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Innovation Exchange goes live!

The website of the Innovation Exchange has gone live here:

You will see some familar faces on the homepage.




Innovation Exchange emerges

There was an article on the Innovation Exchange in this month's acevo members' magazine. There are also now a couple of pages up on the Innovation Unit's website where you can vote on what you think the initial focus of the programme should be:


National finalist will have to do

Just a quick note to let you know that last night we were congratulated on getting to the 2007 national finals of the New Statesman New Media Awards but we did not win the the 'Contribution to Civic Society' category. This was won by MySociety's - Neighbourhood Fix It initiative.

We were in extremely good company last night. Some amazing initiatives. I was humbled by Stop the Traffik. which won the 'Advocacy' category I am sure that David will blog the event more thoroughly here shortly.

Thanks again to Nick Booth of Podnosh for nominating us.

Timeline - 1st draft - SB perspective

Simon wrote: Here's a first go at a timeline - it is from my perspective so please add stuff. I know a lot of discussions went on before I got involved . . .


SB - Simon Berry; JB - Jane Berry; DW - David Wilcox; DJW - Daniel J Wilcox 


28/3/07 Call for tenders published by Office of the Third SEctor (OTS) in the Cabinet Office. Ted link

DW hears about the tender when presenting at a conference for UK nonprofits and blogs an item saying that lack of online capability, and willingness to share, in the sector could present challenges to the success of any innovation exchange. He adds P.S. - nothing's perfect. Who wants to develop a consortium bid?

6/4/07 Good Friday
9/4/07 Easter Monday

12/4/07 An email exchange with John Craig, who was handling the tender procedures at OTS, leads DW to an encouraging meeting on April 12. It was clear OTS are really keen get new ideas.  read more »

Open sourcing this process

As David W has indicated already, it would be good to document what we did here so that others could pick up the process, use it themselves and improve it. Open sourcing the process.  read more »

Thanks - but no thanks

The Office of the Third Sector (OTS) are still to announce their preferred partner for the delivery of the Innovation Exchange. But unfortunately it's not going to be us . .  read more »

OIE makes the Society Guardian

I'm slightly embarassed by the attributions here but we made it into last week's Society Guardian (sponsored by vodaphone).

Stories 1, 2 and 3

I've been asked put up all of the stories we used in the interview. They are already here but a bit hidden, so here are the links:

Story #1 - Innovation in Youth Services

Story #2 and #3 - Graft and Grow, Invest in Success



Just a quick note to say that we've been interviewed. A video chat done immediately afterwards should appear here shortly. What are my immediate feelings?  read more »

Stories please!

It has been suggested that we use stories, in our interview, to illustrate how the OIE would work in practice eg how people would first connect with the OIE, how they would interact with the OIE over time, how the OIE would support them in the 'innovation to action' process and so on.

I have had a go at such a story and posted it here. Are there any other story tellers out there?! We think we need three. If you have an idea for a story you can leave it as a comment to this entry or, if you are registered, use your blog to write the story yourself.

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