Cases

Ray Anderson, Interface

Ray Anderson , founder of Interface ( a major floor coverings company) increased sales and doubled profits while turning the traditional “take / make / waste” industrial system on its head.  He was passionate about sustainability and pioneered a wave of innovation which still drives the business.  This TED Talk video gives some insights into

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Arunachalam Muruganantham – user innovation

This TED Talk video offers a good example of user needs driving innovation in low income contexts.  When he realized his wife had to choose between buying family meals and buying her monthly “supplies,” Arunachalam Muruganantham vowed to help her solve the problem of the sanitary pad.

Jane Chen and the Warm Embrace incubator

In the developing world, access to incubators is limited by cost and distance, and millions of premature babies die each year. In this TEDTalk video Jane Chen shows an invention that could keep millions of these infants warm — a design that’s safe, portable, low-cost and life-saving.

Patient innovation

Patients are increasingly recognised as a source of innovation and this led Pedro Oliveira and colleagues to establish a network of such user innovators. On this website you can find an introductory video about the principles and also an extensive library of case examples

Anil Gupta and the Honey Bee network

Anil Gupta is the founder of a network supporting entrepreneurs in India and encouraging them to develop ideas for solving some of the major social challenges facing the country.  In this TED talk he explains his approach.

Grameen Bank

Muhammad Yunis won the Nobel Prize for his work in developing the concept of ‘microfinance’.  This video clip explains the basic idea behind the Grameen bank, the venture he established to implement the idea.

Samasource

This is a case example of social innovation in the humanitarian context.  Samasource was an idea developed to enable refugees to participate in the wider economic system using mobile technology and earn money to support themselves. The basic idea is explained in this clip…..   ….. and this clip has a users perspective  

The changing face of the imaging industry

This is a case study highlighting changes over time across the sector.  Imaging case You might also be interested to read the responses of players like Fuji, Polaroid and Kodak.    

Electroco

Electroco This is a case study of a large electrical company which looks at their innovation capability mapped against the framework model.