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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


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


Who is different.”innovative?

Photo by kelsmith1992


Creative Inventions different.”

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


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


The different.”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


More stuff on the table! different.”

Photo by Lucy Lou



Cornelis Drebbel and £20,000 (1624) what we want to do

  • Societal readiness

  • Patterns of behavior

  • Political climate

  • Building the message


Operate “just beyond the possible.” what we want to do

Source: Paul C. Light “Sustaining Innovation”

Photo by Bee Skutch


Barriers to innovation what we want to do

  • Organizational age

  • Individual & group skills lacking

  • Desire for perfection

  • Risk aversion

  • Natural tensions & dichotomies

Photo by remuz




Prototyping breakthrough!

  • Observation of people & situations

  • Trials and tests

  • Three dimensional aspect

  • Inventive

  • Feedback loops


“Quick prototyping is about acting before you have got the answers…

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


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

From Golden Gate National Recreation AreatoGolden Gate National Parks

Design by Michael Schwab


Use the unexpected to your advantage prototype

Photo by yepperdoodle


Photo by fixpert! prototype

Johnny Lee Chung:a case of unintended consequences

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


Think of prototypean 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)


Innovation Incubators prototype

Photo by Loensis


Innovation incubators prototype

  • Places - physical & virtual

  • Skills - play, ideating, prototyping

  • Practices - processes and tools

  • Technologies - emerging tools for delivering and testing services


Planning an Innovation Incubator prototype

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


Some Final Thoughts prototype

  • 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


“The most successful people are those who are willing to give up their most successful strategies….”Richard Foster


Thank you! give up their most successful strategies….”

Keep in [email protected]


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