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Grumpy manager innovation pitch (improved)

Innovation

Here is an updated formula for the grumpy manager pitch. I tested it in two workshops with council staff last year, and discovered some neat ways to improve it. How to pitch an innovation to a risk averse manager So you’ve got this amazing, cool, gigantically engaging project idea, and you want your manager to sign off on it. This is where your beautiful new tyre hits the hard asphalt of institutional reality. You’ve convinced your team - but they think like you do. Now you have to convince someone who doesn’t think like you do. This will probably be your biggest single hurdle. If...

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The art of 'Yes!'

Innovation

How to pitch an innovation to a risk averse manager Engagement Lab is not just about creating original community engagement projects, it’s about how to pitch those projects to managers and get a ‘yes’ “I’m happy to give it a go. Put a bit of budget on it and see how it goes. If it doesn’t work we won’t do it again.” – council waste manager, Hunter region It’d be wonderful if all managers spoke like this about their staff’s original ideas. But most managers are, well, managers. So you’ve got this amazing, cool, gigantically engaging project idea, and you want...

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Four winning projects

Community building Innovation

Hi colleagues I’m delighted to announce the winners of the DOING SOMETHING INTERESTING? competition. (Remember? Way back in April.) Copies of Changeology are winging their way to them. My secret intention was to flush out innovative examples I could share. I’m very happy with the result. In no particular order the winners are: 1) Impromptu kinder engineers, Wyndham City Council, Vic For imagination and agility in speedily improvising a delightful community engagement project on the fly. Here is Cliff Eberly’s description: I’m thrilled to be able to share this story with you.  Wyndham City’s Road Resurfacing Team has been doing some wonderful engagement work around the repaving and reconstruction...

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Is the Spectrum dead?

Innovation Strategy

Or more accurately, is the Spectrum of Participation an intellectual zombie - a model that stays alive despite being functionally useless? For those of you not familiar with the Spectrum of Participation, it’s the central conceptual framework for community consultation in planning, especially in local government. It’s so central to thinking about planning that it’s almost impossible to contemplate community consultation without invoking the Spectrum. But here’s the problem. I just reviewed a host of contemporary community consultation methods (to make an slide show for a new training workshop). No matter how much I bent the definitions, I couldn’t make...

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Four reasons not to do Engagement LAB

Facilitation Innovation Marketing and communications

1) Your manager won’t let you do creative stuff. 2) Your organisation isn’t innovative. 3) You don’t have time or money to do interesting projects. 4) Your workmates will think you’re crazy. No, seriously, if your manager won’t let you do creative stuff, don’t do this workshop. You’ll get frustrated and say it’s all my fault for leading you up the garden path. But if your manager is cool, then here’s what it’s about: First: it equips participants to design community engagement projects that humans will positively want to engage in. Second: it’s about processes that suit any purpose, from...

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