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  • 1. A ‘plausible promise’ for the  Learning to Innovate Learning to Innovate Topic Working Group? Boru Douthwaite Innovation and Impact Director, Challenge Program on Water and Food Basin Leader Meeting Vientiane, 18 January 2011
  • 2. Will L2i be a Community of Practice? “A group of professionals, informally bound to one A group of professionals, informally bound to one  another through exposure to a common class of  problems, a common pursuit of solutions, and  thereby themselves embodying a store of  knowledge” 
  • 3. How is a COP different from other ways of organizing?ways of organizing? Purpose Membership Glue Duration Community Exchange Self select Passion, As long as the of Practice knowledge identification interest lasts with group Work Group Deliver All under Job & Until product manager common goal restructured Project Accomplish Assigned or Project Project Team specific task selected milestones completed and goal Informal Info mal Pass on P Friends F iend & Mutual M t l need As A long as networks business business reason exists information acquaintances
  • 4. We will be a hybridWe will be a hybrid Self motivated, self organizing working groups  Self‐motivated, self‐organizing working groups tackling priority issues reporting back to the wider  community, thus strengthening the practice
  • 5. PLAN ACT REFLECT Repeated learning cycles Leads toChanges in practice; strengthened New theory, methods, strengthened core community g store of knowledge competency Contribute to Research that fosters innovation processes Improved livelihoods, more resilient systems and communities
  • 6. What is the practice? What is the practice? Ensuring research achieves developmental outcomes Putting research into use Putting research into use Scaling up and scaling out Harnessing research to innovation processes Harnessing research to innovation processes
  • 7. What we might do?What we might do? Pull together and synthesize lessons in what works  Pull together and synthesize lessons in what works and what does not in harnessing research to  innovation processes Identify critical capacity development needs and  oversee an initiative to meet them Arrange exchange visits amongst BLs and C&C  projects Write a position paper PLAN ACT REFLECT
  • 8. Membership Voluntary Open but focussed on the people in the CPWF  engaged in our practice (‘harnessing research to  g g p ( g innovation processes’)
  • 9. Potential benefitsPotential benefits Help the Basin Leaders, C&C projects and BDC  Help the Basin Leaders, C&C projects and BDC programs achieve their outcome targets Mechanism to bring resources to bear Help build the CPWF core competency in managing  research for development
  • 10. Resources Funds from for face to face meetings; moderation Funds from for face‐to‐face meetings; moderation Fund to support C&C projects Facilitation Gender mainstreaming Fund could be managed through the TWG Worst case ‐ $100k Conservative ‐ $320k
  • 11. QuestionsQuestions  Do we have a plausible promise? Do we have a plausible promise? A kernel upon which we can co‐develop the L2i TWG  together If so, what needs changing? What do we do? Who? When? ……  a Work Plan by Friday afternoon
  • 12. Avalanche
  • 13. Tugboat turning Super TankerTugboat turning Super Tanker
  • 14. What is the Practice?What is the Practice? Help ensure Coordination and Change Projects and  Help ensure Coordination and Change Projects and BDC programs‐of‐work are successful in harnessing  research to innovation Advocate for a CGIAR System that is better able to  harness research to innovation processes Seek to influence external partners in a similar way
  • 15. How does research achieve developmental outcomes?developmental outcomes?
  • 16. How it will be organizedHow it will be organized Moderated by the KM Team Moderated by the KM Team Regular face‐to‐face meetings Other details to be decided Other details to be decided
  • 17. Tugboat turning Super TankerTugboat turning Super Tanker
  • 18. Avalanche
  • 19. What is a TWG? What it is not?• Community of people sharing  • Topic in one basin ‐ even interest on a topic though of high interest from • A mechanism to foster  the basin perspective th b i tilearning & produce outputs  • A one‐off initiative like a study across basins (e.g. synthesis,  ( g y , tour in several basinsIPG) • Additional funding to do your • An interface between the  research in your project/basinCPWF and the global CPWF d th l b l • A blueprint to do cross‐basin community research  g• Diverse and wide range of  • A ‘command & control’  A  command & controlmodels for implementation approach• An iterative learning process