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 08 - Project Management

Here’s the project management activities as a
workpackage. As you’ll see, it’s very generic (could apply to any
project). The aim is to ensure that the
project is professionally managed, while not putting in place such a formal and rigid process that excludes flexibility and space for innovation! Let me know what you think.

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!


View on Innovation Exchange from a Social Entrepreneur

Hi all...many thanks to David Wilcox for inviting me onto this forum. I have spend the last few hours looking through what has been posted on this site and I have to say that I am very excited about seeing collaboration in action.

I have decided to focus my post from the user perspective. I have read a lot about content and delivery - seeing many impressive models on the way - however, for me the key is whether what is proposed will help me to build my social enterprise, Work Empowerment Foundation, with more impact, speed and effectiveness.

I will cover four areas in this post - these signify the key areas for concern for me:

  • Who is the core target market?
  • What are the motivations of Social Entrepreneurs?
  • What are problems that Social Entrepreneurs are facing?
  • Possible solutions that can be offered by the innovations exchange

Who is the core target market?  read more »

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 04 - web development

Here we go with an effort for the web development work package: it's really about outlining working process rather than any specific deliverable as we feel this element is highly dependent on the outcomes of research and rapport with both OTS and the IE end users. There's no point detailing some 'total solution' up-front; we want to be responsive, not prescriptive, in our system design and build.

Workpackage 06 (partial) - Rapid review, monitoring, evaluation and learning

Sorry I have not contributed much to all this so far - really busy up to now. I (and David W) have an interest in the rapid review elements of WP 6 which seems to be a mapping and lit review exercise. As this seems to be a problem at the moment (re "HELP!") I thought I'd have a crack at the WP outline. Hope this helps.

Input is still required on the monitoring and evaluation elements.


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.


net:gain mapped onto OIE model

I've been meaning to put this up for a couple of days (sorry!). The mapping of net:gain onto the model proposed here is in the Powerpont file attached.  read more »

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