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2017 was a great year for The Intrapreneur Alliance. Through the great feedback we received we know that you appreciated the diversified content we were able to create and share through The Intrapreneur Alliance Journal. We held several in-person events that attracted fantastic and knowledgeable speakers and brought together a wide range of incredible intrapreneurs. We successfully launched our Facebook community, intended to bring the community of intrapreneurs together online to discuss, share ideas and articles, and learn from others. We even debuted a documentary aimed at introducing the concept of intrapreneurs to the rest of the world.

2017 also demonstrated that the business world is changing and reinforced more than ever the need for intrapreneurs. Large brands that have been part of most of our lives for as long as we can remember (like Toys R Us or SEARS Canada) had to close their doors or file for bankruptcy. Many others tried to gobble up startups and young companies so that they could stay relevant in a changing market.

More than ever, companies need people who are going to help them evolve. They need people who are encouraged to think about how to make their companies better and people who are willing to take chances on new ideas and are doing things differently. That’s why we believe 2018 is truly going to be the year of the intrapreneur.

2018 needs to be the year that companies stop clinging to their old ways of business and understand that if they want to be around for many more years, or even until the end of this year, it’s time for them to innovate to make sure that they are staying relevant.

Some are already doing this. Just earlier this week, we saw Kodak, the one-time leader in all things photography and images until the market moved away from film to digital, reposition themselves to take advantage of new blockchain technology to help artists with their digital rights management. But not every company is making these kinds of big changes. Yet.

Our resolution for 2018 is to help companies understand why evolution and innovation are good for them. We also want to help empower people within those companies to come up with those innovations and make them happen. And to do this, we need your help.

We try to produce some great content aimed at intrapreneurs and companies that want and need to embrace their intrapreneurs this year. We have some stuff of our own planned, but we also want to hear from you, the intrapreneurs on the ground.

So, we’re making a call for content contributors to The Intrapreneur Alliance Journal. We want to hear your thoughts on innovation inside companies. We want to hear your intrapreneurial stories. We want to know what challenges you’ve faced and how you’ve conquered them. If you have something to say about being an intrapreneur, this is your chance to share it with the world.

We’ve put together a calendar of loose themes for the first half of the year to help get you thinking about some things you might want to talk about (however, we’d be very open to hearing any ideas that don’t necessarily fit neatly into one of these):

  • February’s theme: Changing Minds (How did you get your company to embrace an idea? How do you innovate in a heavily regulated industry?)
  • March’s theme: Taking Risks (How did your company find success in changing industries? How did you modernize the company that was working well as it was?)
  • April’s theme: Changing Consumers Means Changing Businesses (How is your organization embracing the mobile economy? What does it mean that everyone wants everything on demand now?)
  • May’s theme: Analytics and Metrics for Intrapreneurs (What metrics matter when it comes to innovation? How can you use data to decide how to pivot?)
  • June’s theme: Innovative Partnerships (How do you know it’s time to bring in outside help on a project? Does buying a startup make more sense than building something from scratch?)

If one of these themes speaks to you as an intrapreneur or as part of an intrapreneurial company, we’d love to give you a chance to share you thoughts and ideas here in The Journal. Or if you have another idea for something you’d like to write about, we want to hear from you too. Just click here to email our editor.

We can’t wait to hear what you all have to share!

If you can’t think of a topic you’d like to write about right now, don’t worry, we’ll keep the content calendar and a way to contact us easily accessible for you in the pinned Community Information section of our Facebook Community (which you should join as well if you haven’t yet).

With your help, we hope to make The Intrapreneur Alliance the go-to resource online for all things intrapreneurial and make 2018 The Year of the Intrapreneur!