Step 1: Variation, Section, Stabilisation – How innovation-friendly is an organisation?
Learning and innovation within an organisation like a local government can be described using the three basic mechanisms of evolutionary theory: variation, selection, re-stabilisation (brief explanation in the slides).
In a first step, the workshop participants can discuss all together or in smaller groups:
- How variation-friendly is your local government? How much room is there for doing things differently?
- How selection-friendly is your local government? To what extent is it capable of selecting valuable innovations, refining and implement them?
- How stabilisation-friendly is your local government? To what degree is it able to incorporate and mainstream new processes over time?
Step 2: Structures, Strategies, Resources for Innovation
In a second step, participants can discuss in more detail in which fields of action or units within local government there is or could be more room for innovation. Are there established structures, strategies or even resources to foster innovation?
Using a whiteboard, collect ideas and examples creating a mind map or table (template can be found in the slides).
Step 3: Define activities / action plan
In this final step, you agree on activities that will foster the innovative capacity of your local government. Assigning responsibilities, timeframes and the required human, time and financial resources is also recommended.