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Piret Tõnurist & Systems Change: how to get started and keep going? Nov 29, 2019 highlights & systems & innovation & changemaking

This is a great talk from Piret Tönurist of the Observatory on Public Sector Innovation.

One of the core issues of the talk is innovation doubt—the if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mentality. To paraphrase Piret:

[…] why are we doing innovation at all? Maybe sometimes things are working fine, why do we think about innovation at all? We start off with four questions:

  1. Do you want to do things better?
  2. Do you have goals and purposes to fulfill?
  3. Do you want to address the needs of your stakeholders?
  4. Do you want to prepare for the risks and uncertainties that the future holds? If you answered yes” to at least one of those questions, then your job is to do innovation—your job is to be a changemaker.

Also, the talk includes a neat model for different varieties of innovation, image courtesy of this post by Adrian M. Senn over on Medium:

I came across this talk via a related panel discussion.

IBM expert Tamreem El Tohamy on bridging the skills gap in Africa Nov 28, 2019 highlights & innovation & education & skills & tech

In the next three years, as many as 120 million workers in the world’s 12 largest economies may need to be retrained or reskilled as a result of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and intelligent automation.

cf. Lee Se-Dol.

This is according to the latest IBM Institute for Business Value (IBV) study, titled The Enterprise Guide to Closing the Skills Gap.

Seems like an interesting guide. This metric surprised me:

In 2014, it took three days on average to close a capability gap through training in the enterprise. In 2018, it took 36 days.

I didn’t know this measure existed, but I can see the utility. As knowledge work grows ever more specialized, this time-to-capability can only grow.

The changing work of innovation for public value and social impact Nov 27, 2019 highlights & innovation & changemaking

In two senses, the work of innovation for public value and social impact is changing in Australia and around the world. What we expect public innovation to do and what we need it to achieve, and how that work should be done, are both changing. And they are changing together while they are changing each other.

It’s true. It’s hard to keep up with the discipline of changemaking, but it’s even harder to keep up with the change that needs to be made. Therefore Martin Stewart-Weeks calls for optimism:

Despite some of the uncomfortable and unsettled conditions, there is real energy in the search for more effective ways to solve the big problems we face in common — managing our complex cities, rewiring large and complex health and social care systems, tackling climate change, searching for better ways to integrate the human and technology capabilities of the digital age and making our communities healthy and resilient.

The speed, intensity and sheer connectedness of these and many other complex, public challenges are giving rise to new methods and tools that can help to tackle them with purpose and skill.

Paul Jarvis on Hurry Slowly: Small is Beautiful Nov 7, 2019 productivity & innovation & podcasts & highlights

The ever-refreshing Paul Jarvis shares some uncommon thoughts on productivity in Jocelyn K. Glei’s Hurry Slowly podcast.

In particular, Paul and Jocelyn discuss the importance of resilience. Citing research and his own experience, Paul points out that resilience is a more important factor in success than many others.

Obviously, though, enabling resilience is not as easy as simply pointing out how important it is. As they discuss, resilience isn’t something innate—which means that it can only be developed through experience. And this is where things get tricky: who gets to have resilience-building experiences?

In my research on innovation skills, I discovered that resilience was one of three key domains that wasn’t an important outcome for our public education systems. This means that resilience training isn’t necessarily a public good. Only if you’re lucky (or privileged) will you have the chance to build up your resilience muscle.

Paul Jarvis on Hurry Slowly: Small is Beautiful Nov 7, 2019 productivity & innovation & podcasts & highlights

The ever-refreshing Paul Jarvis shares some uncommon thoughts on productivity in Jocelyn K. Glei’s Hurry Slowly podcast.

In particular, Paul and Jocelyn discuss the importance of resilience. Citing research and his own experience, Paul points out that resilience is a more important factor in success than many others.

Obviously, though, enabling resilience is not as easy as simply pointing out how important it is. As they discuss, resilience isn’t something innate—which means that it can only be developed through experience. And this is where things get tricky: who gets to have resilience-building experiences?

In my research on innovation skills, I discovered that resilience was one of three key domains that wasn’t an important outcome for our public education systems. This means that resilience training isn’t necessarily a public good. Only if you’re lucky (or privileged) will you have the chance to build up your resilience muscle.

