Floree introduced the Learning Session with some innovation theories, models and methodologies. As a cohort, we talked through examples of innovation that we liked, which included everything from volunteer time-credit incentives to toddlers in care homes. We then put these ideas into practice in an Impact Lab, where we had to come up with an innovation of our own to tackle food waste.
My group found it easier to think of marketing ideas than to pin down one method of service delivery. We came up with ‘For The Greater Food’, a weekly pop-up food-waste cafe/cookery classes run out of a food truck, co-opting the energy of patriotism by inviting war heroes to talk about rationing.
For me, the main lesson of the day was the importance of keeping service-user perspective and input central to every stage of production. It can be one of the most creative, and for us as future non-profit sector leaders, the most important, ways to develop ideas.