Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Working Collaboratively, 24/7 – QUBE Explainer Video

Are you interested in transforming your organisation? We’ve created a way for you to share with your colleagues at work a common approach by creating a brand-new QUBE explainer video, created by a cutting-edge UK animator and the Pentacle team (who provided the voiceover, script and one of the really bad jokes).

In a few minutes, you’ll be able to explain to your colleagues how they can use New World thinking to directly improve their jobs and your organisation.

We are planning to make a second explainer video covering the actual learning experience and the technology, so tell us if this would be useful, and we’d love to hear your feedback on this video in the comments below. In particular, is it clear that QUBE offers an opportunity for business transformation through learning? Does it fire up your imagination to think what else QUBE could enable?

If you’d like to learn more about QUBE, get an entry pass for a cross-company event, or book a private demonstration for you and your colleagues, visit

Friday, 15 February 2013

Eddie Takes on Business Dogma at the London School of Economics

On Saturday the 16th of February, Prof Eddie Obeng will be speaking at the London School of Economics as part of their “Where is Economics Heading? New Schools of Thought” conference.
Eddie’s talk will be titled “How an Interconnected World Rewrote the Orthodoxy of Business”. In it, he will challenge the standard academic thinking about economics by explaining the World After Midnight, and how actions that would have been sane and rational 15 years ago can now be pointless, and even damaging, in today’s financial climate.

If you’d like to learn more about the World After Midnight, visit For learning that prepares you to thrive and survive in this turbulent environment, visit

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Linked to a Connected World

There are 7 billion people in the world. Apparently, 1 in 30 of those people are connected to each other on LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network.

Now LinkedIn has contacted Pentacle to tell us that one of the key nodes in this network, one of the most popular people on the whole website, is none other than our very own director of learning, Prof Eddie Obeng. Eddie is in the top 1% of most viewed profiles in 2012 (although he missed out on having the most viewed profile to a Barack Something-or-Other in the US).

When asked to comment, Eddie said “Since I’m now a member of a club that would have me, we might as well throw a party in the New World CafĂ© on QUBE and invite the world.”

(If you don’t know how QUBE works, watch the short explainer video at

If you’d like to connect with Eddie on LinkedIn, you can find his profile here.

Monday, 4 February 2013

Classic, but not Old World – Eddie Obeng at Innovate ‘11

Everyone is looking for innovation, whether they are in the public, private or third sector. New ideas that will make everything faster, better and cheaper. The only problem is, innovating isn’t easy. Luckily though, organisations dedicated to imaginative solutions can meet like-minded businesspeople, government officials and academics at Innovate UK, an exhibition organised by the Technology Strategy Board and UK Trade & Investment.

To get people in the mood for Innovate UK 2013, @innovateuk tweeted a link to the opening keynote from Innovate ‘11, given by Prof Eddie Obeng.

Titled “Innovate or Die”, Eddie pointed out that while everyone says in public that they’re in favour of innovation, only one idea in 300,000 is actually successful and makes that company money. Part of the reason for this is that innovation has traditionally been thought of as a “funnel” – coming up with lots of ideas and then whittling them down to a single great idea. Instead, Eddie proposed using the RABBIT model – giving more support to a smaller number of ideas, so that they’re “healthy” enough to make it all the way. The audience were kept on their toes by the way Eddie kept asking them to discuss the concepts among themselves and challenge each other’s opinions.

If you’d like to see Eddie’s speech for yourself, you can watch it below.