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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

Womens 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 innovative?

Photo by kelsmith1992

Creative Inventions

Lightning Rounds - 60 seconds

Create an invention using your card and someone elses

2. Write it down on back of card

3. Find another person and repeat

4. Find another person and repeat

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

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

More stuff on the table!

Photo by Lucy Lou

  • 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

Cornelis Drebbel and 20,000 (1624)

  • Societal readiness

  • Patterns of behavior

  • Political climate

  • Building the message

Operate just beyond the possible.

Source: Paul C. Light Sustaining Innovation

Photo by Bee Skutch

Barriers to innovation

  • Organizational age

  • Individual & group skills lacking

  • Desire for perfection

  • Risk aversion

  • Natural tensions & dichotomies

Photo by remuz

Sometimes you have to bust something up to achieve a breakthrough!

Photo by moqub

Prototyping: a new skill


  • 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 dont just communicate, they persuade.Tom Kelley, IDEO

Whats in a name? the GGNRAs transformation by prototype

From Golden Gate National Recreation AreatoGolden Gate National Parks

Design by Michael Schwab

Use the unexpected to your advantage

Photo by yepperdoodle

Photo by fixpert!

Johnny Lee Chung:a case of unintended consequences

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)

Innovation Incubators

Photo by Loensis

Innovation incubators

  • Places - physical & virtual

  • Skills - play, ideating, prototyping

  • Practices - processes and tools

  • Technologies - emerging tools for delivering and testing services

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

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

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

Thank you!

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