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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A few thoughts

A few quick reflections / suggestions / explorations from looking at the current document...

1. The space between offline and online (workpackages 2 / 3 / 4)

Not every innovator is confortable with or gets the best out of online communication, nor will all who might have input to offer make it to face-to-face events. So it's worth exploration of the middle group in terms of:

  • Regular topic-focussed teleconferences / conversations (I've been exploring these with a developing network of youth participation consultants - and they've been really helpful in engaging people in the network in a way beyond what we could have achived with online interaction online)
  • Paper newletters agregating online content (It should be fairly straighfoward to wire something up to drupal or whichever CMS the Innovation Exchange uses that will pull together key headlines from the month, requests for support etc - and will throw them into a printable bulletin that can act as a 'hook' to engage those who wouldn't naturally browse an online space...)

2. Space in the exchange itself for ongoing innovation..

How will the exchange itself be open, and open to innovation throughout its development. What scope will be in the budgets and timeplans for emergent workstreams that repond to needs identified as things move forward?

E.g. it a participant can suggest an innovative new workplan element in month 6 or year 2 etc. that will help support innovators, is the exchange explicitly equipped to run with that...

3. Investment element

Supporting access to investment didn't seem to be a very explicit in the current document... and the 'worked example' on how investment enters into the picture might be useful...

4. Audience analysis

Something more on the different 'audiences' and how they will be targetted might be useful (though it might come later...). Particularly something around:

  • Potential innovators who don't realise that they are or might be.... (e.g. those whom the idea of an innovation exchange won't hook - but who would really benefit from and be able to contribute to the exchange...) (What other dialogues might be useful to engage these groups if they are significant enough to be concerned with...?)
    • Partly I guess this is covered in the icubation workshops as part of other events - although there may be a stage before icubation in wider events and networks to help innovators realise they have something to incubate, replicate etc..


Investment workpackage

These are very helpful comments which will be given the time for thought they deserve. However, I can respond immediately to the suggestion of more emphasis on investment in the workpackage/activities. Others, who haven't been bold enough to contribute here :-), have made similar comments.

But can we make this more than a sign-posting/awareness raising/chivvying exercise with the relevant funders who are (often by constitution) feerlessly independent?

Maybe this is all we can do. Any other suggestions/insights?


I was reflecting a bit more

I was reflecting a bit more on this earlier today...

I've no answers - but it strikes me that some sort of fascilitated marketplace to support collective funding of innovation could have a place.

Here are the links that feed into that thought process for me...

I'm not sure that the thought process leads to any particular work package addition... but it might lead to a comittment to clearly identifying and creatively responding to the barriers to investment certain innovations face...

In particular, the thought process looks for 'customers' and end users to fund innovation, rather than for funding bodies to be looked to...

Proposal feedback (overview)

I've split our initial feedback into three parts: overview, details and our specific responsibility (web development). I won't go into all the things we think are right / good as we'd be here all day. Here's the overview stuff as a starter for ten...

1. Worked example
These work packages are a great starting point and seeing the deliverables broken out into discrete blocks is really helpful, especially from a project management point of view. Between this doc and the process diagram, I hope we're starting to paint a coherent picture for people.
However, one element I think we're still missing and which may fill in a lot of gaps is a worked example or a view from the ground: a projected chronological example showing an intended beneficiary of our proposal going through the system -- so Organisation X sees the press release, follows a link to participate in our initial research, puts themselves forward for more involvement, is contacted by a brokerage manager, attends a workshop event, is introduced to prospective partners etc etc. I think that not only would this help people quickly grasp the practical outcomes of our proposal, but would also serve as a kind of first user test of our proposal to see if we've missed anything.

2. Delivery timetable
I'm sure one's on its way, but a timetable for delivery / massive Gantt chart would help clarify the project management picture -- at the moment, there's a risk of sounding as though everything will be delivered simultaneously, at once, which I don't think is realistic and would probably see the whole budget gone in a single blaze of glory!

3. Budget review
There's been a lot of great people feeding great ideas into this process and the proposal outlined here seems, to me at least, to be pretty comprehensive. We should probably run a quick check on costs soon (again, I'm sure this is on its way) just to make sure we're not getting carried away -- and to see what headroom, if any, we have left in the budget.

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