Future Session #5: Guiding Innovation: Towards common processes and practices

Explore, share and improve the innovation process

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The Spindle and the Hague Humanity Hub have joined forces to organise a series of inspirational working sessions for our mutual communities! In these aptly named “Future Sessions”, we’ll explore the relevance of trends in innovation for the future of development cooperation. They are high in energy and involve the input and unique perspective from an expert in his or her field.

On June 25 we focus on the core of the innovation process.


Future Session #5: Guiding Innovation: Towards a common process and practices
Innovation has become an imperative for the development sector, but how do we produce a steady flow of well-designed solutions? This is a very hard to reach goal when clear parameters for successful innovation are lacking..

Learning from the outcomes of the Humanitarian Action Challenge, an innovative challenge connecting Businesses and NGOs, Thomas Baar (Centre for Innovation, Leiden University) and experienced social innovator Mariken Gaanderse will guide us through an interactive session to help us identify where our common grounds are and what our next a-ha moments could be.

What can we all do to improve the innovation process and let it be a key driver for success in development work?

Thomas and Mariken will share their Top 10 Challenges and Successes at different stages of the innovation journey:
#1 Innovate the system, rather than the product
#2 Start with the problem
#3 Sell your evidence
#4 Embrace uncertainty
#5 Don’t just fail fast, fail smart
#6 Keep risks and harm, front and center
#7 Look toward tradition to boost innovation
#8 Nurture team spirit
#9 Notes on scaling and sustainability
#10 Creating the Blueprint for responsible and accountable innovation

Join us in this Future Session and explore the core of your own innovation process:
What are the principal challenges you encounter in your own innovation processes? What can you do to prevent common pitfalls? Which steps in the process should be priorities? What can you learn from the processes of other organisations?

Need some starter inspiration? Then check out the fresh and brand new Humanitarian Innovation Guide, in which a lot of learnings from the field of Humanitarian Innovation are already structured.

Location: The Hague Humanity Hub
Address: Fluwelen Burgwal 58 – The Hague
Date: Tuesday the 25th of June
Time: 15.00 – 17.00 (+ drinks after!)



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