Crowd-Share Innovation: Intensive, Creative Collaborations

Edited by Jochen Schweitzer & Joanne Jakovich

Book3_Photo1Complex problems cannot be solved around a boardroom table. Crowd-Share Innovation is the emerging technique for introducing mass input into tricky problems in face-to-face creative collaboration workshops. Participants include diverse people from the public, your best team players, and your toughest critics. In order to explore this new innovation terrain, we at the u.lab created ‘Groundbreaker’ – a series of crowd-share innovation workshops and provocative talks held in July and August 2012 at Object Australian Design Centre in Sydney.

Through Groundbreaker we enacted our inclusive human-centered design model to infuse our methods into wider practice. The Groundbreaker series broadened the content developed in this field and identified leading innovators and future makers to encourage a community of practice. We asked how intensive, creative collaborations foster innovation in the complex and networked context of contemporary practice and we adapted our design tools to imagine futures of work and communication technologies.

This book documents the work and continues the conversations initiated during Groundbreaker. The book also reports on other current programs and initiatives, including u.lab’s participation in an urban design competition, the exploration of the relationships between creative spaces and bodies, entrepreneurship education, the future of emerging technologies, and the development of a network of young design-thinking catalysts – the future generation of Australian innovators.  Click here to order and Click here to read online.

Practicing: Handbook of design-led innovation

Edited by Joanne Jakovich & Jochen Schweitzer

Book2_Photo2Around the world, competitive success is increasingly based on creative, collaborative and design-led approaches to innovation in products, services, strategies and business models. These approaches are being explored and developed by innovation labs, mostly sited in universities and deeply engaged with business and the wider community.

U.lab at the University of Technology, Sydney is an innovation lab made by and for like minded people. It seeks to facilitate analytical and creative thinking and to bring both to bear in researching problems and possible solutions. U.lab involves a diverse range of stakeholders from within and beyond the university, with an emphasis on student learning, reframing problems, reinventing relationships among people and promoting the prototyping of fresh solutions.

This second book released by u.lab is about the practices of setting up, running, and growing a design-led innovation lab; it is pitched as an evidence-based case book, in which the authors document action as it occurs. The book is the result of many stimulating conversations and collaborations with students and colleagues at UTS and with friends, professionals and many helpers in Australia and internationally.

The book features emerging practices and small case study insets. The case examples are drawn from recent and current programs at the u.lab, including the work of five student teams that joined the Entrepreneurship Lab – a u.lab course – in the first half of 2012. Anyone can pick up this book and use to engage with design-led innovation. It will change the way you think about practicing innovation, change and collaboration.  Click here to order or Click here to view and download.

U.lab – it’s about you

Edited by Wayne Brooks, Melissa Edwards, Joanne Jakovich, Julie Jupp, Nathan Kirchner, Natalia Nikolova and Jochen Schweitzer

This book captures the early days of u.lab’s experiments into interdisciplinary and intergenerational creativity, thinking and doing. The co-founders document their ambition to evolve learning environments and research collaborations to be more inclusive, more creative, more loving and more led by action that benefits communities at all levels. As they  cultivate their own ways of creative innovation they describe three distinct but connected experiments: Creative Minds – a two week thinking and doing course; Entrepreneurship Lab, a full semester subject for courageous, passionate and motivated young entrepreneurs; and BikeTank – a weekly event to explore rapid-paced ideation and prototyping.

There is a need to expand design perspectives through rich and relevant multi-disciplinary projects – This is the professional reality of today’s world!

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