Proposal

On Networks

It might be helpful to look at some resources on the formation and nurturing of networks as part of this process. There's a great paper on nonprofit networks called Net Gains:

http://www.in4c.net/index.asp?lt=net_gains_download

I also wrote a series of posts on this a few months ago (scroll to the bottom to start):

http://michelemartin.typepad.com/thebambooprojectblog/networks/index.htm...

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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