I love OpenIDEO and have always wanted to make a contribution to the platform. Now seems to be the time as I have been focussing very much on the principles and the methodology of OI based on some workshops I am currently putting together for a large Corporate in North America.(Not that I want to talk about that)
I want to specifically discuss about a collaboration that has taken place between myself and a large Government agency in Scotland(UK). I'm based in New Zealand and it has blown my socks off as to how little me in my office in Wellington, NZ has played a part in transforming a large Council in Scotland due to Open Innovation.
Councils are typically quite conservative however I was fortunate to find myself in the company of a wonderful lady called Zoe who had come across IDEO via Design thinking however never came to appreciate the power of 'Open' Innovation. Through Crowdsourcing the 9000 employees and various facilitations between the 2 of us we have managed to transform the entire council by leveraging the collective intelligence of the staff. 2 people can transform an entire Government agency by utilising Open Innovation.....the power of the crowd!!!
Happy to discuss further if anybody has got specific questions. It's not about 2 or 9000 it's all about the process and methodology