Transformative Innovation 2020

Transformative Innovation 2020 : A Guide to Practice and Policy for System Transition

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Innovation is a necessity in a changing world. But what kind of innovation?

'Sustaining innovation' props up and temporarily fixes structures and processes that are failing - making them cheaper, faster, safer, more efficient.

'Disruptive innovation' shakes things up. Typically however disruptive initiatives offer only short-term impact or are eventually adapted and 'mainstreamed' to help sustain existing systems. That is particularly true in the public, social, cultural and civic sectors where the natural patterns of renewal that have been developed in market settings (creative destruction, sophisticated financial support etc.) are generally absent.

Only 'transformative innovation' can deliver a fundamental shift towards new patterns of viability in tune with our aspirations for the future.

This book offers a first stand-alone practical guide to how to realise transformative potential at scale. It offers six elements for policymakers, funders and innovators:

Knowing: how to expand our sense of what constitutes valid knowledge to become more comfortable with complexity
Imagining: how to conceive, develop and design transformative initiatives to carry a group's longer term aspirations
Being: how to organise for action, manage the process, and sustain the people involved over time
Doing: how to introduce the new in the presence of the old, enrol others and figure out what to do when you don't know what to do
Enabling: how to construct a policy framework for long term transition and provide smart financing to match
Supporting: how to develop systems and structures to support a culture of renewal in our public, social and civic systems.

It concludes with an invitation to join a growing community of transformative innovators around the world - a network of hope in powerful times.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 132 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 9.65mm | 226.8g
  • Bridport, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 10 colour illustrations
  • 1911193805
  • 9781911193807
  • 499,034

Table of contents

CHAPTER 1: Transformative Innovation
The Practice of Transformative Innovation
The Capacity to Innovate
Practice and Theory
Ten Characteristics of Transformative Innovation
Case Study: SHINE ~ Changing the Culture of Care
CHAPTER 2: Knowing
Complexity Is Your Friend
Five Principles
Two Loops
A Variety of Prompts
CHAPTER 3: Imagining
Imagining Social Change
Three Horizons and Social Change
Convening the Future
Imaginary Islands
CHAPTER 4: Being
The Human System
Organizing for Action
Managing the Process
Sustaining the People
CHAPTER 5: Doing
Frameworks for Action
Social Learning
The Buddhist and the Broker
Taking Action
CHAPTER 6: Enabling
A Compelling Vision of the Third Horizon
Encouragement for Pioneers
A Realistic View of the Policy Landscape
Evaluation Based on Third Horizon Intentions
Financing Transformative Innovation
CHAPTER 7: Supporting
Everything Flows
Patterns of Renewal
Cultural Renewal
Infrastructure for Transformative Innovation
The Permission Slip
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Review quote

"This a quiet and reflective book, and in both length and tone it is a refreshing antidote to the hundreds of over-excitable business books that are at heart vastly padded articles. When reading Transformative Innovation, you have a sense of the depth that sits behind every chapter. You can also pick up the tools and use them in your own practice, especially because the IFF, with its strong commitment to openness, has published much about them both on its own website and through an associated project, This rich and humane book should be on the shelf of every practicing futurist. " Andrew Curry writing in APF Compass
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About Graham Leicester

Graham Leicester is Director of the International Futures Forum.

Graham previously ran Scotland's leading think tank, the Scottish Council Foundation, founded in 1997.

From 1984-1995 he served as a diplomat in HM Diplomatic Service, specialising in China (he speaks Mandarin Chinese) and the EU.

Between 1995 and 1997 he was senior research fellow with the Constitution Unit at University College London. He has also worked as a freelance professional cellist, including with the BBC Concert Orchestra.

He has a strong interest in governance, innovation and education, is a senior adviser to the British Council on those issues, and has previously worked with OECD, the World Bank Institute and other agencies on the themes of governance in a knowledge society and the governance of the long term.
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