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Eduspiring B2B video podcast about everything innovation. A virtual stage for real-life stories about innovation, foresight, strategy and growth. Success or failure, opportunities or challenges, growth or survival - in this podcast, you'll learn about the journey of the most innovative companies around the globe. Tune in!

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Eduspiring B2B video podcast about everything innovation. A virtual stage for real-life stories about innovation, foresight, strategy and growth. Success or failure, opportunities or challenges, growth or survival - in this podcast, you'll learn about the journey of the most innovative companies around the globe. Tune in!

    #37 - Sami Mäkeläinen | Telstra | Debunking Conspiracy Theories Using Strategic Foresight

    #37 - Sami Mäkeläinen | Telstra | Debunking Conspiracy Theories Using Strategic Foresight

    "In my work, I prefer to focus on asking better questions rather than providing straight answers."

    This episode takes us down under, where we welcome Finnish-born Sami Mäkeläinen. In his role as Head of Strategic Foresight at Telstra, Australia's largest telecommunications company, Sami tries to ensure - as he says himself - that the company is not caught by surprise by the future.

    Next to a brief look at the structure and organization of strategic foresight at Telstra, we take up the issue of the 5g conspiracy theory that Telstra faced at the time of the introduction of this new technology and learn how Sami's work fed into developing strategies to counter this world of misinformation and disinformation. Curious to learn more? Then tune in!

    The episode at a glance:

    - Sami’s 60-second introduction sprint (00:01:53)
    - 3 sentence starters (00:02:40)
    - The 5G conspiracy theory and how Telstra dealt with it (00:04:59)
    - The “Either - Or” Game (00:09:34)
    - Diving into Strategic Foresight at Telstra (00:11:47)
    - Which Foresight model does Telstra use? (00:13:19)
    - Sami tries to outline a typical workday as Head of Strategic Foresight at Telstra (00:14:50)
    - About obtaining and organizing information (00:16:20)
    - How is Strategic Foresight positioned at Telstra, and what marketing efforts are there to push it? (00:17:40)
    - Can the success of Strategic Foresight at Telstra be measured? (00:22:10)
    - Sami’s three key takeaways for our listeners (00:23:50)
    - A look into the future: Automatization as a game-changer for various industries (00:26:17)
    - Sami’s Innovation Rockstar Moment (00:29:17)

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    • 31 min
    #36 - Bob Petrie | Citi Ventures | Grinding Corporate Innovation At Citi

    #36 - Bob Petrie | Citi Ventures | Grinding Corporate Innovation At Citi

    "We are always on the lookout for people that can think like a startup and have experience building companies and products from scratch. So it's a good kind of middle ground of both new and existing."

    In this episode, we are joined by the seasoned entrepreneur and innovator Bob Petrie - Director of Innovation at Citi Ventures. With more than 20 years experience in building new products, launching new businesses, and transforming companies, he is now responsible for running the innovation program at and incubating new businesses within Citi Ventures.

    In his role as Director of Innovation, Bob gives us an an inside look at Citi’s innovation ecosystem, introduces us to Citi Ventures, and elaborates on the symbiotic interplay of the ventures investing and the incubation arm.

    If you want to learn more about how governance affects the pace of innovation, which successful project is hidden behind the alias "Proxymity" or what - according to Bob - significantly differentiates innovation in a startup from innovation at a large company, you've come to the right place!


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    • 40 min
    #35 - Ricardo Brito | Doodle | People First: Innovating The Individual

    #35 - Ricardo Brito | Doodle | People First: Innovating The Individual

    "You can't innovate a product if you don't innovate the people behind."

    In this episode, we are pleased to welcome Ricardo Brito, Innovation Lead at Doodle. Originally, the Portuguese native wanted to be a horror film director, but as what often happens, things turned out differently. Today, as Innovation Lead at Doodle, Ricardo's innovation focus does not only rely on Doodle's products and services, but also on the people working and innovating in the industry.


    In this casual exchange, it's all about attitudes, culture, and people. We learn why Ricardo sees "fear" as one of the biggest barriers to innovation, but also why successful innovation starts with people. Plus, Ricardo gives us valuable advice on how to stay in a continuous state of innovation. Curious to hear more? Then tune in!!

