Innovation

Innovation can never happen in schools: we’re too busy ‘continually improving’

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Provocation 3:

Innovation can never happen in schools: we’re too busy ‘continually improving’

 

What is the hard work of innovation in school?

Innovation is like genius: one percent inspiration, ninety nine percent perspiration. It’s hard work.

Tendayi Viki’s Forbes article Innovation is Management describes the slog that’s required to really innovate. Ideation, prototyping and other ‘frothy’ parts of the innovation process are often what people expect from an innovation or design thinking workshop, despite the fact it’s not what they need. They want some fun, even though they really need to do some hard work.
And pretty much every workshop on design thinking I’ve ever observed, spied on Twitter or attended as a participant has achieved little more than yet another table load of crap made from craft materials, and walls plastered in post-it notes that will end up in the bin, not in the plans for a new product or service. And there’ll be some happy campers, high on the sugar hit of their “innovation experience with design thinking”. This is, of course, complete nonsense.

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