Report on trip to Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Beerse, Belgium

Last week (26-Aug-15) I visited the Janssen Pharmaceuticals HQ in Beerse, Belgium. I was invited jointly by Janssen and Johnson & Johnson to address the staff who work on the Beerse Campus at a ‘Townhall” event (200+ people). I also contributed to a Janssen Management Board Meeting and led a discussion with members of the […]

The ORS Question answered . . . by you

ORS sachets bought in Zambia – note that they all make up 1 litre I never tire of telling people that Open Innovation is an amazing phenomenon. Happily, it disproves the old adage: Ask a silly question… Because, in fact, you don’t get silly answers. Nearly a dozen people, including several international experts in Oral […]

Convening Power

As it is the weekend(!) I am affording myself the luxury of straying from the day-to-day of ColaLife to write down the things I’ve been saying about “Convening Power” during recent presentations (Royal Society of Medicine, TEDx Berlin) and how we’ve used this to get where we’ve got with the ColaLife project. The term, Convening […]

ColaLife principle: openness

I first had the ColaLife idea in 1988 when I was working for the British Aid programme in NE Zambia. However, I was unable to share it other than by word of mouth and I got nowhere. In May 2008 I shared the idea on Facebook and look what’s happened. Thousands of people have convened […]

Convening Power

I have a great debt of gratitude to those who joined us in the great Open Innovation Exchange (OIE) experiment which I ended up getting a lot of credit for but was really the brain child of David Wilcox et al. The Open Innovation Exchange developed a competitive bid for a UK Government contract in […]

Why I’m very pleased to be speaking at Chain Reaction next week

Simon Berry on ColaLife and Chain Reaction Colalife is a great idea. It’s not the idea it was a year ago. It’s much better. I’m a great believer in open innovation which is essentially the process of opening up of ideas to others so that they are made better (the ideas not the people). That’s […]