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Sparking and Leading Innovation. Women’s Leadership Institute December 5-8, 2010. Kathryn J. Deiss ACRL Content Strategist [email protected] Photo by Tom Oliver. “Different is not always better but better is always different.” Rick Luce Emory University. Who is innovative?.

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Sparking and Leading Innovation

Women’s Leadership InstituteDecember 5-8, 2010

Kathryn J. DeissACRL Content [email protected]

Photo by Tom Oliver

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“Different is not always better but better is always different.”Rick LuceEmory University

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Who is innovative?

Photo by kelsmith1992

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Creative Inventions

Lightning Rounds - 60 seconds

Create an invention using your card and someone else’s

2. Write it down on back of card

3. Find another person and repeat

4. Find another person and repeat

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“Innovation is the embodiment, combination, and/or synthesis of knowledge in novel, relevant, valued new products, processes, or services.”Dorothy Leonard and Walter Swap

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The Adjacent Possible :a concept describing the power of combinatory connections/collisions

Coined by scientist Stuart Kaufmann and cited in Where Good Ideas Come From by Steven Johnson

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More stuff on the table!

Photo by Lucy Lou

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Innovations are those things that change the way we can do what we want to do

  • Innovation is disruptive
  • Innovation is both revolutionary and evolutionary
  • Society decides what is innovative
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Cornelis Drebbel and £20,000 (1624)

  • Societal readiness
  • Patterns of behavior
  • Political climate
  • Building the message
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Operate “just beyond the possible.”

Source: Paul C. Light “Sustaining Innovation”

Photo by Bee Skutch

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Barriers to innovation

  • Organizational age
  • Individual & group skills lacking
  • Desire for perfection
  • Risk aversion
  • Natural tensions & dichotomies

Photo by remuz

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Prototyping

  • Observation of people & situations
  • Trials and tests
  • Three dimensional aspect
  • Inventive
  • Feedback loops
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“Quick prototyping is about acting before you have got the answers…

Good prototypes don’t just communicate, they persuade.”Tom Kelley, IDEO

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What’s in a name? the GGNRA’s transformation by prototype

From Golden Gate National Recreation AreatoGolden Gate National Parks

Design by Michael Schwab

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Photo by fixpert!

Johnny Lee Chung:a case of unintended consequences

http://johnnylee.net/projects/wii/

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Think of an innovation in your department or institution. How could you create a prototype of some kind (physical, process, etc.) for this innovation?

As a group share projects and do a quick idea sort on one of these situations(10 mins)

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Innovation Incubators

Photo by Loensis

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Innovation incubators

  • Places - physical & virtual
  • Skills - play, ideating, prototyping
  • Practices - processes and tools
  • Technologies - emerging tools for delivering and testing services
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Planning an Innovation Incubator

Use the planning handout to think through setting up an innovation incubator - let your imagination play!

Discuss your planning thoughts with two other people in the room

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Some Final Thoughts

  • We need to seek intersections
  • We need to engage in trial and error and prototyping
  • We need to adopt multiple perspectives
  • We need to face into the outside world
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“The most successful people are those who are willing to give up their most successful strategies….”Richard Foster

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