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Meenu Singh Innovation Explorer 2019

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The courage to start small

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Meenu Singh Innovation Explorer 2019

  1. 1. THE NEXT “BIG THING” IN INNOVATION?
  2. 2. I predict...that tomorrow is Friday!
  3. 3. THE NEXT “BIG THING” IN INNOVATION? starting small.
  4. 4. WHAT DOES REALLY MEAN? “starting small”
  5. 5. meenu singh
  6. 6. sneaky lil’ experiments
  7. 7. sneaky lil’ experiments secret, subtle, embedded, strategic
  8. 8. sneaky lil’ experiments little, small, quick, not too resource- intensive
  9. 9. sneaky lil’ experiments starts with a question, tests something new, can potentially fail (!)
  10. 10. sneaky lil’ experiments secret, subtle, embedded, strategic little, small, quick, not too resource- intensive starts with a question, tests something new, can potentially fail (!)
  11. 11. not a good idea to be sneaky a good idea to be sneaky
  12. 12. not a good idea to be sneaky a good idea to be sneaky FILING YOUR TAXES EXPERIENCING A LIFE-THREATENING MEDICAL EMERGENCY AS A CONTESTANT IN 
 AN “EXTREME BELCHING” COMPETITION TRYING TO DRAW ATTENTION TO YOURSELF WHILE STRANDED ON A DESERTED ISLAND WHEN YOUR JOB IS TO GUIDE PLANES ON THE RUNWAY WHEN YOU HAVE “BINGO”
  13. 13. not a good idea to be sneaky a good idea to be sneaky FILING YOUR TAXES EXPERIENCING A LIFE-THREATENING MEDICAL EMERGENCY
  14. 14. not a good idea to be sneaky a good idea to be sneaky FILING YOUR TAXES EXPERIENCING A LIFE-THREATENING MEDICAL EMERGENCY AS A CONTESTANT IN 
 AN “EXTREME BELCHING” COMPETITION TRYING TO DRAW ATTENTION TO YOURSELF WHILE STRANDED ON A DESERTED ISLAND WHEN YOUR JOB IS TO GUIDE PLANES ON THE RUNWAY WHEN YOU HAVE “BINGO”
  15. 15. not a good idea to be sneaky a good idea to be sneaky FILING YOUR TAXES EXPERIENCING A LIFE-THREATENING MEDICAL EMERGENCY AS A CONTESTANT IN 
 AN “EXTREME BELCHING” COMPETITION TRYING TO DRAW ATTENTION TO YOURSELF WHILE STRANDED ON A DESERTED ISLAND WHEN YOUR JOB IS TO GUIDE PLANES ON THE RUNWAY WHEN YOU HAVE “BINGO”
  16. 16. “ ..bingo... “ “ ..bingo... “
  17. 17. not a good idea to be sneaky a good idea to be sneaky FILING YOUR TAXES EXPERIENCING A LIFE-THREATENING MEDICAL EMERGENCY AS A CONTESTANT IN 
 AN “EXTREME BELCHING” COMPETITION TRYING TO DRAW ATTENTION TO YOURSELF WHILE STRANDED ON A DESERTED ISLAND WHEN YOUR JOB IS TO GUIDE PLANES ON THE RUNWAY WHEN YOU HAVE “BINGO”
  18. 18. not a good idea to be sneaky PLAYING PRANKS STUDYING ANIMALS 
 IN THE WILD ALL OTHER BELCHES THROWING A 
 SURPRISE BIRTHDAY PARTY TRYING TO BRING DESIGN THINKING AND OTHER INNOVATION PROCESSES, BEHAVIORS, AND MINDSETS INTO YOUR INSTITUTION/ORGANIZATION a good idea to be sneaky FILING YOUR TAXES EXPERIENCING A LIFE-THREATENING MEDICAL EMERGENCY AS A CONTESTANT IN 
 AN “EXTREME BELCHING” COMPETITION TRYING TO DRAW ATTENTION TO YOURSELF WHILE STRANDED ON A DESERTED ISLAND WHEN YOUR JOB IS TO GUIDE PLANES ON THE RUNWAY WHEN YOU HAVE “BINGO”
  19. 19. not a good idea to be sneaky PLAYING PRANKS STUDYING ANIMALS 
 IN THE WILD ALL OTHER BELCHES THROWING A 
 SURPRISE BIRTHDAY PARTY TRYING TO BRING DESIGN THINKING AND OTHER INNOVATION PROCESSES, BEHAVIORS, AND MINDSETS INTO YOUR INSTITUTION/ORGANIZATION a good idea to be sneaky FILING YOUR TAXES EXPERIENCING A LIFE-THREATENING MEDICAL EMERGENCY AS A CONTESTANT IN 
