“This is a book about the secrets of innovations and breakthroughs. The society we live in is the result of many innovations and we will continue to need such innovations today and in the future. In this book we examine a number of innovations and breakthrough processes across an exceptionally wide range of areas in order to understand their underlying mechanisms, and the way they succeeded or failed in making an impact.”
The introduction of digital information and communication technologies to the public has led to the biggest societal and economic transformation of recent history.
In this chapter we consider the trends and innovations in modern logistics, from its origins in military history to the 21st century, to examine an often-overlooked area upon which civilisation depends.
This chapter is about the national, regional and global influence of the concepts of agricultural optimisation developed at the University of Wageningen in the Netherlands.
In this chapter, we examine the complex mechanism of an ongoing breakthrough process of the moving parts of nature, international and national policies and strategies, to uncover lessons for current and future leaders.
The author considers the role of smart grids, electricity storage, offshore wind, CO2 recycling, carbon capture and storage technology and hydrogen technology.
The challenges of electric energy systems of the future with regard to the integration of sustainable energy resources and smart grids developments.
The former CEO of Royal Dutch Shell argues that what is needed is a shared international vision and realistic domestic priorities to bring governments and industry together to manage innovation processes and make renewable energy commercially viable.
A consideration of the gradual acceptance of the concept of Responsibility to Protect at the United Nations, where it has brought about a paradigm change in thinking and language regarding prevention, protection, intervention and rebuilding in situations of possible mass atrocities.
The unification of Germany in 1990 was a breakthrough that occurred with unexpected speed. While economic and social challenges remain to this day, it is still considered a miracle that it was possible to unite two countries politically, legally, monetarily, economically and militarily in such a short period of time.
A Rashomon of perspectives pieced together from memoirs, histories, and new interviews conducted with key players, to show which visions made the concept of the Oslo Declaration of Principles possible, what went right, and what went wrong.
After China’s astonishing advances in the past three decades, its economy is now the second largest in the world and could overtake that of the United States within 15 years. Contrary to popular belief, China’s new leaders are characterised by mental agility and a willingness to experiment and innovate.
In his capacity as leader of the Dutch Liberal Party Frits Bolkestein argued that the subject of immigration in the Netherlands was a broad and fundamental issue that required a nationwide debate. This is a case study of a breakthrough in making a difficult issue debatable.
An examination of the political decisions that led to the privatisations of major industries in the UK, Western Europe and the former Soviet Union over a period of two decades since the 1980s, their consequences, and the manner in which they have served the public interest.
An examination of the factors that led to the success of the TV station Al Jazeera and the impact it has had on world events.
An analysis of 21 organisations across the US and the Netherlands showing that innovation and high-value healthcare for all are not only feasible but achievable goals.
How the Mayo Clinic is building on the innovative practice style it introduced in the mid-1880s by systematically generating, integrating and delivering its extensive knowledge to people all over the world.
The strategy of the Noaber Foundation to develop an unorthodox approach to force breakthroughs in healthcare innovation.
An exploration of the innovative work of the Augeo Foundation, a Netherlands-based charity seeking to make breakthroughs in tackling child abuse and neglect in the Netherlands.
An exploration of the new relationship of businesses to their stakeholders and to underlying economic structures, post the global financial crisis, and the role of social entrepreneurship and impact investing through six case studies.
We are very proud that we were able to engage actively with so many highly qualified and experienced figures from our network. This is one of the distinguishing features of this book. These remarkable people were generous with their time and thought hard to reflect on their experiences in terms of the generic factors that we identified. They were asked to recall or write down how the process stages were related to each other, and to reflect on what role the factors of leadership, environment and window of opportunity played in their specific activity and in general. All the chapters tell their own story.