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 »

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 »

Unique Network - Application of Model

We watched the powerpoint presentation with great interest this morning. During the presentation we were really struck by how closely it related to our replication project of the Unique Coffee Bar (youth cafe model) here in the East Midlands. 

Unique Coffee Bar is a 100% sustainable youth drop-in project supported by an Alternative Education social enterprise. We developed the Unique Network last year which has the aim of assisting other communities in setting up coffee bars similar to the Unique Coffee Bar in Newark. For more information on the network project see 'Unique Network'

We are currently working towards opening 5 Coffee Bars within the East Midlands in the next two years with a further 15 planned in the future. We currently have two communities who are close to opening (late this year/ early next year) and three others in the pipeline.  read more »

Enough of the theory!

Attached is our first attempt at stating what the "Open Innovation Exchange" would do (the file is in Word format). This is an "Aunt Sally" for others to knock about and comment on. It is presented as a set of "workpackages" which in turn contain a set of activities.

This is incomplete and needs filling out especially in the areas of: types of event, media campaigns, monitoring and evaluation for example.

Are we on the right track? Have we missed anything out? Is there stuff in here that is not required? Could you help us deliver any of these workpackages/ activities?

Your insights please . . .

Simon Berry interview

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Technology for innovation - but in its place I've known Simon Berry and his team at Ruralnet for some years, and I'm always amazed that they manage to keep coming up with innovative ideas while continuing to get the nuts and bolts of project delivery right. We share an enthusiasm for new technology. Simon reminded me technology is a means to end - and has to be integrated with other ways in which people can work together. He also emphasised that we can't expect people always to share knowledge without reward: trading will be part of the mix in our vision of the Innovation Exchange.

Jane Berry interview

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Innovation Exchange benefits from net:gain The initial model for taking innovation to service providers and users draws on the net:gain programme that is being delivered by ruralnet|uk. Jane Berry is managing the programme, and when we met I asked her about the connection. I heard that one of the key ideas is social franchising.

New version of model (v 3.2)

A modified version of the Innovation Exchange model we are using to guide us is attached to this post.

It tries to incorporate the points made by Andy here.


Challenging questions

In her post earlier in the week Kerry posed some questions. The answers to these questions would be very useful in informing our bid. I have had a go at answering some of them but need the thoughts of others.

What evidence already exists on similar approaches and how they have worked in practice?

I am not aware that an approach of this type has been tried before. When I met with John Craig I asked him what the inspiration for the IE. Often a minister visits another coutry, or a project, or something and this sparks an initiative like this. However, there does not seem to be a precedent. John referred to Ed Miliband's speech on 22/6/06 as the source. (PDF, 31KB).

HOWEVER, I believe that all the elements of what we will be proposing for the Innovation Exchange have been in use successfully for some time. For example:  read more »

The Innovation Process

I have been doing a bit of research over the last week to see what academics and researchers think the innovation process is.

There is lots of stuff on this relating to the private sector but relatively little that relates to the delivery of public services. But I have found two which might be helpful:

Source: Innovation: A roadmap for homeless agencies - npfSynergy - 2003


And this one from the Cabinet Office report by Geoff Mulgan and David Albury:

Source: INNOVATION IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR - [ver 1.9 October 2003] - Geoff Mulgan and David Albury


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