    • 40 min
    #34 - Dr. Sebastian Kaiser | ERGO | Opportunities For AI In The Insurance Industry

    #34 - Dr. Sebastian Kaiser | ERGO | Opportunities For AI In The Insurance Industry

    "AI is an exciting thing, but it has to be used at the right time and moment. I've seen people produce true magic with AI, but it boils down to that AI should be considered an enabler to something bigger."

    In this episode, we welcome Dr. Sebastian Kaiser, Head of Machine Learning at ERGO - one of the largest insurance groups in Europe. His passion: Data and statistics. His mission: To relieve employees of repetitive tasks by using AI to enable a more customer-focused way of working and thus increase company growth.

    By means of some concrete use cases, Sebastian explains to us how and where AI and Machine Learning are already being used at ERGO. We also learn about the bright minds that make up Sebastian's team, the 'Advanced Analytics Unit' and the central role behind the 'AI Engagement Manager'.

    If you want to dive deeper into the use of AI in the insurance industry, but also if you want to know why Sebastian perceives AI and Machine Learning rather as a kind of 'enabler for innovation' and where he thinks the market for AI is headed by 2030, this conversation might be worth listening!


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    • 41 min
    #33 - M. Gansle, McDonald's & Dr. R. Hofmann, Audi Business Innovation GmbH | A Foresight Academy

    #33 - M. Gansle, McDonald's & Dr. R. Hofmann, Audi Business Innovation GmbH | A Foresight Academy

    "The genius of this platform is that when it comes to foresight, foresight and insights are universal, but what we choose to do with that information is going to look different whether I'm SAP, Audi or McDonald's."

    In this episode we welcome two exciting guests: Michelle Gansle, Vice President Global Strategic Insights at McDonald's and Dr. Rupert Hofmann, initiator of the Foresight Academy at Audi Business Innovation GmbH.

    This lively conversation is kicked off by Michelle, who gives us a glimpse into McDonald's "Accelerating the Arches" program - outlining the three central growth pillars, while Rupert introduces us to the Foresight Academy. This collaborative, cross-industry platform brings together executives from well-known brands - including McDonald's - with the goal to gain insights on the core question: "How do we want to live in 10 years?"

    If you'd like to learn more about how exactly this collaboration is organized, what tools are used, but also what Rupert and Michelle think will be the most important changes and drivers in the next 10 years, don't miss this episode

    Related links:
    www.foresightacademy.com


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    • 40 min
    #32 - Dr. Gabriele Rizzo | University of Lausanne | The Principle Of Positive Futures

    #32 - Dr. Gabriele Rizzo | University of Lausanne | The Principle Of Positive Futures

    Our today's guest has a very impressive list of references:

    - He is a futurist and an executive advisor.
    - He has a Ph.D. in String Theory and Astrophysics and has grown into a Defense expert in foresight, up to being the NATO’s Member at Large for Strategic Foresight and Futures Studies.
    - He founded the Swiss Center for Positive Futures at the University of Lausanne, and serves as its Director of Research; plus, he is the 2022 UNESCO Chair candidate for Positive Futures, Futures Literacy, and Anticipation.
    - He is the Futures Advisor to the Chief Scientist of the U.S. Air Force and the Futures Advisor to the Chief Scientist of the U.S. Space Force, and leads futures thinking in the General Office for Defense Innovation in the Italian Ministry of Defense, reporting to the Vice Chief of Defense.
    - And last, but not least, he previously has been the ministerial advisor for Futures to the Italian Minister of Defense.


    In this episode, we welcome Dr. Gabriele Rizzo in his role as Director of Research of the Swiss Center for Positive Futures at the University of Lausanne. Since the age of 8, Gabriele was fascinated by how nature works and what it hides. At the time, however, no one knew that these early inspirations would one day be the key to Gabriele becoming a futurist.

    In this sometimes almost philosophical exchange, Gabriele introduces us to the Swiss Center for Positive Futures and explains what exactly lies behind the idea of “Positive Futures” and what role the theme of "hope" plays as a driving force in this thought model. We also take a look at Gabriele’s latest book, HR Futures 2030, a futurist guide to the challenges and changes in the world of work backed up by evidence-based trends and signals, offering pragmatic upskilling pathways.

    If you want to learn more about the principle of “Positive Futures” and how to turn the dark into inspiration or how to maintain the importance of humans in a future that will be even more machine-driven, this is your episode.

    • 42 min

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