02nd Feb 2023

Future of… Ideas

Oxford Works

Date: Thursday 2nd February
Time: 12-30 – 1.15 followed by networking and light lunch
Curated by Advanced Oxford
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The first in a series of 4 discussions examining the four foundational pillars to create a successful business. The others include the Future of… talent, space and funding.

The foundation of innovation is creativity – the ideas, breakthroughs and inspiration which underpin new companies, products and solutions. And yet remarkably little of the innovation conversation focuses on how we can enhance creativity and the science of good ideas – when it comes to creativity, we’re complacent.  

This isn’t a traditional model of innovation, that will tend to focus on IP and protection, this is a discussion from 2 practitioners who are looking at innovation in a completely different way. Its about looking at a model of innovation that is different from others that allows for fascinating pivots on the journey.

Join us for the ‘Future of…Ideas’ panel, convened by Advanced Oxford and featuring leaders from the Creative Destruction Lab and Impeller Ventures to consider how we can cleverly increase creativity.

The panellists include:

Sarah Barratt-Ball
Sarah Barratt Ball is the Director of the Creative Destruction Lab at Oxford. She has a senior executive background of 27 years in finance. After 15 years working for investment banks in London, San Francisco, and New York, she left Morgan Stanley as a Managing Director, to join hedge fund Trafelet & Company as a Partner

She has a BSc (Hons) in Mathematical Statistics and Operational Research from the University of Exeter.

Jim Dawton

Jim Dawton is on a mission to reduce waste – the waste generated under the auspices of innovation. He operates a radically different venturing model – literally “innovating innovation” to quote an early advocate of his approach. He’s an Expert Advisor on the UK Government’s National Measurement System’s Life Sciences and Health Programme; is a Visiting Fellow at Cranfield University’s Management School. Jim advises numerous businesses from fledgling start-ups through family firms to international corporates – typically at board level.

Having graduated in industrial design from Newcastle Polytechnic in 1991, Jim began his career designing consumer products for global brands from London-based design firms. In 2004 he shifted focus and headed up a specialist health and life sciences design consultancy that, alongside Unilever R&D, was pioneering the use of design within research and development. This growing expertise prompted an advisory role for the UK Government’s Technology Strategy Board that has led to design now being a core component of many of Innovate UK’s funding schemes.

A light lunch a networking session will follow.

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