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Demystifying Innovation for Entrepreneurs

  • Apr 25, 2014 · 7:30 AM
  • Club E

In this talk, Robert Shaw will explain how most organizations create invisible barriers that put the brakes on innovation, how to become aware of them and what strategies and tools you can use to defeat these obstacles. 

Participants will discover:

1.  Numerous innovation opportunities right in front of you 

2.  Why truly innovative ideas always look like bad ideas to most people

3.  What entrepreneurs can learn from designers  

4.  How you can apply design thinking techniques to gain insights, identify unmet needs and act quickly on new opportunities while minimizing risk


Robert Shaw has extensive international experience as a digital strategist and innovator with wide-ranging experience bridging the information technology, communications and Internet industries. His current activities are focused on the intersection of creativity, design, innovation and entrepreneurship. As Founder of the International Institute for Innovation, he is passionate about helping to advance the practice of innovation whether at an individual, team or organizational level.

With more than 30 years of international experience in the United Nations system ­–working in more than 60 countries – he was most recently Head of Innovation at the ITU, a UN specialized agency for information and communication technologies based in Geneva, Switzerland. In that role, he provided strategic thought leadership on innovation, design thinking and entrepreneurship for the United Nations family and its member states. Besides advising governments on how to build national innovation capabilities and his work with youth and young entrepreneurs, he founded ITU Academy, a global face-to-face and online training initiative for building skills in entrepreneurship and information and communication technologies in over 120 locations around the globe.

He has facilitated numerous innovation workshops and headed a project in 2013 to produce the first crowdsourced contribution to the UN General Assembly in support of youth, young entrepreneurs and social innovators. He has acted as an expert in numerous fora, including at the World Economic Forum, World Bank Group, OECD, UNESCO, Interpol, European Commission, US State Department and Department of Commerce, FCC, ISO and the G20. Mr. Shaw has spoken at numerous conferences and authored papers on innovation and new technologies, including a chapter in the Global Innovation Index published by INSEAD and the World Intellectual Property Organization.

Robert has a Masters in Business and Telecommunications from the Technical University of Delft, The Netherlands. He can be contacted through [masked].

About the International Institute for Innovation  

The International Institute for Innovation was founded with the objective of sharing the world’s knowledge and best practices on innovation. Specifically, we design and deliver solutions for individuals, teams and organizations seeking to build skills and capabilities in innovation. Part of our work includes creating a discussion platform that helps deepen our understanding of the nature of innovation, creating environments and policies that help innovation to flourish, creating tools and leveraging technology to help us innovate, and spreading skills and expertise globally on innovations in the practice of innovation.

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