Grant Thornton International, a Fortune 500 company, is a winner of the IdeaScale 2021 Innovation Management Award for Best Innovation.

Grant Thornton International

Every year, IdeaScale hosts the Innovation Management Awards to award organizations who have demonstrated a level of sophistication in their innovation strategy that has had a measurable impact on their business. This year, one of our winners was Grant Thornton International in the category of Best Innovation for their ability to deliver the IASC — a process and product innovation with global appeal. We took some time to interview Ben Verdi, the Global Innovation Manager at Grant Thornton International to learn more about their program and the best practices that they’ve developed.

IdeaScale: Ben, why don’t we get started by…

It’s well known that design thinking is a creative problem-solving process, which focuses on reaching solutions that were previously inaccessible. To the trained eye, this may ring a bell as a common goal of innovative thinking as well. In reality, design thinking is a process that overlaps with traditional innovation in many different ways, making it extremely useful for innovative ideation.

In this article, we’ll discuss design thinking and the impact that using it can have on the innovative process. If you want to learn more about how whiteboarding and design thinking impact innovation, check out our other articles here.

Design Thinking and Innovation

Overview: Winpak, a global packaging company, noticed that its innovation outreach efforts were limited to those who were able to attend at specific times and places and rarely from its 2,500 frontline workers. They developed an innovation platform, called 25hundred Innovators, to lift the voices of those workers, transcending both language and geographical barriers.

The Challenge

Winpak is a global company that makes high-quality packaging materials and packaging machines to protect sensitive and perishable items such as food and medicine in transit. As such, it’s constantly striving for new ideas to upgrade its processes and products.

The company had an innovation program…

On June 25, 2021, the president signed an Executive Order (EO) to advance diversity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) in the Federal workforce. The EO “charges all agencies with assessing the current state of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility within their workforces and developing strategic plans to eliminate any barriers to success faced by underserved employees.” IdeaScale customers know that crowdsourcing provides a unique and powerful capability for a) promoting an overall culture of DEIA within organizations, and b) developing agency strategic plans to promote DEIA.

Crowdsourcing to Promote DEIA

The saying goes, “Diversity is an invite to the party, and…

“The hard part is implementation” — that’s what I hear over and over from innovators. It is very easy to get lost and overwhelmed with decisions and nuances when you’re molding an idea into a functioning offering. A product roadmap helps you plan and align key features and goals into a clean, easily digestible format.

Instead of having concepts and action items disjointedly existing on spreadsheets and scratchpads, a product roadmap has actionable steps with quantifiable times laid out to lead to whatever your end goal(s) may be.

The Necessary Components Of A Product Roadmap

A good product roadmap needs…

On Earth Day, IdeaScale launched its climate innovation pledge. To date, 12,862 ideas have been gathered. This number continues to rise.

IdeaScale’s goal is to reach one million climate innovation ideas by 2025. Become a part of the IdeaScale climate innovation pledge and contribute to those one million ideas.

Protecting the environment is critical. For the first time in 2020, solar and wind were at the top for new power generation.

In 2021, the United States vowed to protect 30% of marine and terrestrial ecosystems by 2030. …

Overview: Open source software, patents, and research provide the codebase, data, and information to anyone who wants to explore it. For governments, this allows better citizen engagement and support without committing substantial funds to upgrading or becoming locked into proprietary systems.

What Is Open Source?

First coined as a term in 1998, open source has its origins in the computer science sector and refers to software where the source code of the project is freely available and can be modified by anyone. …

Creating a sustainable workplace is a concern across all industries. Preserving the environment and decreasing the carbon footprint is at the forefront of innovation efforts for many companies.

Idea sharing is where innovation begins. It is how businesses learn ways to make the workplace more sustainable.

Brainstorming is the first step to idea-sharing. It helps businesses gather ideas from inside and outside the organization. It is also a great way to bring generations together. Research shows 82% of Millennials support brainstorming meetings.

State and federal agencies are also creating idea-sharing initiatives to launch sustainability efforts. This government innovation inspires other…

IdeaScale is gathering trends to inform their view of the future of innovation. To do that, they are asking futurists, innovation leaders, entrepreneurs, and other forwarding-thinking business leaders to answer at least one of three questions in their Future of Innovation Campaign.

Change happens fast. Technology creates opportunities at lightning speed, which presents companies with more ways of making money than ever before.

Some of this change happens out of the necessity to solve a particular problem. For example, the COVID-19 pandemic required companies to change how products reach customers. …

Are you among the most highly innovative organizations? Staying on top is about more than just beating the competition. It is about continuously moving forward while you shape the future.

Innovation drives economic growth. The most innovative companies understand the importance of developing solutions that solve critical problems. In 2021, approximately $600 billion will go toward research and development in the U.S. alone.

This is more than another other country is targeted to spend and is responsible for the U.S. ranking third on the Global Innovation Index.

There are several traits that promote innovation. Knowing which ones your organization possesses…


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