Keys to Innovation
Resilient, impactful, and well-designed organizations (and innovators!) are consistently good at one thing: learning. Educator and author Scott H. Young profiles research-driven strategies that can help you not only learn more, but learn more deeply.
Another key to innovation is creating the right team and approach to solving the right problems. Luke Craven suggests that we consider establishing ‘SystemOps’ teams much like many organizations have ‘DesignOps’ units. The aim is to build organizations that enable people to think — and maybe design — in systematic ways, systematically.
Networks — connecting to the right people, knowledge, and resources — are critical for innovation. But how do we find the right ones? The Overedge Catalogue provides an ongoing update of new kinds of research organizations operating at the intersection of research, academia, non-profits, and tech startups all focused on the future.
Once you have your networks established, the next step is scaling and sustaining it. Don’t worry, we got that covered, too. Catapult in the UK has a series of resources, research, and white papers that help outline how to create, scale, sustain, and execute innovation country-wide.
Designing for Humans is an ongoing series over at Censemaking that points out that we can think about users, but real effective design involves a broader approach. Over the coming weeks we’ll continue to showcase how we can better design for the real world, not just our imaginations of how the world is.