As we re-emerge from lockdown, more and more clients tell me that they need to make changes in their organisations, but they need help achieving their goals. They want to create new opportunities and try new ways of doing things, to stay relevant and in touch with the many changes that have taken place in our society, global communities and economies.

From civil servants to senior corporate leaders, they all say similar things: ‘we need new strategies, new ideas, new initiatives to adjust to the new normal’. The problem is they just don’t know where to start, and many are facing budget cuts, which means they need to do more with less.

This is where innovation comes in. Innovation can help to understand the risks and embrace the opportunities. Using innovative approaches can help people create new solutions to respond to a range of issues; from complex global challenges such as climate change and urban poverty, to more localized issues such as organisational development and governance.

Innovation provides a structured process to get to the root cause of the problem and creatively design new initiatives and services. In addition to this, using innovative techniques can help to design more effective solutions, at a much faster rate and a much lower cost.

As we begin to embrace the ‘new’, what we need are the right tools and methodologies to help restructure our organisations, communities and economies, to be stronger, more sustainable and inclusive.