Seems to be quite a few citizen journalism free trainings around at the moment - this one from World Pulse, and there's also a MOOC just started from Cardiff University. Anyone done either of them? https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/community-journalism/todo/595
This is the Oral History Society's amazing list of Oral History resources. I'm looking forward to having a proper browse.
Video from LSE.
Great article from Fast Company. So we can be more creative when we're tired...
Creative People Must Be Stopped: 6 Ways We Kill Innovation (Without Even Trying)
David A Owens (Author)
This is the book of the Vanderbilt University MBA course on Leading Innovation in Organisations that I just finished with Coursera. Can't recommend it enough.
These are some further resoucesIndividual Innovation Constraints
(Chapter 2)Steve Jobs Isaacson, Walter The Visual Display of Quantitative Information Tufte, Edward Conceptual Blockbusting: A Guide to Better Ideas Adams, James L. The Design of Everyday Things Norman, Donald Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences Gardner, Howard E.
Group Innovation Constraints
(Chapter 3)Weird Ideas That Work: How to Build a Creative Company Sutton, Robert I. The Art of Innovation: Lessons in Creativity from IDEO, America’s Leading Design Firm Kelley, Tom Good Boss, Bad Boss: How to Be the Best… and Learn from the Worst Sutton, Robert I. The Social Life of Information Brown, John Seely & P. Duguid The Deep Dive at IDEO Nightline Video (ABC News)
Organizational Innovation Constraints
(Chapter 4)Serious Play: How the World’s Best Companies Simulate to Innovate Schrage, Michael The Design of Business: Why Design Thinking is the Next Competitive Advantage Martin, Roger The Soul of A New Machine Kidder, Tracy Fumbling the Future: How Xerox Invented, then Ignored, the First Personal Computer Smith, Douglas K. & R. Alexander Organizing Genius: The Secrets of Creative Collaboration Bennis, Warren, & W. Biederman The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization Senge, Peter M.
Industry Innovation Constraints
(Chapter 5)The Innovator’s Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book That Will Change the Way You Do Business Christensen, Clayton M. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions Kuhn, Thomas S. Managing The Professional Service Firm Maister, David Crossing the Chasm Moore, Geoffrey Appetite for Self-Destruction: The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry in the Digital Age Knopper, Steve Competitive Strategy: Techniques for Analyzing Industries and Competitors Porter, Michael E.
Societal Innovation Constraints
(Chapter 6)Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die Chip & Dan Heath The System of Professions: An Essay on the Division of Expert Labor Abbott, Andrew How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas, Updated Edition Bornstein, David The Art of the Long View: Planning for the Future in an Uncertain World Schwartz, Peter Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things McDonough and Braungart Diffusion of Innovations, 5th Edition Rogers, Everett
Technological Innovation Constraints
(Chapter 7)Innovation Tournaments: Creating and Selecting Exceptional Opportunities Terwiesch, C. & K. Ulrich Strategic Management of Technology and Innovation Burgelman, Christensen, & Wheelwright How Breakthroughs Happen: The Surprising Truth About How Companies Innovate Hargadon, Andrew Open Innovation: The New Imperative for Creating And Profiting from Technology Chesbrough, Henry W. Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature Benyus, Janine M.
Stanford University’s Entrepreneurship Corner offers 2000 free videos and podcasts, featuring entrepreneurship and innovation thought leaders. There are some good ones on creativity and innovation from Tina Seelig and from Tom Kelley.
Really pleased to join my first C4D network meeting today. Thanks for supporting on newsletter also!
Great videos on storytelling posted on from friends at the Center for Digital Storytelling in San Francisco.
And well done Christian Aid.
This is a wonderful free download that I'm so glad to have discovered after prattling on about the importance of language for years, and Andrea Cornwall's a fantastic writer. I recommend you read it before using the words 'participation' or 'empowerment'.
Authors Cornwall, Andrea Eade, Deborah Publication date 01 Nov 2010 ISBN 9781853397066 Publisher Oxfam GB Practical Action Publishing Series Development in Practice Readers Type Book
Writing from diverse locations, contributors critically examine some of the key terms in current development discourse. Why should language matter to those who are doing development? Surely, there are more urgent things to do than sit around mulling over semantics? But language does matter. Whether emptied of their original meaning, essentially vacuous, or hotly contested, the language of development not only shapes our imagined worlds, but also justifies interventions in real people's lives. If development buzzwords conceal ideological differences or sloppy thinking, then the process of constructive deconstruction makes it possible to re-examine what have become catch-all terms like civil society and poverty reduction, or bland aid-agency terms such as partnership or empowerment. Such engagement is far more than a matter of playing word games. The reflections included here raise major questions about how we think about development itself. The 30 contributors to this volume include Cassandra Balchin, Srilatha Batliwala, Robert Chambers, Neera Chandhoke, Ben Fine, Shalmali Guttal, Pablo Alejandro Leal, Islah Jad, Thandika Mkandawire, John Samuel, John Toye, and Peter Uvin. Originally published as a special double issue of Development in Practice journal, the book is vital reading for all concerned with a deeper understanding international development policy and practice.
This is a great article on an oft neglected area. Alastair's an old colleague of mine from Social Services Cambodia, and tge founder of http://www.first-step-cambodia.org/
Well worth a read.
