Innovators challenged for International Ideas Week

Are you hassled at home, stressed at studies or whacked out at work?

What one idea would make your day better?  Which one simple change could put a smile on your face and take some stress out of your day?

This year’s International Ideas Week (commencing May 14), is inviting people across the country to nominate one idea that would make their day easier. Continue reading


Top Ten 11th May 2012

Normally on a Friday, I give you a list of top ten websites I have been looking at over the week. As International Ideas Week starts on Monday. I thought I would give you top tips on how to engage employees and generate ideas.

  1. Do not place boundaries on creative thinking; sometimes it is good to let people have free reign on innovation. The point to remember about ideas, is that everything in this world has been someone’s thought and idea. The example I use of this is: Milk. I mean who first had the absurd idea to drink cows milk? Yet today it is in everyone’s daily life.
  2. Don’t be afraid to steal something and make it better, Continue reading

Brainstorming Infographic for Ideas Week 2012

We received a fantastic tweet today (@ideasworldwide) from @cashzilla to help celebrate International Ideas Week 2012 which is happening next week.

Cashzilla have created an amazing infographic on brainstorming techniques , including information on Osborn’s Method, Brainstorming in Business,  the Left Brain vs the Right Brain and Brainstorming Techniques.

Here’s the infographic: Brainstorming

Cashzilla is a blog run by a group of people working for a digital marketing agency. They’re not trying to sell anything but they end up blogging about clients or companies with connections to our clients. As it seems they have done in our case and we’re very happy they have done so.

Here’s what Cashzilla say about International Ideas Week and why they’re getting involved with it:

“But, why celebrate an International Ideas week? The main purpose is promoting suggestion schemes and innovation in businesses. The people behind this project want to encourage employees to submit new ideas and employers to start new schemes or to transform old ones.

They believe that many employers do not operate reward and recognition programmes and sometimes they don’t do it due to lack of support. One of the main objectives of the project is highlighting the benefits of a well-organised ideas scheme and to encourage employers to integrate employee participation as part of their business and management strategies.

We’ve created this brainstorming infographic that may give you a better understanding of the whole ideas generation process.

How are you going to take part in the celebrations of the International Ideas Week?”

As for their last question, don’t forget we’re still looking for your idea that would make your day better. If you have an idea, be it feasible or not, then share it with us and you could be in with the chance of winning an iPad 2, courtesy of International Ideas Week 2012 sponsors, Improlity Ltd.

Win an iPad 2 – What’s the big idea?

Join us in the challenge to find the one idea that would make your day better!

  • Are you hassled at home, stressed at studies or whacked out at work?
  • Do you dream of breakfast in bed, a relaxing massage or just to be able to make one little change?

This year to celebrate International Ideas Week, we are looking for the one idea that would make your day easier.

Your idea does not have to be practical or be able to be implemented, we want you to have fun and come up with ideas!

Ideas Week PosterWe will then take a selection of ideas and publish them on this site over the next few weeks.

To be in with a chance of winning an iPad just submit an idea before the 31st May and follow us @IdeasWeek2012 and tell all your followers. We will then pick one person at random to receive an iPad 2, simple as that!

Why an International Ideas Week

Having an International Ideas Week™ can help promote suggestion schemes and innovation. It gives us a wonderful opportunity to advertise our own schemes and to encourage employees to submit new ideas and is a great way to engage people in your business.

It can be used to encourage employers to start new schemes or to rejuvenate old ones.

It can be used to encourage new members to ideasUK thereby adding to the wealth of experience and benchmarking opportunities available to all members.

So, to be in with a chance of winning a brand new i-pad, just go to the International Ideas Week page and tell us the one thing that would make your day better you can also follow us on twitter @ideasweek2012 for updates of the events we are running during the week.

So, why not pass this on to everyone you know and lets have some fun with ideas and lets show people how creative we are!



Announcing the International Ideas Week 2012 official sponsor

We are very proud to say that Improlity Ltd have kindly agreed to sponsor International Ideas Week 2012.

Improlity Ltd is the leading software supplier of ideas management, project portfolio management and quality management software worldwide.

We have been working with Improlity Ltd to provide organisations with even more ways to improve their staff suggestion schemes.

So join us and Improlity at International Ideas Week 14 – 18 May 2012

Cardiff 10th May – Engagement and how important it is to business? – Hosted by the Wales Audit Office.

Cardiff – http://ideasweekcardiff.eventbrite.co.uk/

London 15th May – Ideas and Innovation – Unleashing the creativity of employees! – Hosted by the Ministry of Defence.

London – http://ideasweeklondon.eventbrite.co.uk/

Both these events are FREE, but places are limited, to book your place at either of these events please register at the links above:

The Twitter account is @ideasweek2012 and the hashtag for the event will be #iiw2012

So what one idea would make your week better?

International Ideas Week 2012

Good morning, everyone and I hope you are having a good Monday?

In today’s post I just want to remind everyone that International Ideas Week is fast approaching and to find out what you are doing to promote innovation and employee engagement during the week?

I did a post a few weeks back about Ideas Week and it is available Continue reading

International Ideas Week 2012

What are YOU doing to promote Innovation and Creativity
within your organisation?

Join us during International Ideas Week between 14 – 18 May 2012 which will be themed around Ideas, Innovation and Engagement.

Free events will be held in London and Cardiff.

Running between 9am and 12.30pm there will be advice and practical examples from organisations that are making employee innovation an important part of their business. They not only deliver major cost savings to the business but also a highly motivated workforce that is fit to face the future.

ideasUK launched National Ideas Day on 14th March 2001. The original day (14 March) having been chosen as a special day to focus on creativity and innovation in the workplace on the anniversary of Einstein’s birth.

Due to the success of celebrating this special day our members asked that the celebrations be extended to a week in May. So each year ideasUK International Ideas Week™ is celebrated.

This allows our members to hold special events Continue reading

IdeasUK Update May 2011

Annual Survey

The Annual Survey 2011 entry date has been extended!!

Once again this year we will be carrying out the survey in conjunction with our sister organisations within the USA, UAE and Germany. This is the ideal opportunity for you to benchmark your scheme with organisations worldwide. Every organisation who completes the survey by the 20th May 2011 will get a free in-depth report highlighting the results. Continue reading

International Ideas Week 2011

We have three, free, UK based events to celebrate our annual exciting and innovative approach to workplace challenges. The themes this year will be based around Ideas, Innovation and the Current Economic Crisis.

We propose, with practical examples, to explain the benefits of innovation and ideas programmes to both an organisation and its employees. We know that employee innovation plays an important part of a business, which not only delivers major cost savings but also highly motivates the workforce so that it is fit to face the future.

Should you wish to attend any of these events please complete the booking form here. Continue reading

Update 10th April 2010

Annual Survey 2010

Don’t forget that the closing date is approaching for entry into the annual survey 2010, to access the survey, please visit here and you will be taken directly to the inputs page. If you need more information first, there is loads more details on our website.

Don’t worry of you cannot complete all the information, or have only just started your scheme, this is an ideal opportunity for you to benchmark your scheme against other programmes worldwide. You will have to register to complete the survey, but don’t worry it only takes 2 minutes.

Idea of the Year Award 2010 Continue reading