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Business Model Canvas

This canvas and associated guidance is is a strategic management and lean startup template that can be used the to describe, design, challenge, and pivot a business model to deliver different values or in different ways. It consists of 9 elements: value proposition, customer segments, customer relationships, channels, key partners, key resources, key activities, cost structure, and revenue streams.
It can be used individually or in a group. It works in conjunction with the Value Proposition Canvas and other strategic management and execution tools and processes.
This canvas has been widely used and many variations exist, including those adapted to a non-business context. When adapting to the public sector context, "customers" may be considered stakeholders or users and "revenue streams" may also include outcomes or impacts.
It was originally intended to provide a more nimble and understandable replacement for a business plan.



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Strategic Design

Organisational Design

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A Field Guide to Ethnographic Experiential Futures

Ethnographic Experiential Futures, is a protocol for surfacing and documenting existing images of the future. It combines Ethnographic futures research, EFR, a protocol for surfacing and documenting existing images of the future. Experiential futures, XF, is a family of approaches for vivid multisensory, transmedia, and diegetic representations of images of the future. The hybrid approach puts together two modes of futures research and practice in a step-by-step guide. Its intent is to help groups develop a future-oriented mindset.
Familiarity with futures and foresight methods is strongly recommended.

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Public Problem Solving Canvas

The GovLab's Public Problem Solving Canvas is an online interactive canvas based on twenty questions to create and develop your public interest project. These twenty questions are designed to help you refine your understanding of the problem and those whom it affects; express your Big Idea; and turn that idea into an actionable strategy in the real world to the end of improving people's lives.



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Product Design

Strategic Design

Knowledge creation and collective sense-making workshop

The author provides step-by-step guidance on how to conduct a short term strategic planning workshop based on knowledge management and contextualisation frameworks used by the private company Cognitive Edge. The publisher's suggests that it can be used to conduct pre-hypothesis research project to understand a complex problem. The outputs are comprehensive sets of cultural indicators, knowledge objects (comprising both codified and experiential knowledge artefacts), and large volumes of tangible suggestions to address complex issues. Another key objective of these processes is to increase the levels of interaction and dialogue between key stakeholders whether internal to an organisation or external, thereby establishing new social networks, or increasing the cohesiveness of existing social networks. Previous experience with the Cognitive Edge frameworks and methods is helpful when approaching this resource.

Metodología AEI de la Innovación

La metodología AEI de la innovación, desarrollada por el Laboratorio de Innovación para la Gestión Pública Distrital (LABcapital) de la Veeduría Distrital de Bogotá , es una metodología que tiene como base la metodología de “Pensamiento de Diseño” así como un enfoque de “Diseño de Servicios” para concretar las propuestas, y usa la “Economía Comportamental” para la implementación de las ideas propuestas. Tanto el pensamiento de diseño como el diseño de servicios se utilizan dentro del sector público como metodologías que le permiten a ciudadanos y servidores públicos hacer frente a problemas sociales complejos.

Esta metodología esta diseñada tanto para servidores públicos como para ciudadanos que quieran co-diseñar soluciones innovadoras a retos públicos. Se busca especialmente, que esta metodología pueda aportar a la generación valor compartido, es decir, el mejoramiento de la calidad de vida de los ciudadanos, pero al mismo tiempo busca mejorar la productividad, calidad del servicio, la democracia y los resultados de las entidades públicas.

La Metodología AEI de la innovación se desarrolla por medio los siguientes pasos: 1) Empatía, 2) Intuición y 3) Acción. Mediante la implementación de estos pasos se busca identificar el contexto, motivaciones, comportamientos, necesidades, aspiraciones y valores de la ciudadanía así como las necesidades y metas de las entidades distritales que con su gestión buscan proponer ideas innovadoras para mejorar la vida de los ciudadanos. Todo esto conduce a que la innovación publica se convierta en una apuesta tendiente a promover el control social así como a fortalecer el control preventivo, la transparencia y la lucha contra la corrupción para el mejoramiento de la gestión pública distrital. Esta metodología se ha aplicado a más de 10 retos de ciudad, que LABcapital ha venido trabajando con varias entidades públicas de Bogotá.

Cualquier persona que tenga el interés de aportar ideas que puedan generar un impacto positivo en la población en general y en las entidades públicas puede aplicar la Metodología AEI de la Innovación. Por lo tanto ustedes, los lectores y en lo posible implementadores de la Metodología AEI de la Innovación, serán llamados coLABoradores.

Responsible Research and Innovation Toolkit

This online repository contains knowledge products, tools, inspiring practices, and projects to guide those interested in developing a research and innovation system that puts societal needs and desires at its center. The repository can be filtered by who it is useful for, topic, expertise required, related social challenge, category, and language.
The site also offers a self-reflection tool to assess your research and innovation practice on the basis of Ethics, Gender Equity, Governance, Open Access, Public Engagement, and Science Education

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A tool to help cities and public administrations better orient and diagnose themselves regarding their innovation profile and maturity.
The tool includes a self-analysis quiz, a map to help navigate concepts and trends and compose your a custom menu. It also includes guidance for setting an innovation strategy.
Sonar comes in the form of a newspaper printed in A2 format that can be used in a group setting . This resource is available in French.

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Liberating Structures

Liberating Structures is a web resource that includes a collection of 33 results-oriented collaboration patterns have been developed and refined through field testing over a 10+ year period in a variety of sectors including healthcare and business.
They are intended to complement conventional practices for organisational design and strategy design. They are designed to be used in an inclusive collaborative setting.
Associated books (for sale) and video guidance is available to assist those getting started with this approach.

The Partnerships Analysis Tool

The resource was designed to help organisations: develop a clearer understanding of the range of purposes of collaborations, reflect on the partnerships they have established, and focus on ways to strengthen new and existing partnerships by engaging in discussion about issues and ways forward. The resource contains guidance as well as an interactive partnership assessment tool.
Although it was created with the health sector in mind, it is relevant for other sectors as well.
For innovation projects, Part 2: Choosing Partners may be problematic to assess since partners, approaches, and core business may be unknown.

MaRS Library

The MaRS Library contains articles, templates, reports, workbooks, reference guides and videos covering a range of topics, including accounting, funding, governance, intellectual property, leadership, legal issues, marketing, product management, selling, social innovation, strategy and talent.
It is intended for an entrepreneurial context, but it can be adapted for a public sector organisational context.

Catalyzing public sector innovation

This resource covers five key roles in a public innovation ecosystem: Problem Solver, Enabler, Motivator, Convener, and Integrator. For public administrations wanting to make an impact on a societal challenge, it helps identify where to start, and how the administration fits in with other actors already focused on the same or similar challenges. By understanding which of these five roles to assume when launching an initiative, organisations may be able to more effectively deploy their resources, partner with other organizations, and reduce redundancies. The resource is based on an examination of innovation initiatives in the United States, but may be applied elsewhere.

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Playbook for Strategic and Foresight Innovation

This resource contains a method library and playbook for commonly used strategic foresight tools, organised by a guiding framework of five planning phases (perspective, opportunity, solution, team, and vision). While it does contain the tools themselves, the resource also contains extensive guidance on each method, including overall guidance, examples, instructions, insights, tips, and tool templates. It also contains overall guiding principles, underlying theories, and considerations for using and sequencing the methods as an integrated methodology. This resource is extensive but organised and navigable. It is oriented toward a growth-focused private sector context but can be adapted for use in the public sector. The resource can be downloaded for free or purchased as a physical copy.