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Proposal - version 4.8

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Here is version 4.8 of the proposal. We are still open for comments but we'd need to get them by midday tomorrow to be able to include them. There is still a lot of work to do but barring accidents I think we will get there.


Update Report from Mission Control

. . . just taking a break from the typing to let you know that there is going to be a bit of a delay while my assistant gets her act together and finishes section 8! Thanks for all the contributions . . . we are still waiting on one or two . . . hurry please!

Hope to get the latest version uploaded by 9am tomorrow.


Dream team complete!

I am delighted to be able to announce that two significant players have joined the consortium who will submit the OIE bid on Monday:

UnLtd - Zulfiqar Ahmed - Director of Programmes

Warwick Business School - Prof Jean Hartley and Rod Dacombe

Zulfiqar will play a key role in the 'Investment' workpackage.

Jean and Rod will lead the 'Evaluation'.

These are heavy weights! And we are delighted that they are prepared to put their names behind this bid.

Once the bid is won :-) We will move from 'Consortium' to an expanded 'Partnership' to actually deliver the OIE. And, as you will have seen from the proposal, we will need to involve you and the rest of the sector itself to do this.





Project plan and thanks

Project plan

Attached is the project plan. It's not very clear I'm afraid but I thought you would all be reassured that we had one _and_ that it was prepared by a qualified PRINCE 2 practioner. Thanks David (Ellis).

Thanks also to those who have emailed comments and suggestions . . . thanks the Lord for 'Track changes'.

The proposal is being polished and we hope to post another version by the end of play tomorrow.


Bid text v4.2

Here is version 4.2 of our bid. It is still very very ragged - very much work in progress. It is not as far advanced as we had hoped but we are highly motivated and we will get there especially if the support continues. We need all the help we can get . . . are there any quality assurance experts out there? - see section 10. What do you think about the focus we have taken (Open Source + Social enterprise)? See section 3.2. The focus was very much guided by the contributions here. As always, comments on the workpackages/ activities would be welcome. See section 5.

A couple of words on the OIEC and the OIEP. We are calling the people who got together to put this bid together the Open Innovation Exchange Consortium (OIEC). The purpose of the OIEC to present a successful bid. As soon as we win :-| we will start to grow the OIEP which will actually deliver the OIE. The OIEP will not be static but will evolve as the project progresses. We will need to recruit from the network to serve the network particularly in WP03 and WP05.  read more »

We are now number 1

Dan, who is working hard in the background to keep this site going (and is not fast at coming forward!) reports:

Hi Simon
If you type in - open innovation exchange - into a search engine we
come up first
We come first in: google, yahoo, msn, ask, altavista, searchmash

We must be doing something right! At least innovators and all those who support them will be able to find us!

Thanks Dan.


Workpackage 07 - Investment

Workpackage 07

This is the first version of the 'investment' workpackage. This will need a leader which has yet to be identified. The 'investment' workpackage was not part of the original list but has been suggested by many and the case was made very well by Tim Davies in his blog submission here.

As always, suggestions for improvement are needed!


Workpackage 05 - Establish and maintain an associates network

Attached is the first draft of the WP05. This is a a crucial workpackage as it will draw a significant part of the budget and together with WP01 (Project set-up) and WP03 (Events, training, toolkits and follow through) will define the distinct nature and modus operandi of the OIE.

Workpackage 01 - Project set-up

Workpackage 1

Here's the first attempt at describing Workpackage 1.

It is attached as an Excel spreadsheet.

As always, comments are welcome.


Activity list and call for contributions

The list of workpackages and activities to deliver the 'Open Innovation Exchange' has been further refined and is attached to this posting (Word format). This builds on a previous posting and supercedes it. It is still incomplete and so ideas are still needed.

In the attached document we have provided a lead contact (bid leader) for each workpackage and a list of supporters. You can:

- post your contributions here (use the comments link or blog your own item);

- contact the bid leader directly (the document contains email addresses);

- ask to be added to the list of supporters (please email the bid leader for the workpackage you can contribute to);

"The genius is in the network . . . ."

. . . 12 days to deadline for bid submission.


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