An Interview with …

June 2022: The Exeter Chamber recognises the importance of STEMM and of related businesses in the Exeter area through Exist (Exeter Initiative for Science and Technology). The Exist Insights magazine spotlights key players in the area and this month it’s Sawsan Khuri. 

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Take your shoes off and slide into innovation interventions for lasting change

Collaborative Capacities

Jan 2022., Sawsan Khuri. ‘Take Your Shoes Off First’ is a term used by Julia Freeland in the book and podcast of the same name. The powerful idea is to identify our own beliefs and put them aside before trying to understand another person’s perspective. In her fifth podcast, Julia discusses this concept with Sawsan Khuri and how we use it in our innovation interventions.  

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Innovation for an improved business model

With business norms rapidly changing, many businesses need to reassess their strategy and build resilience into their business model. Innovation makes the difference between revamping and reenergizing, and provides an opportunity to engage your team in evolving your business.

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Online Innovation Strategy Workshop

This SME had reached a point where they needed to spend time on rather than in their business. The covid19 pandemic has accelerated the need for change, but many SMEs are not sure where to start. Working with the core team, we took an analytical look at the data they were collecting through their business process, both intentionally and inadvertently, and how they might work with this data to improve their business growth.

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The Future of Work

Over 50 people from business, government, NGOs and academics collaborated on what the future of work might look like and what skills might this future workforce need. A follow-up series of online workshops took place more recently, with hugely insightful results especially around upskilling, reskilling and the impact of digital technologies on the future of required professional skills.

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