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Enough of the theory!

Attached is our first attempt at stating what the "Open Innovation Exchange" would do (the file is in Word format). This is an "Aunt Sally" for others to knock about and comment on. It is presented as a set of "workpackages" which in turn contain a set of activities.

This is incomplete and needs filling out especially in the areas of: types of event, media campaigns, monitoring and evaluation for example.

Are we on the right track? Have we missed anything out? Is there stuff in here that is not required? Could you help us deliver any of these workpackages/ activities?

Your insights please . . .

New version of model (v 3.2)

A modified version of the Innovation Exchange model we are using to guide us is attached to this post.

It tries to incorporate the points made by Andy here.


Challenging questions

In her post earlier in the week Kerry posed some questions. The answers to these questions would be very useful in informing our bid. I have had a go at answering some of them but need the thoughts of others.

What evidence already exists on similar approaches and how they have worked in practice?

I am not aware that an approach of this type has been tried before. When I met with John Craig I asked him what the inspiration for the IE. Often a minister visits another coutry, or a project, or something and this sparks an initiative like this. However, there does not seem to be a precedent. John referred to Ed Miliband's speech on 22/6/06 as the source. (PDF, 31KB).

HOWEVER, I believe that all the elements of what we will be proposing for the Innovation Exchange have been in use successfully for some time. For example:  read more »

The Innovation Process

I have been doing a bit of research over the last week to see what academics and researchers think the innovation process is.

There is lots of stuff on this relating to the private sector but relatively little that relates to the delivery of public services. But I have found two which might be helpful:

Source: Innovation: A roadmap for homeless agencies - npfSynergy - 2003


And this one from the Cabinet Office report by Geoff Mulgan and David Albury:

Source: INNOVATION IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR - [ver 1.9 October 2003] - Geoff Mulgan and David Albury


Some essential reading / useful resources

In case you haven't come across it already, this is pretty much essential reading:

It draws heavily on the work of Mulgan* and Albury (2003) "Innovation in the public sector", Strategy Unit, Cabinet Office, October 2003.


Then there is the 'Exploring Innovation' website/forum - "Exploring Innovation - a space for local government conversations". We need to engage with the people behind this. I have registered and posted something about this exchange. There is a presentation from Geoff Mulgan (note - this is a PDF) on this site.

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Guardian contact anybody?

I'm just drafting a list of the activities that may be included in the Innovation Exchange. One is around media and communications and the idea of awards. However this award programme already exists:

Does anyone know anybody who is associated with these awards at the Guardian?

Concept - The Movie

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There has been a call for futher explanation of the model we have presented for the Innovation Exchange and so we have produced an animated movie presentation with audio narrative.

Model Version 3.1 in powerpoint format

An animated powerpoint presentation of version 3.1 of the model is attached. An audio commentry to go with it can be downloaded here. The two things combined into a quicktime movie can be viewed here.

Comments encouraged!

Collaboration or action?

All the members of this group met in Bristol last night. Although we have come together through existing strong links between individuals, this was the fisrt time we'd all got together. A stimulating conversation was had. I still haven't digested it all but a couple of the things to emerge immediately for me were:

- I think it is important that the focus of the innovation exchange is not 'innovation' per se. I think the focus must be on 'action'. It must be about helping innovators achieve practical things, overcome barriers, that lead to better services for end users. If the Innovation Exchange can provide real services that can remove or lower barriers AND innovators know that the Innovation Exchange exists* then the motivation for innovators to participate will be clear.

- Is there an innovation process? Or are there lots? Or do things just happen? Does innovation always start with an individual innovator or can whole
organisations innovate? I'd appreciate the views of others on these
issues - please join in with your own blog or just comment on this one - click on the 'Register' link below.  read more »

Developing the model

version 3.0 of the Innovation Exchange Model

The full image can be viewed here.

We are trying to develop a single diagram that describes the relationships and exchanges that take place in the process of innovation in the delivery of public services.

We'd welcome comments on this.

Here's an explanation of the graphic as it stands:  read more »

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