is ultimately an ecosystem of interacting parts. We have people, we have resources, we have processes and tools, and this is the thing that creates value in the world. Innovation is simply a change to an ecosystem that produces more value. And that's a really powerful working definition, because we now don't have it tied to mysteries of like, is it growth oriented or is it about risk or anything, it's simply about we're going to make an ecosystem produce more value.

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Dan McClure

Dan McClure

Innovation Design Lead, ThoughtWorks

I am passionate about innovation ... how it's done well ... and why we often stumble. I have spent 30 years as a hands-on practitioner of disruption, designing and applying new innovation practices in both private and public enterprises, including working with Humanitarian and public good organizations. I believe that the most impactful innovation is rooted in complex and messy change. As a a result, I draw on a multi-disciplinary perspective that includes technology, business, and strategy.

Today, as the Innovation Design Lead at ThoughtWorks, I'm leading the ground-up development of a new business innovation practice within ThoughtWorks, working with strategic visioning services alongside senior client executives. My previous roles include founding principle and VP of a business services firm and senior program manager for a Fortune 100 energy company, and I've helped various companies overhaul their IT technical approaches, with my expertise lying in agile organization and innovation.

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