participation

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.

Regards

Simon
11/5/07

 

 

Tools in practice - using feeds to help keep on top of innovation

Thinking of how we can practice what we preach I’ve been exploring using some of the tools to help keep on top of all the Innovation Exchange buzz, and show how they could help the whole project in the future.

With all the information being produced we're all acutely awawe of missing the latest report or comment or duplicating what's already been done. There are plent of sources of information but now we are in danger of being swamped and subscribing to hundreds of RSS feeds means you don't miss anything, but you do end up wading through a lot of dross.  read more »

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 »

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