The Enlightenment Coffeehouses * I’d love to see the return of these old coffeehouses

Modern day coffee shops such as the likes of Starbucks, Costa Coffee, and Caffè Nero have their roots in the coffeehouses of  17th and 18th century London, but those old coffeehouses were quite unlike the establishments we know and love today. A Brief History of Coffee Coffee originated in Ethiopia in the 10th Century, reached … Continue reading The Enlightenment Coffeehouses * I’d love to see the return of these old coffeehouses

Innovation Café

[Status: work in progress – this is an old document based on some work I did for a client in 2009. It needs a complete review and rewrite.] The Business Purpose of an Innovation Café The core purpose of the Innovation Café (or iCafe) is to identify business issues – business objectives, business problems, opportunities … Continue reading Innovation Café

Serendipity An accidental discovery

Serendipity: An unsought, unintended, and/or unexpected, but fortunate, discovery and/or learning experience that happens by accident. Everyone experiences serendipity at one time or another. It’s just a matter of time but do some people have an aptitude for making fortunate discoveries by accident?  Can we improve our chances of serendipitous events? There are plenty of … Continue reading Serendipity An accidental discovery