Making the Case: Strategies and Tools for Communicating Innovation
Concurrent Session 5
Designed for faculty and designers who are not in formal leadership positions, this workshop encourages attendees to grow ideas, lead from where they are, and increase innovation at their institutions. Fill your toolkit with strategies and tools for supporting ideas with research, pilot planning, evaluation, and achieving buy-in.
The theme for the workshop is: "I have an idea. Now what do I do with it?"
Designed for faculty and designers who are not in formal leadership positions, this workshop encourages attendees to grow ideas, lead from where they are, and increase innovation at their institutions. Presenters will share a toolkit containing strategies, tools, templates, and processes for communicating and increasing innovation. The resources to be provided draw from known best practices in design thinking, agile development, rapid prototyping, iterative evaluation, and informal leadership.
Attendees will work together to build and practice the following skills during the workshop:
1. Initial Evaluation: Putting ideas to paper
- Why are you interested?
- What are the key functions, potential uses, and/or value that you see?
2. Support the Idea: Back it up with resources and research
- What are others doing?
- What does the research say?
- Why is this a good idea?
3. Plan a Pilot: Iterative design and evaluation
- What do you plan to investigate, how, and for how long?
- With whom? Who are the key players?
- How will you know it's successful?
4. Write a Proposal: Request time and resources
- What are the elements of a successful proposal?
- How do administrators and managers see your idea?
5. Sell the Idea: Get buy-in
- What is the difference between sharing and selling?
- How can I push ideas up the chain?
- How can you build interest and get buy-in?