Where does innovation come from? [PDF]

New Ideas– New Approaches Suppporting Innovation

A presentation to the National Federation ofVoluntary Bodies

John O’Brien

2007 – Oct.


The qualities of the Mountain Bikers efforts provide us some guidance for an important area for innovation creating new ways to generate deep changes

• Passion to ride: desire for experience, not planning or building perfect bikes, or manufacturing.
• Co-produced by a loosely coupled network of builder-riders free & willing to try, test, & tell
• Loose parts & freedom to reshape & adapt them Rapid testing of lots of variations to learn from
• A way to change that honors people’s right to self-determination

Stop deciding for people who they will live with & how they will spend the day (PUSH) & assist people to create platforms that give them ways to pull the resources they require in order to live a life that makes sense to them (PULL)