 AN “EXTREME BELCHING” COMPETITION TRYING TO DRAW ATTENTION TO YOURSELF WHILE STRANDED ON A DESERTED ISLAND WHEN YOUR JOB IS TO GUIDE PLANES ON THE RUNWAY WHEN YOU HAVE “BINGO”
  20. 20. not a good idea to be sneaky PLAYING PRANKS STUDYING ANIMALS 
 IN THE WILD ALL OTHER BELCHES THROWING A 
 SURPRISE BIRTHDAY PARTY TRYING TO BRING DESIGN THINKING AND OTHER INNOVATION PROCESSES, BEHAVIORS, AND MINDSETS INTO YOUR INSTITUTION/ORGANIZATION a good idea to be sneaky FILING YOUR TAXES EXPERIENCING A LIFE-THREATENING MEDICAL EMERGENCY AS A CONTESTANT IN 
 AN “EXTREME BELCHING” COMPETITION TRYING TO DRAW ATTENTION TO YOURSELF WHILE STRANDED ON A DESERTED ISLAND WHEN YOUR JOB IS TO GUIDE PLANES ON THE RUNWAY WHEN YOU HAVE “BINGO”
  21. 21. not a good idea to be sneaky PLAYING PRANKS STUDYING ANIMALS 
 IN THE WILD ALL OTHER BELCHES THROWING A 
 SURPRISE BIRTHDAY PARTY TRYING TO BRING DESIGN THINKING AND OTHER INNOVATION PROCESSES, BEHAVIORS, AND MINDSETS INTO YOUR INSTITUTION/ORGANIZATION a good idea to be sneaky FILING YOUR TAXES EXPERIENCING A LIFE-THREATENING MEDICAL EMERGENCY AS A CONTESTANT IN 
 AN “EXTREME BELCHING” COMPETITION TRYING TO DRAW ATTENTION TO YOURSELF WHILE STRANDED ON A DESERTED ISLAND WHEN YOUR JOB IS TO GUIDE PLANES ON THE RUNWAY WHEN YOU HAVE “BINGO”
  22. 22. empathize define ideate prototype test design thinking: as a process
  23. 23. empathize define ideate prototype test interviewing radical brainstorming testing assumptions comfort showing unfinished work building at the right resolution giving and rec meaningful feedback reframing asking questions eliciting stories talking to strangers rapid experimentation applying ethnography tools “What if..?” improvisation abductive thinking design thinking: discrete behaviors/mindsets empathetic listening
  24. 24. sneak Inter-American Development Bank, Accounting Department
  25. 25. sneak
  26. 26. sneaky radical brainstorming
  27. 27. sneaky What is one specific innovation behavior you’d like to see on your team? What’s one “sneaky” way to embed that behavior into your work?
  28. 28. sneaky lil’ experiments little, small, quick, not too resource- intensive
  29. 29. Designing for Social Systems Workshop Stanford d.school lil’
  30. 30. Dr. Tolbert Mucheri, Higherlife Foundation lil’
  31. 31. lil’
  32. 32. lil’ interviewing, learning from
  33. 33. What is the quickest, least resource-intensive way 
 you can start leveraging the tools of design thinking? lil’
  34. 34. sneaky lil’ experiments starts with a question, tests something new, can potentially fail (!)
  35. 35. experiments University of Maryland, College Park
  36. 36. experiment ( it’s me! ) ersity of Maryland, College
  37. 37. experiments ( it’s me! ) University of Maryland, College Park “engage all 37,000+ students in innovation and entrepreneurship experiences to prepare them to tackle the world’s toughest problems”
  38. 38. How do you scale the teaching of innovation methods across an institution of 37,000+? experiments
  39. 39. How do you scale the teaching of innovation methods across an institution of 37,000+? experiments (let’s find out!)
  40. 40. experiments WILL LEARN LOTS! WILL LEARN LESS... SNEAKY (can be done quickly!) NOT SNEAKY (would take awhile…)
  41. 41. experiments WILL LEARN LOTS! WILL LEARN LESS... SNEAKY (can be done quickly!) NOT SNEAKY (would take awhile…) here!
  42. 42. the courage to start small
  43. 43. meenu singh the courage to start small THANK YOU.

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