1 February 2012, 17:03
As you may know, innovation is a real buzz-word in the humanitarian/development world. I have used ALNAP's excellent resource on innovation in international humanitarian work and its key models (innovation, triple loop learning) as a starting point for conversations about innovation in organisations.
I am now looking for more strategic approaches to change the culture of organisations to actively foster a culture of innovation and to create a culture of "honorable risk." (Part of the recommendations in Chapter 3).
Creating a culture of "honorable risk" requires a paradigm shift from reaction to pro-action, as well as a understanding of how much risk an organisation can allow within minimum standards while experimentig and without harming those who depend on it.
I would love to dialogue with colleagues on how pedagogically one can approach this with senior managers of an organisation. Some questions that come to mind are:
What has been the best approach? For example, solo vs. group brainstorming, active design thinking, simulations, competitions, etc.
What has not worked and why?
What tools do you use/recommend to help an organisation examine its innovation identity (i.e. how comfortable it is with change, etc)?
How does culture (national, international) impact this discussion?
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