Purposeful innovation

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Chat Date: 
Thu, Sep 14, 2017

The annual summit event at BIF (the Business Innovation Factory) is in progress, and the topic for this chat is taken from a major issue raised, yesterday, at the start of the event: purpose.

Whether or not you are attending #BIF2017 or have been following the event on the livestream, you may have seen that the issue of purpose was raised by Saul Kaplan (@skap5), the leader (Chief Catalyst) of BIF, and a frequent participant in #innochat.

During his opening remarks, Saul described the importance of purposeful networks for innovation. His specific point was that many people, including those at the BIF Summit, are good at networking and collaborating. But, often, they are not so good at making their activities purposeful.

This is important because innovation is unlikely to be effective if it is not clear how innovative activities contribute to a purpose, or, in some cases, what the purpose is!


During #innochat on Thursday, 14 September starting at 12 noon Eastern time, let's discuss the importance of knowing the purpose of innovation and connecting activities to that purpose, based on the following questions:

  1. How do we ensure that our innovation activities are purposeful?
  2. What is the relationship between innovation activities and purpose?
  3. In whose eyes do we assess purpose?
  4. How do we measure purpose?
  5. How does purpose relate to utility?
  6. Is purpose a zero-sum game?
  7. What happens when innovation is not purposeful?
  8. What role is there for innovation without a defined purpose?


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