Headhunters are trying to talk to more women about senior roles. But one recently told me that the overwhelming majority of women he approaches cannot, or will not, make time to talk. Most of the men, meanwhile, will. And we wonder why men outnumber women in leadership roles.
We matched developers and designers with people who understood the problems they were trying to solve - public servants, experts and academics, ordinary people who'd experienced first hand services they wanted to improve. We fed them lasagne and supplied them with post-it notes and wifi. Quite a few of them didn't sleep.
Over the next few weeks, we'll be sharing blogs from inspiring innovators, who are using tech to change the world - from the charity helping sight impaired kids use public transport independently, to the start-up that have created an app to help parents suffering from postnatal depression... It's not about celebrating the technology by itself, it's about celebrating the humans and how they're using technology to achieve something great.
To try to address some of these challenges, we designed the NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) last year. Like many ideas it was taken from another sector. Accelerators aim to support the growth and spread of technologies, in the past developing solutions such as AirBnB and Dropbox. Microsoft, IBM and MIT all have accelerators, and now we do too.
Malaria has been a persistent blight for thousands of years. Spread by mosquitos, the oldest surviving records of the disease appear in ancient Chinese medical texts dating back to 2,700 BC. Since that time, efforts to tame it have been equally tireless.
I've had just a taster of what this future looks like with the Model S, and underneath its flashy, self-driving exterior beats a core ecosystem of cars and charging stations that can finally make my electric car dream come true.
In my blogs this month I have been looking at the importance of innovation, being innovative and adopting an innovative approach. While doing my research I came across a lot of amazing British inventions- which I thought I would celebrate. I have chosen my 10 favourite inventions but there are plenty more!
Take a guess at how many note taking apps I currently use? I won't drag this out but the answer is four. That is a simply ridiculous number of note-taking apps, especially when we're all desperately searching for that productive nirvana where we can organise our lives both digitally and meaningfully in the way that only a good old fashioned ring binder can.
The Government is asked to support environmentally friendly technologies every day. It's called on to invest in renewable generation and to subsidise electric vehicles. But in this case, it could actually make money while helping clean alternatives to diesel to flourish. It seems like one of the simpler decisions that the Chancellor would have to make this week.
Long gone are the days of chalk and talk, when schoolchildren sat in rows and the teacher would stand in front of a blackboard and deliver knowledge. ...
With evidence showing that people want more control over the economy, their workplace and their communities, and a new programme of support for co-operatively run organisations, is now the time for the co-operative option?