As impressive as the fruits of innovation have been, the pace of change seems relentless and, at times, almost mindlessly linear Nov 14, 2018 highlights & innovation As impressive as the fruits of innovation have been, the pace of change seems relentless and, at times, almost mindlessly linear. It suggests a possible disconnect between the products or services being rolled out to the market and whether a specifically identifiable business or consumer need actually exists in sufficient degree to justify the development and investment of resources involved. — https://jfsdigital.org/2018/11/12/the-limits-of-innovation-high-techs-diminishing-returns/
To find out what one of our region’s universities thoughts are on innovation training, I spoke with Angel Cabrera, president of George Mason University Oct 29, 2018 highlights & innovation & people To find out what one of our region’s universities thoughts are on innovation training, I spoke with Angel Cabrera, president of George Mason University. He shared with me an emerging vision of putting innovation skill development on the learning path for all Mason students and to more actively use simulations to do that. He pointed to PatriotHacks, a weekend technology challenge held last weekend at Mason sponsored by Booz Allen Hamilton, Accenture, CACI and Verizon as one example how the vision is coming together. The PatriotHacks innovation simulation involved 250 students, many of whom worked an entire weekend without sleep, to come up with solutions to specific challenges set by the sponsors. — https://www.bizjournals.com/washington/news/2018/10/25/jonathan-aberman-can-you-teach-people-be.html
OPSI is developing a model for public sector innovation and we want your input. Oct 29, 2018 highlights & innovation
Last week, Nicholson wrote a stem-winder of a piece for IRPP. Oct 9, 2018 highlights & innovation
The EPCC and the wider university is working with partners in government, industry and other higher education centres to create a vibrant cluster of activity based on data science — the collecting, organising and interpreting of large sets of digital information Sep 25, 2018 highlights & innovation The EPCC and the wider university is working with partners in government, industry and other higher education centres to create a vibrant cluster of activity based on data science – the collecting, organising and interpreting of large sets of digital information. These tasks can be summed up as data-driven innovation, or DDI. — https://www.scotsman.com/business/companies/tech/data-innovation-from-niche-concern-to-key-driver-1-4804849
A senior official said that there was a slight distinction between research — which is crucial in the NIRF framework — and innovation: research produces new knowledge while innovation puts that knowledge to use Sep 4, 2018 highlights & innovation A senior official said that there was a slight distinction between research – which is crucial in the NIRF framework – and innovation: research produces new knowledge while innovation puts that knowledge to use.ARIIA – named after Atal Bihari Vajpayee – will focus on: budget expenses and revenues generated; facilitating access to advance centres; ideas of entrepreneurship; innovation ecosystems supported through teaching and learning; and innovative solutions to improve governance of the institution. — https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/new-ranking-based-on-innovation/article24823285.ece
A senior official said that there was a slight distinction between research — which is crucial in the NIRF framework — and innovation: research produces new knowledge while innovation puts that knowledge to use Sep 4, 2018 highlights & innovation A senior official said that there was a slight distinction between research – which is crucial in the NIRF framework – and innovation: research produces new knowledge while innovation puts that knowledge to use.ARIIA – named after Atal Bihari Vajpayee – will focus on: budget expenses and revenues generated; facilitating access to advance centres; ideas of entrepreneurship; innovation ecosystems supported through teaching and learning; and innovative solutions to improve governance of the institution. — https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/new-ranking-based-on-innovation/article24823285.ece
In this midst of so much complexity, perhaps the best we can do is frame good questions Aug 11, 2018 highlights & innovation In this midst of so much complexity, perhaps the best we can do is frame good questions. I want to leave you with one: What is the biggest obstacle to your abilitly to innovate? I asked this question to Fast Company’s Robert Safain and he replied with a matter of fact grin, “The biggest obstacle to innovation is nostalgia.” — https://www.bbntimes.com/en/financial/nostalgia-the-biggest-obstacle-to-innovation-in-finance
Innovation is about people who recognize challenges and seek to implement creative solutions to overcome and improve Nov 11, 2017 highlights & innovation Innovation is about people who recognize challenges and seek to implement creative solutions to overcome and improve. Innovation is iterative. It is not born in a lab of white-coated PhDs, and it is not signalled by the shout of a scientist’s “eureka!” Innovation is a team sport; one that can be undertaken from the shop floor by an electrician, right up to the C-Suite offices and by marketing strategists. — https://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/rob-commentary/polytechnics-deserve-a-bigger-slice-of-the-federal-rd-pie/article36863704/
Fundamental research is absolutely necessary for Canada Nov 11, 2017 highlights & innovation Fundamental research is absolutely necessary for Canada. But it is insufficient as the only means to spur innovation and commercialization. Colleges and polytechnics are hotbeds of innovation in Canada and are currently neglected by the federal government’s research funding ecosystem. — https://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/rob-commentary/polytechnics-deserve-a-bigger-slice-of-the-federal-rd-pie/article36863704/
innovation doesn’t happen in isolation. Jul 8, 2017 highlights & innovation

innovation doesn’t happen in isolation.

