We see the need to enable a new generation of technical experts who are fluent in understanding, interpreting, and improving human systems, not just technical ones. Here we share four teaching practices that educators can use to increase this critical yet under-delivered capacity.
Innovation & Education articles
Our identity, through our age, gender, colour, mother tongue, goes beyond how we freely choose to come across to others. The clear advantage is to those of us who develop awareness, language, and comfort dealing with questions of identity in its many dimensions.
As participants or hosts to online spaces, we are all – consciously or not- creating new tables where we convene people, and showing up at other people’s tables. Do you have the right people with you to have the needed conversations? This is why your tribes need to connect.
If we want to create new conversations, solutions and models in key sectors, we need new points of view. For innovation’s sake, it’s vital to invest in talent that is not in “the box” that we are trying to think “out” of.
Experimenting consistently creating spaces, events and experiences for people to learn to innovate across sectors and countries for the last decade has brought us knowledge of the variables at play in forming innovative teams. Here are some of the principles we apply to maximize chances of cross-fertilization of ideas, and therefore of successful team innovation.
Is there a secret sauce to creating spaces, events and experiences that generate innovation? We’ve found that to be at their most creative, people need both familiarity and disruption. Environments that are most conducive to new results are those where people feel both at home and off-balance at the same time.
“Let me tell you something” is a linguistic reflex that tells a long story: giving pre-packaged advice and transmitting common sense we’ve accumulated prevents many new ideas from becoming full-fledged models that work. Here are tools we’ve created to prevent that.