Hilarious, and like all my favourite things, so true. Worthy of Stuff Expat Aid Workers Like.
Daniela Papi's another one of these people I know from Cambodia. And this is a great article. Highly recommended. Well done Daniela!
After a long struggle, stolen statues are going home.
Another interesting looking free course on creativity.
As part of the innovation course I'm doing we (each team member) had to come up with 101 ideas about how NGOs could be more innovative (our chosen project). It was also to illustrate how you get more individual ideas by brainstrorming individually than in a group, but that's another story.
So here are the 101 ideas, no censoring, as they came. See how many you can do in a week. Enjoy.
1) Have a drawing class each week
2) Do yoga every morning
3) Do meditation every day
4) Move the desks around
5) Work outdoors in the summer
6) Work on the roof
7) Take any cubicles away
8) Have a library of fun things
9) Have toys on everybody’s desk
10) Have posters from every country in the world around the walls
11) Have everyone make a lampshade
12) Have everyone paint a mug with an inspirational phase from their culture
13) Find out what creative things people like to do
14) Do a forum theatre workshop and find out what staff are afraid of
15) Do improvisation exercises at the beginning of the day
16) Have a suggestions box where people draw their feelings and others interpret them
17) Have a fund where people can buy stimulating books for the library
18) Hire a creativity and development consultant (!) to do some work with you.
19) Make digital stories about key issues
20) Work with cell-phones on
21) Flip the hierarchy in your work space
22) Make the janitor the chief exec for a day and see what ideas s/he comes up with
23) Have a chillout area with beanbags
24) Or hammocks
25) Or bamboo mats
26) Take the computers off people’s desks.
27) Turn off the internal phone system so people have to talk to each other
28) Have two weeks a year where everyone is in the office (no travel allowed for anyone)
29) Put walls of plants around a few key areas where people can sit quietly.
30) Put people on the move
31) Get people to submit a list of ten ideas they had each time they come back from a trip to the field
32) Encourage creativity and innovation with beneficiaries
33) Do an innovation audit
34) Read Tim Brown’s book – Change by Design
35) Read Augusto Boal and Paulo Freire
36) Use a fishing rod to pass things from person to person
38) Make sure everyone has nothing on their desk by the end of Friday
39) Only work with laptops
40) Use paper and pencil for first ideas, not computers
41) Buy a pack of Brian Eno’s Oblique Strategy cards http://stoney.sb.org/eno/oblique.html
42) Use them as a screensaver
43) Have a day where everyone says yes to everything
44) Learn about each other’s cultures
45) Have a day a month where one culture is dominant
46) In meetings have a cultural adviser who tells you what would or would not be acceptable in their culture.
47) Acknowledge that in some cultures it’s not acceptable to criticise.
48) Find a way to work through to this.
49) Play the game with the translator and the professor. They each speak jibberish language but translator translates for the audience.
50) Make soundscapes
51) Make music
52) Learn children’s games from different cultures
53) Make different languages dominant at different times
54) Work in a matrix
55) Take all notices using clip art down and have them drawn by hand.
56) Ban all project names longer than three words
57) Go and see an art exhibition once a month
58) Ask a gallery to arrange a tour and be taken around
59) Hire a curator to facilitate a tour of a gallery with questions that will provoke thoughts about work issues
60) Learn animation programs that start from photos and make stories about your organisation.
61) Ask people how they think this could be done
62) Agree to prototype one idea from each staff member over a month, no matter how crazy it sounds.
63) Have lunch at the same time.
64) Play a game before lunch.
65) Relax and sleep after lunch.
66) Nap when tired.
67) Hire a masseur.
68) Change the chairs of meetings each meeting.
69) Have stand up meetings.
70) Ban meetings for a week.
71) Have everyone work outside the office for a week.
72) Send everyone away for an hour to walk and come up with ideas when beginning a new project
73) Do photo walks
74) Do a transect walk of your own office
75) Burn essential oils to make the office smell different
76) Have staff bring in something that smells stimulating
77) Something that smells relaxing
78) A picture that inspires them
79) Swap them around
80) Divide the office up in different ways
81) Divide it by continent
82) Divide it by function
83) Divide it by day of the week people were born
84) Make a comic
85) Make a collage
86) Make a song
87) Make a dance
88) Invert things.
89) Have the senior management people create a funny 5 minute play about why innovation is needed.
90) Have more junior staff respond to it.
91) Have the most junior staff respond to both of them
92) Do video postcards with your beneficiaries.
94) Play charades http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charades
95) Put Jenny Holzer’s Truisms up on the wall
96) Make your own truisms
98) Give people a contemporary art gallery allowance – money and time to go
99) Have them report back how what they saw relates to a problem they’re trying to solve at work.
100) Introduce innovation ideas with a shrunken work week – if you’re convinced it’ll enable people to come up with ideas faster they should be able to work fewer hours to get things done.
101) Play the game where you thrown a plastic bottle around the room and immediately on catching it the person has to mime using it as something other than a bottle.
102) Work your way through “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” or “The Artists Way” as a group .
103) Ban the use of your top three buzzwords.
Interesting curriculum and booklist here.