Friday Link Round Up: Co-Creating the Future

by Michele Martin on June 23, 2017

In this week’s post, we’re riffing off an article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review on best practices in breakout innovation and co-creation.

Creating Breakout Innovation–Nonprofits, community groups, and philanthropists are embracing cocreation as a way to engage a wider community in tackling pressing problems. But only a small percentage of these efforts are resulting in bold innovation and powerful solutions. What does it take to deliver breakout innovation? This article lays out the basic principles.

Theory U–One of the principles for co-creating the future is to legitimize all ways of knowing, getting away from our “expert bias.” Theory U proposes that the quality of the results that we create in any kind of social system is a function of the quality of awareness, attention, or consciousness that the participants in the system operate from.

Civic Engagement and the Restoration of Community–This guide from Peter Block discusses the major conversations that need to take place in order to authentically engage a diverse community in the co-creation process.

Guide to Prototyping New Ideas–Prototyping–quickly testing your ideas to learn and evolve them–is key to any innovation process.

The Welcoming Workbook–An excellent step-by-step guide for making any group more welcoming.

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