10 visual stories for your innovation toolbox

If you have an upcoming review to pitch a perfect story and raise awareness or fundings for your project, visual creativity certainly gets involved, as a proof you are able to pinpoint processes and concepts with impacting yet sensible symbols and codes. Although not everyone needs to be a graphic designer, gaining inspiration from other innovation professionals can help find the right graph, color and techniques to highlight essential points of your project. This new Daily Pick gathers visuals shared within innovation experts communities for your own creativity and inspiration.

Maps, graphs, info graphics are standard tools shared on social media. Beyond the information circulated with such formats, they highlight the importance of visual creativity and intelligence as a skill for innovation. Outlining complex as well as straightforward trends and processes in a single picture, they summarize key points to bear in mind for specific technologies and their business mechanics, such as Deep Learning or the Internet of Everything. They do not tell everything, though (and by the way, what format does?). The following visuals are mainly here to inspire further creativity, diving into creation processes, and exploring emotional intelligence as an asset for leadership.

#1 Mapping innovation

“Innovation is measured using a set of criteria including the number of new products invented, the percentage of high-tech jobs, and the number of graduates available to tech industry employers.”

Read more:This map tells you everything you needs to know about innovation in Europe“, Simon Torkington, WEF

Europe has also initiated a number of initiatives to explore digital opportunities. You can find out more here.

#2 Developing visual intelligence

In fact, spatial intelligence–our ability to visualize the world around us–is one of the nine intelligence types each one of us possesses to some degree.

Read more:33 Creative Ways to Visualize ideas“, Larry Kim, INC

WAI has analysed in this matrix the relationship between Global Challengers strategies, Innovation Styles and Complexity to understand what are the innovation key success factors of BCG Global Challengers.

#3 Understanding Deep Learning

Your objective in the next 30 years of humankind is to figure out if you are going to be living in Elysium or in some unnamed decaying backwater.

Read more: “11 arguments experts get wrong about deep learning”, Carlos E. Perez, Medium

You can also consolidate data in one picture to tell stories through numbers, as we did to assess our readiness to disruption for the digital workplace.

#4 Adapting mindsets

One of the idea explored by experts is the ability to “Bring Your Own Personality” as a way to lead and manage with authenticity.

#5 Making sense of the Internet of Everything

” Notably, making sense of this paramount information, through advanced analytics that sift through data, is probably the biggest challenge for the Internet of Everything, and many new technologies are addressing this space.”

Read more:Internet of Everything: Technologies & Minds“, Fabio Moioli, LinkedIn

When starting this blog, we drove a three dimensional assessment of IoT innovation impact. As it was led a couple of years ago, this allows you to compare and contrast results and changes. You can find results of this analysis here.

#6 Inspiring open creativity

La NYPL s’engage à son tour dans le mouvement de l’open content et de la diffusion large des ressources numérisées, très en vogue dans les bibliothèques et les musées du monde entier, avec des millions de livres et d’images mises en ligne au cours des dernières années”

Lire plus:La bibliothèque publique de New York met en ligne 180 000 images libres de droit et incite à leur réutilisation créative“, Club Innovation et Culture France

Being creative is an essential human capability innovation seeks to develop around human-centricity. Open creativity holds the potential to inspire wider change maker communities and reach systemic impact.

#7 Managing Pivotal and Work Habits

High performance employers recognize the link between employee Pivotal and Work Habits and performance at work. They design their workplaces (the physical space, business processes, social networks and how they tell stories about their business to employees) in such a way that it becomes easy and natural for employees to practice these important habits. 

Read more:Employee habits are your company’s destiny“, Andrew Sykes, Engage


Building diversity profiles and difference virtuous circles can help you identify and manage employees habits for innovation.

#8 Visualizing the creativity process

Managing creativity is an essential part of developing intelligent innovation. Experts outline core reasons why innovation necessitates constant creative rethinking.

#9 Visualizing project management

Leadership and management are drastically impacted by the virtualization of work. To find out how innovation leaders adapt their influencing skills, you can read the following article.

#10 Developing emotional intelligence

Personal stories come back at the heart of decision-making and innovation developments. Find out how storytelling shapes the way we speak innovation.

weareinnovation.org writes the innovation story that thousands of innovation experts around the world constantly develop and share on WAI social networks. Browse our knowledge library and read our management reports to learn more.

Photograph: Nirina Photography

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