What we think

Partnerships with Innovation and Impact

31st May 2018 Posted by: Ethicore

If you are ready to do sustainable development differently, whether from business, institutions or NGOs, join the ‘Partnerships with Innovation and Impact’ Workshop at Business Fights Poverty Conference.  You will work through critical steps to generate value through innovative partnerships, and this will be brought to life with learning from business and INGO leaders and their partnership experiences and insights.

If you would like your innovative partnership to feature in the session or generally, share your details with innovation@tpiglobal.org or tweet @ethicore.


Idea Generation

21st December 2017 Posted by: Ethicore

by Rachael Clay

How can you give a boost to the idea generation in your innovation process to open up creative, new and different concepts?

Follow three simple principles, and then get creative with ‘different shoes’, ‘random metaphors’ and ‘bad ideas’.

Check out this infographic of our tried and tested tools for innovation ideation.


Structuring for Innovation: Setting up your organisation for more systematic innovation

5th December 2017 Posted by: Ethicore

by Rachael Clay

Structures to support innovation vary depending on the strategic intent and ambition of an organisation. Setting up your organisation for more systematic innovation is a journey. As organisations evolve from centralised to decentralised structures for innovation, they may outsource some activities to support their transformation. More mature innovative organisations have distributed responsibilities for innovation. At an extreme, an organisation may spin off start-ups to enable their innovations to operate outside of organisational constraints.

It is important for organisations to be conscious of their innovation approach and the models that can be employed to be more strategic and systemic innovators over time. This infographic identifies the structures to develop systematic innovation. We recommend mapping out your journey to more systemic innovation and how it will evolve over time.


Innovation Lenses – Take a different perspective

24th November 2017 Posted by: Ethicore

by Rachael Clay

More systematic and effective innovation is desperately needed to deliver sustainable development.  The challenge is to move from doing what you’ve always done, to co-creating what progress could be. Increasingly innovation will demand a focus on local approaches to innovation. We’ve been looking through 3 different lenses to facilitate this – all with local communities and experiences at the heart:   the solution lens, the problem lens and the experience lens …

Innovation Lenses

Innovation approaches are often focused purely on the problem lens, identifying the problem to solve and innovating from there.  We have identified some useful tools to improve this approach.  However, the solution lens and experience lens can also be powerful.  The solution lens actively seeks out solutions that have been developed – the positive deviants.  The experience lens takes a human centred design approach and with walk throughs and immersive experiences helps you design from the users point of view.

We encourage you to try a different lens, or two when you approach innovation.  You won’t know what you will find until you look!

Have you set your Innovation ambition?

To find out more about problem definition: Julier J., Kimbell L. (2012) Problem Definition. p30. In: The Social Design Methods Menu click here.

More about positive deviance: Tuhus-Dubrow, R. (2010) The Power of Positive Deviants: A promising new tactic for changing communities from the inside. Boston Globe. November 29, 2009. Pascale, Sternin, & Sternin click here.

The Power of Positive Deviance: How Unlikely Innovators Solve the World’s Toughest Problems. Harvard Business Press click here.