LIKE! supported the development of local ‘innovation cultures’ in cities across Europe. Our content strategy pulled together the findings and lessons learned from our international collaborations and 9 key pilots into a series of 4 accessible, thematic magazines.
Amazon is increasingly plagued by fake reviews and scams – this article in The Economist shows how sellers game Amazon.
Charity stores are an important part of UK High Streets – but a combination of collapsing footfall, higher costs, and the shift to online shopping all threaten the sector.
It seems that we’re watching the death throes of the House of Fraser – or at least of the House of Fraser brand. How much of this is a sign of the broader changes in retailing, and how much is the story of a poorly managed brand?
Marks and Spencers have announced seven thousand job losses. What does this mean for M&S and retailing more generally?
Coronavirus And The City – Landlords Vs. Retailers: Apple UK Asks Landlords For Substantial Rent Cuts
Apple UK has allegedly asked UK landlords for substantial rent cuts. In an environment where the value of retail space is a fraction of what it was 6 months ago, should we be surprised?
The main thing stopping a significant shift towards urban cycling isn’t a lack of desire -it’s a lack of bicycles.
Now that retailing in the UK is starting to open up, we can break retailers into three groups – two you should support and one you should avoid.
We are starting to see some v. small changes in how transportation is changing in Covid-19 Scotland thanks to Spaces for People. What we don’t know (yet) is how much of the funding is going to benefit pedestrians/walkers.
See a video intro to the set of magazines I wrote earlier this year that capture everything that the LIKE! project has learned about accelerating innovation and building capacity by developing ‘innovation cultures’.
I developed the ‘LIKE Cycle’ as an iterative model for capacity development and innovation that builds upon everything we’ve learned delivering the LIKE! project. The LIKE Cycle is a both a pathway for individual and organisational skills development, and a roadmap for service innovation and development.
There’s a real expectation that cities and municipalities will be innovative – almost by default. Innovation requires skilled staff and a flexible organisation, so Like! explored ways to develop organisations to embed innovation in how they work and in how they design and improve services.