Next challenge – herding the innovation cats

After listening to Steven Berlin Johnson and reading Stefan Lindegaard, I’m very excited about the prospects for driving and fostering true innovation here at the school.  There’s a wealth of talent (military and civilian) to tap into, but I want to move us past that superficial stage of “tossing out ideas”.

Johnson talks a lot about the “slow hunch”, and I think this is where the innovative culture needs some process and administration (for want of a better term).

So here’s what I think I need to know:

  1. What mechanisms can we use to capture ideas (24/7 if necessary)
  2. What level of detail should we require from those ideas?
  3. What protocol do we use to revisit the older ideas to see if the time is right for them?
  4. How do we manage that “idea” lifecycle?
  5. How can we keep promoting innovation when some functional/hierarchical barriers will remain?

I’m very curious to hear what people have to say.  I have a few simple tech-y ideas, but I don’t want to salt the waters just yet.

I have a meeting planned with my colleagues next week and “innovation” is the planned topic for discussion.

Over to you…


About Mark L. Sheppard

learning geek, lifelong learner, terminally curious, recovering blogger and Ed Tech explorer.

Posted on December 1, 2011, in blog, futures, ideas, Innovation, PLN, questions. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Hi,

    In response to your 1st question posed in your post, have you considered ‘purchasing’ a number or Evernote accounts and then sharing notebooks between the people in your team?

    This would allow people to capture ideas 24/7, even whilst they are offline due to Evernotes syncing facility.

    Maybe this will enable the 24/7 innovative ideas capturing and sharing you are looking for?


    • Craig: I think this idea in principle is an excellent one (While I love EN personally, I have some concerns that an externally hosted service would get through the IT Security hoops here). We could explore one anothers’ ideas even asynchronously and build on them or comment or whatever. This is definitely a good start.

      Now what kinds of protocols would make sense for reviewing or fleshing out ideas?

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