Non-Bullshit Innovation: 17 Proven Ways to Transform How You Work (Paperback)David Rowan (author)
*updated with new material*
'Digital transformation' and 'disruptive innovation' used to be empty buzzwords serving to justify pointless box-ticking and absurd corporate posturing. And then a global pandemic suddenly forced every kind of organization to embrace genuine, urgent innovation as a matter of survival. But how can we ensure that the non-bullshit version of innovation delivers economic recovery at this crucial moment? Are there strategies we can all adapt from the world's most creative leaders to innovate effectively in our own lives?
David Rowan, founding editor-in-chief of WIRED UK, embarked on a twenty country quest to find out. Packed full of tips for anyone looking for radical ways to adapt and thrive in the digital age, this carefully curated selection of stories will prepare you for whatever the future may bring - because the world will never move this slowly again.
'In this remarkable book, David Rowan tells a story of transformation: how an organisation has found a new way of doing things through innovation driven by ruthless entrepreneurial imagination. What is especially useful is that he does not just stick with small startups, let alone dreamy "inventors". He finds innovation in big companies and even within governments.' - Matt Ridley, The Times
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 481 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 x 29 mm
Wired UK seems to have provided Rowan, who was its founding editor, with an enviable launch pad from which he blasts off to talk to the world’s most innovative people and companies. He does not squander the opportunity... Rowan’s quest for “non-bullshit strategies that can really deliver” takes him from Tallinn to Hangzhou. It is an entertaining quest, well told, and illustrated with plenty of fresh examples from beyond the usual well-worn Silicon Valley legends. - FT Business Books of the Month
In Non-Bullshit Innovation, Rowan combines the deeply researched narrative of a great investigative journalist with the practical punch of a top keynote speaker and delivers a book that is both a deeply engrossing read and a hugely valuable guide. No bullshit. - Dan Cobley, serial entrepreneur, former Google UK MD
In this remarkable book, David Rowan has gone all around the world chronicling what is happening inside businesses as they invent the future. In each case he tells a story of transformation: how an organisation has found a new way of doing things through innovation driven by ruthless entrepreneurial imagination. What is especially useful about Rowan’s journey is that he sticks to real examples of things that are actually happening, eschewing the vague abstractions so popular with innovation gurus — hence “non-bullshit” in the title. He does not just stick with small startups, let alone dreamy “inventors”. He finds innovation in big companies and even within governments. And he focuses on the creation of markets, not just the invention of machines and gadgets: that is to say, innovation rather than invention. - Matt Ridley, The Times
Perfectly observed, painfully funny and brutally honest, David Rowan has written a book which goes where no one dared to go. Its wisdom will save you a decade of heartache, confusion and self deception. It is the front line in the fight back towards sanity and the Innovation conversation can never be the same again. - Mark Adams, Chief Innovation Officer, VICE
Massively recommend 'David Rowan's new book 'Non-Bullshit Innovation' - it does exactly what the title promises, showing the best examples of real business innovation, with no guff at all. - Rohan Silver, Co-Founder of Second Home
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