Open Innovation – Why More Companies are Embracing it




Open innovation (or “OI”) didn’t used to be the way the most successful companies did business. It’s the process of searching outside a company’s walls—and even its own industry—for technology and solutions to keep it at the cutting edge. For obvious reasons, then, many businesses still find OI risky, since […]

How women contribute $3 trillion to global healthcare

June 8, 2015 8.25pm AEST
How women contribute $3 trillion to global healthcare


Maria Goddard
Professor of Health Economics at University of York

Maria Goddard receives research funding from the Department of Health and NIHR. The Centre of which she is Director receives research funding from a variety of sources

Women make up 90% of the world’s nurses. EPA/Ahmed Jallanzo

The traditional focus on women’s health tends to emphasise only their healthcare needs. But women are important providers – as much […]

“Enough is Enough – what’s happening to our men?” Susanne Moore

This article previously published on

“The number of working women in the United States is about to surpass the number of working men. Three-quarters of the people who have lost jobs in the current recession are men” (Harvard Business Review September 2013),  yet women still earn on average 77 cents in the dollar to that of a man. On the surface these statistics seem like a great thing, and to a degree they are, but if women remain the bulk of […]

Missed Opportunity to Regain Flagship Status of the Access to Work Award in the UK

Joint response from Universal inclusion and Fluidity to the statement issued today in the Uk by the Minister for Disabled People Mark Harper.

Issued by Jacqueline Winstanley Bsc hons Chair Fluidity UK Forum For Hidden and Fluctuating Conditions, Entrepreneur Universal Inclusion

Issued Thursday 12th March 2015

Whilst any support which enhances the rights and working lives of disabled people is welcome.

This is a missed opportunity following the Select Committee Investigation, Report and subsequent recommendations to return to […]

Inclusive Entrepreneurship Key to Diversity in Start Ups

In considering the implications and likely support requirements of disabled people who choose to enter into entrepreneurship we first need to explore the concept itself .

In the past its fair to say that society perceived entrepreneurship as slightly outside mainstream business activities and associated it with risk compared with the once traditional “ job for life “ approach to career pathways.

The risk associated with entrepreneurship in terms of failure came at a high price, […]

The Work foundation launch a Policy Unit Paper : Fluctuating Conditions Fluctuating Support

Yesterday saw the launch of Fluctuating conditions, fluctuating support , a Policy Unit Paper from the Work Foundation at their headquarters in London UK.

I would like to thank the Work Foundation for asking me to provide expert advice in shaping the paper and speak at the BUPA sponsored launch of their latest Policy Unit Report Fluctuating conditions, fluctuating support.

It was also a great opportunity to put forward the experiences of our members FLUIDITY ( […]

“One Moment in Time ” Campaign launches in UK

I am delighted to be launching the “One Moment in Time Campaign” in the UK as part of my commitment as CEO of Universal Inclusion to increasing equality of access to life opportunities.

I decided to start the campaign with a focus on Workforce Retention and Inclusive Entrepreneurship both of which are essential to increasing Inclusive Economic Growth.

Our launch is timely, coinciding with the release of the Select Committee Investigation report […]

Women needed in STEM jobs for the sake of innovation

Reblogged from the Telegraph UK
Female workers are urged to champion their own skillsets so STEM companies can reap the benefits of stronger teams and increased profits

There are more female engineers persuing careers than ever before – but the balance is far from even

By Paul Bray

4:22PM GMT 05 Jan 2015

STEM companies want more female workers. It’s nothing to do with equality targets – it’s because it pays. “Homogeneity is bad for business,” agrees Ann Watson, CEO of […]

Diversity is NOT a HR Issue

Yes sorry, HR people!  Its true, Gender Diversity is NOT a Human Resources issue – it is an organisational opportunity!  Yes thats right folks, it is all about the opportunity of opening up your organisation to INNOVATION through DIVERSITY and GENDER BALANCE.  So often we think of diversity as just talking about women, but that is not the case.  Increasingly cultural diversity is the opportunity to reap the benefits of different perspectives, practices and culture. […]

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    The Gender Focus in the DNA of Science and Technology Education – Gloria Bonder

The Gender Focus in the DNA of Science and Technology Education – Gloria Bonder

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The Importance of Inclusive Play and Childcare in reducing Chronic Poverty for Disabled People

The recent findings of the Parliamentary Inquiry into Childcare for Disabled Children in the UK highlights the need for cross departmental action plans and funding programmes to ensure disabled children have access to affordable, accessible and appropriate childcare.

I was saddened and frustrated when I read this report, having observed what I thought was a backwards step in this area over the last 4 and a half years, the report only served to confirm my […]

Where Does Your Innovation Strategy Begin?

Posted: 08/01/2014 5:18 pm EDT Updated: 08/01/2014 5:59 pm EDT
Article by Scott MacFarland

Can a business innovate if it’s not trying? Have you ever been in a company meeting where the word innovation is tossed around quite a bit? I have experienced this in my career with both small and large companies. I have also seen and heard the word innovation talked about in meetings from many different divisions within a company; Marketing, IT and product development to name […]

US Senate Passage of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act by an amazing 95-3 vote in favour. Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Jacqueline Winstanley BSc hons
CEO Universal Inclusion UK

This is a fantastic step forward for the US in developing Inclusive Economic Growth, particularly in terms of opportunities for Disabled people.

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Senate coauthors of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) today hailed the Senate passage of the bill, which seeks to update and improve the nation’s workforce development system, and together urged the U.S. House of Representatives to take up the bill and pass it […]

Disability, Employment, Workforce Retention & the Quest for Inclusive Economic Growth

I would like to introduce to Conference the specific aspect of Inclusive Economic Growth and in particular the implications for “Disabled People”.

Latest estimates tell us that of the 7,239,346,465 people living on the planet at least 1 billion are disabled. (enable fact sheet)

Interesting statistics, but what does that actually mean in terms Gender Economics and the Global Call to Action conference will deliver?

Looking at this in a Global perspective is complex, as measures for […]

Top 5 signs that you are a Game Changer !

We are often asked what is a Game Changer, this article on provides an interesting exercise in self evaluation.

Let us know how you get on?

I was sitting in my office listening to a presentation from one of our outside consultants about the fast pace of current technology. “Our world has gone from where big ate small, to where quick eat slow,” said the speaker quoting Rupert Murdoch. It reminded me how much companies […]

Top 10 Countries Closing Gender Gap

We can’t really have a Global Gender Economics conference and not have some pre conference debate on how countries are doing so far . The Global Gender Gap Index is perhaps a good place to start this debate .

This article by Heidi Worley in the PRB February 2014 considers the global gender gap report 2013.

Notably the report highlights whilst there has been progress in some areas  the gaps in economic participation and political empowerment are […]

Negotiating wages, being realistic or simply overstating your abilities

By Susanne Moore 14 September 2013

Have you ever considered that when women negotiate a (typically) lower salary than men, that instead of being less experienced and less aggressive as their male counterparts in terms of expectation and negotiation, they may be in fact be more realistic? More realistic about their own abilities, but also more realistic about the expectations of the job market and economic realities.

Research shows that men are more likely to overstate […]