Social Innovation on different scales

  • Great stuff Mick. Great range of speakers. It’s positive to see that there are innovators out there. I’m taken with the idea that people from a creative/design background can help with planning service delivery by bringing a different perspective. There appears to be growing understanding of the potential for design based approaches to help with service development.

    Our particular interest is in the NI community and voluntary sector. The sort of questions to be considered are

    is there potential for design based approaches within community and voluntary organisations?

    How might such approaches be explored and implemented?

    Is anyone doing this already in NI?

  • I observed the Hangout, too – fascinating debate, bringing in new players and stretching the often sterile discourse on this topic. Well done.

    Business skills are an often overlooked component of success – just look at Bryson, Simon Gordon, and the wonderful Scots woman who runs mypolice. But without creativity / innovation, AND enterprise AND a good purpose, the three-legged stool won’t stand up.

    Do we have too many two-legged operators?

  • Mick Fealty

    I’ve just discovered too that we can id particular sections of the youtube, which is fantastic. I picked up this segment of Lauren’s brilliant explanation of why design processes matter in the implementation of innovation:

    To answer by proxy your query Quintin, creativity is a good thing in and of itself. But what struck me about Lauren’s explanation of its role in creating functional change was her line that there should be no talking at the beginning of the process, just doing.

    In fact the more people talk the more they talk themselves out of doing anything. Doing means opening up doors without first wondering if it is the right door. The time for critical engagement is later in process when elimination comes. You can only do that if you have trust and confidence in the processes you use.

    Poets have written about this self censoring hectoring inner self that wants to put an end to a line in poem before it has yielded any value. Any given line may not make it to the end of the race so to speak, but may also, like Wittgenstein’s ladder take you to a place you need to go and then allow you to disgard it.

    I don’t think this creative process is well or widely understood outside the arts community in Northern Ireland. Nor is it often put to more practical uses outside bespoke design studios.

    I was also intrigued by Simon Gordon’s almost entirely private initiative (Facewatch) that I suspect utilised many of the principles that Lauren outlined. In particular when I questioned him about the Police’s attitude towards it he suggested it might have been heavier weather three years ago before recession and cuts.

    I would also venture a guess that his clients were less exercised about the theft of their belongings before the recession hit too.. It was great example of identifying a real world problem and then working through an idea to a deliverable solution..

    And in the process making the cops more accountable for delivering results…