Update Report from Mission Control

. . . just taking a break from the typing to let you know that there is going to be a bit of a delay while my assistant gets her act together and finishes section 8! Thanks for all the contributions . . . we are still waiting on one or two . . . hurry please!

Hope to get the latest version uploaded by 9am tomorrow.


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.





Project plan and thanks

Project plan

Attached is the project plan. It's not very clear I'm afraid but I thought you would all be reassured that we had one _and_ that it was prepared by a qualified PRINCE 2 practioner. Thanks David (Ellis).

Thanks also to those who have emailed comments and suggestions . . . thanks the Lord for 'Track changes'.

The proposal is being polished and we hope to post another version by the end of play tomorrow.


Bid text v4.2

Here is version 4.2 of our bid. It is still very very ragged - very much work in progress. It is not as far advanced as we had hoped but we are highly motivated and we will get there especially if the support continues. We need all the help we can get . . . are there any quality assurance experts out there? - see section 10. What do you think about the focus we have taken (Open Source + Social enterprise)? See section 3.2. The focus was very much guided by the contributions here. As always, comments on the workpackages/ activities would be welcome. See section 5.

A couple of words on the OIEC and the OIEP. We are calling the people who got together to put this bid together the Open Innovation Exchange Consortium (OIEC). The purpose of the OIEC to present a successful bid. As soon as we win :-| we will start to grow the OIEP which will actually deliver the OIE. The OIEP will not be static but will evolve as the project progresses. We will need to recruit from the network to serve the network particularly in WP03 and WP05.  read more »

Third Sector Quality Recognition

Third Sector organisations such as social enterprises, charities, co-operatives, trusts and many types of voluntary sector organisations face two major barriers in their aspirations to become self reliant. Many of these organisations are encouraged to bid or write proposals to fund their specialist community activities. Regrettably, for many who would like to pursue this pathway to sustainability, the application documentation requires the organisation to demonstrate:-   read more »

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.


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