The Marathon Ahead

Well folks, this is the start of my global marathon on innovation. After four years of training (study, research and practice) I get to enter the race and see if I can keep up with, or even challenge, the pack of thought leaders as it weaves and sweats through the issues of our day.

I have chosen innovation because I deeply believe it is the key to rebuilding economies at all levels-local, regional, national and international. Innovation is the nexus from which individuals, groups and organizations can solve increasingly complex, diverse, and demanding problems and once again bring prosperity. The ‘army of innovators’ we need is all around us. It just requires the necessary awareness, commitment, tools and processes to unlock this human capital. And it’s not only about business and profits. To truly prosper, we all need to be on the same page, speaking the same problem-solving language. Educators, health professionals, IT evangelists, scientists, aid workers, administrators, business and political leaders, just to name a few, need to have the knowledge and skills to take innovation from an elite exercise into standard practice at all levels around the globe.

The innovative thinking required to solve the toughest problems we face must be far more nimble and networked than we’ve imagined. In short, how we innovate needs a dose of innovation itself. So, I’m starting my marathon today, and I know I am surrounded by some amazing thought leaders. Join me on this long run, where each stride continually demands both curiosity and hard work. It’s an interesting, worthwhile and challenging race. But as my Aikido Sensei once told me, “It is not important how difficult it is. It is important that it is possible.”

Stay tuned for more ‘Thoughts On Innovation’

 

 

By JLB_Admin

Jay Lundy, Founder & Head Spark Founder and President of Spark Innovation, Jay Lundy has a substantial background in the disciplines of design, workplace learning, facilitation and collaborative problem solving. Mr Lundy has seamlessly blended his university degree in Design along with a Diploma in Adult Education into 25 years experience developing creative, high impact learning programs for hundreds of organizations including: American Express Deloitte Toyota Uniglobe International Century 21 Royal Bank Intrawest Canadian Cancer Society Telus Pan Pacific Resorts UniSource Bank of Montreal He founded Spark Innovation to address the urgent need for ‘FreshThinking’ - the essential tools and processes - to solve the increasingly complex and diverse challenges we face, both locally and globally. Mr Lundy believes that smarter thinking by individuals, teams and organizations is only possible by engaging all stakeholders in an open, accessible, accelerated and ongoing innovation process. An accomplished speaker, master trainer and facilitator, Jay blends an imaginative communication style with an ability to bridge ideas and galvanize the commitment of individuals and groups around the key issues they face. Spark Innovation is dedicated to finding, using and sharing the very best practices that help maximize human capital and move our world toward continuous, open innovation.

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