Great ideas come alive when groups of passionate people come together to inspire, support and collaborate. From Stockholm and Tel Aviv to Seoul and Berlin, and of course, Silicon Valley — we have seen, time and time again, the benefits that such rich ecosystems bring entrepreneurs.

Innovation must involve all Canadians to succeed
Innovation is a Buzzword (but it doesn’t have to be) → innovation & education & talks & projects Notes, slides, and the Innovation Auditing guide presented at the talk are found below. The research presented during the talk is discussed on the
Innovation Education → education & innovation & systemics & systemic design & university & projects What is innovation? How do we define innovation, its outputs and processes, and what are the skills and competencies necessary to practice and
Innovation Systemics → innovation & systemics & canada & projects & university Thus, Canada should take steps to foster the idea economy. The world is changing, and Canada needs to understand how the tenets of the idea and
Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers of Innovation and Economic Development: Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers → Jun 18, 2016 innovation
The National Youth Leadership & Innovation Summit → Apr 28, 2016 articles & leadership & innovation & systems On April 29 & 30, ~300 Canadian youth and youth-serving leaders will convene at MaRS Discovery District in Toronto to explore a strategy
Warren Buffett manages to entertain and inform in his 2015 letter to shareholders. Feb 27, 2016 innovation & highlights (I'm not ready for Tinder, however.) —

Warren Buffett manages to entertain and inform in his 2015 letter to shareholders.

(This quote comes from Mr. Buffett’s discussion on the unpredictable but beneficial technologies that come from market-driven innovation.)

New job posting: RECODE Social Innovation Fellow → Feb 18, 2016 social & innovation & education
Creating Economic Opportunity for Workers in the Digital Era → Jan 29, 2016 futures & innovation
TEDxOxbridge - Marc Ventresca - Don’t Be an Entrepreneur, Build Systems → Jan 19, 2016 systems & social & innovation
Don’t build a start-up, become a systems entrepreneur - Social Innovation Generation → Jan 18, 2016 systems & leadership & social & innovation
Levchin, Thiel, and Garry Kasparov, the former world chess champion, had planned a book, to be titled The Blueprint, that would “explain where the world’s innovation has gone Oct 27, 2015 innovation & highlights Levchin, Thiel, and Garry Kasparov, the former world chess champion, had planned a book, to be titled The Blueprint, that would “explain where the world’s innovation has gone.” Originally intended to be released in March of this year, it has been indefinitely postponed, according to Levchin, because the authors could not agree on a set of prescriptions. — Why we can’t solve big problems.
Systems Mapping → Aug 24, 2015 systems & education & innovation
How Startups are Prototyping The Future of Business on Fogo Island - Social Innovation Generation → Aug 19, 2015 social & innovation
What do software engineers who earn $500,000 a year do? → Aug 18, 2015 tech & innovation
Design Kit → Jul 30, 2015 social & innovation & design
Social Innovation Lab Guide - The Rockefeller Foundation → Jul 30, 2015 social & innovation & systems & design
Innovating a Canadian innovation ecosystem → Jul 29, 2015 innovation
Using Social Incubation to Drive Local Innovation (SSIR) → Jul 28, 2015 social & innovation
One sign of success: MindLab’s owners are now actively seeking the involvement and advice of MindLab when they plan and execute core strategic agendas Jul 21, 2015 innovation & highlights One sign of success: MindLab’s owners are now actively seeking the involvement and advice of MindLab when they plan and execute core strategic agendas. — Neat little history of the remarkable and world-changing MindLab in Denmark: https://prezi.com/ajadz_sm36fh/mindlab-journey/
Our Blueprint for Social Justice Philanthropy → Jul 16, 2015 social & innovation
Microtainer: lab resources (July 2015) - Social Innovation Generation → Jul 13, 2015 social & innovation & design
June News: Share. → Jul 11, 2015 education & social & innovation
123167481342 Jul 4, 2015 social & innovation & design & highlights From @TimDraimin on Twitter: Hot-Off-Press: Frances Westley & San Laban (WISIR) publish Social Innovation Lab Guide #PSILab http://t.co/NM6fQEmRt7 #systemchange #SocInn —

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Excited to read this guide as soon as possible.
[MindLab] shows how the work of public servants can benefit from innovation capacity - resources and platforms such as facilitation experts, physical space and social technology. → Dec 31, 2013 social & innovation [MindLab] shows how the work of public servants can benefit from innovation capacity - resources and platforms such as facilitation experts,
Notes from a TEDtalk - Ian Goldin: Navigating our global future → Jun 21, 2012 leadership & futures & innovation & systems & articles