The Frugal Innovator

Creating Change on a Shoestring Budget

Authors: Leadbeater, C.

  • Exciting, current topic as the world economy is still in difficulty there is a need for low-cost innovation strategies particularly in emerging markets
  • Covering the what, where and how of frugal innovation, it also combines case studies and practical models to guide how organizations can nurture low-cost innovation principles of their own
  • Experienced author and speaker with expert knowledge of innovation and a compelling writing style who makes the topic enjoyable as much as it is useful
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About this book

This insightful book looks at the phenomenon of low-cost innovation and explores what we can learn from the innovators in developing nations who are making amazing technical and social advances with scarce capital and resources. Charles Leadbeater shows how these methods can be applied and used wherever you are and whatever your capital.

Reviews

'The essence of the book is excellent Leadbeater describes the kind of answers we need and shows how society could work in a constrained and crowded future' - Management Today

'Leadbeater...has carved out a reputation as an innovation guru...Reuse and recycling are core principles at the heart of his interesting new book" - Financial Times

'Charles Leadbeater is an acute free thinker. He sees trends and solutions where others see chaos and uncertainty. The Frugal Innovator is a challenge to us as well as a guide to the future.'

-David Miliband, President and Chief Executive Office, International Rescue Committee and former UK Foreign Secretary

'With a deep understanding of emerging forces, The Frugal Innovator provides excellent insights for those who want to win long-term, with a purpose driven business in an increasingly resource scarce environment.'

-Paul Ploman, CEO, Unilever

'Frugal Innovation is a vital contribution to our understanding of the decades ahead. The analysis is compelling; the solutions to the challenges of the 21st century, which sometimes seem overwhelming, are less likely to be found in western laboratories and more likely to be found in the rough-and-tumble suburbs of Lagos, Karachi or São Paulo. Charles Leadbeater has found a wonderful cast of characters innovating in places such as this and turned them into a story of hope for us all.'

-Sir Michael Barber, Chief Education Adviser, Pearson

'If you feel that the word 'innovation' is now so overused it has become boring, this book is a great antidote.'

-Bruno Giussani, European Director, TED

'Charles Leadbeater is an inspiring and engaging story teller. His enthusiasm for innovations of all hues reflects in his narration that weaves easy to see patterns. He has seen the world of frugal innovation closely, and world over. He does not defend frugal innovation, he promotes it. Following his journeys over more than a decade can leave the reader breathless, wide-eyed and undoubtedly inspired.'

-Madhav Chavan, Founder and Chief Executive, Pratham

'Much about our modern economy is profligate and wasteful, and that includes how we do innovation, whether in the form of vast R and D labs or the almost instant obsolescence of digital consumer products. Charles Leadbeater once again brings together eloquence and a multitude of fascinating global examples to show us a better way, far more suited to an era of austerity and ecological constraint.'

-Geoff Mulgan, Chief Executive, Nesta; Author of The Locust and the Bees

'This book is a celebration of ingenuity and creative magic; bringing to our attention great ideas that have bubbled to the surface from the most unlikely places. It celebrates a climate change of ideas and possibilities; promoting novel solutions to people's most pressing problems. The book is a joy; it is also an admonition. We are left grateful, knowing what is possible; and cautious, knowing how close to the edge we are all unknowingly living.'

-Mitch Besser, Founder, Mothers-2-Mothers


Table of contents (12 chapters)

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eBook $19.99
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Hardcover $29.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-33536-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Frugal Innovator
Book Subtitle
Creating Change on a Shoestring Budget
Authors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-33537-1
DOI
10.1057/9781137335371
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-33536-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 203
Topics