Sunday, 22 November 2009
Apart from group tasks and activities, my main task was to design and print the program and make sure that everyone knows when is their time slots. During workshops we have decided that the program will be A4 size but folded like a booklet. Me and Joyce have agreed that the backround will be white (so it will look nice and fresh), we will have the main design of the event on the front, logo of the school at the back of the program, together with the address and the entire program with all the timings and introduction inside of the paper. The main headings will be in green (in order to highlight main points), whereas the text will be in black (to make it simple and easy to read)and also these colours look good with the main logo. Joyce came up with the idea to have the ribbon for each programe, and I thought that it will be nicer to have it ih red colour, than any other mainly because the logo is in black and white, however 'toward the sustainable world' is written in red. Inside of the program we will also include paper with "10 tips to be sustainable" and Joyce was going to print them out. Im going to print all the programs in nice silky paper so it will look professional.
Here are some designs of programs I found online:
Monday, 16 November 2009
Barriers to innovation;
focus innovation culture
What makes innovate culture
- It is important that the group has the ideas and motivation to innovate.
- For problem solving flexibility is important
- Operation and support for purposes of creation or control
- Working together in a group
+ share of responsibilities
- If the group is well motivation, and everyones is enjoying working in groups it stimulates creativity
Need to know how to motivate the group + work dynamics is also important factor
Disagreements can actually generate better solutions
- CREATIVITY + IMPLEMENTATION- have to implement the idea or apply it
-If Implementation process isn't there at the end, then the whole thing has no meaning--} therefore it is a barrier in some sense
Organising for innovation
- it is not enough for the company or organisation just to innovate, there are more factors to consider
- resources is a huge factor to look at
- there is a need of a leader
- clearly direction is a reason why organisation needs do innovate
- there is a need to communicate, energy of a team is important
- think through
inspiration is a drive
- HR theory is useful
- Other resources to enable innovation to happen
- cross boundary work( collaboration )-is the key
- Appropriate structures- make sure all the things fit together
- Learning requires creating mistakes
Building an innovation culture
- the notion of routines is important because it can enable and support the development of innovation culture
- 3 levels - individual, group work and organisational level
All of these term can be applied to sustainability
Managing an innovation culture
- is difficult!
How to measure?
· Fostering creative climate
· Structural arrangements
· Process-based approach
- barrier will by by just thinking about the outcomes
‘total quality management is a journey not a destination’
it is about the process rather than outcome
Strategy: Where we are?
Where we want to be?
How do we get there?
how far and how fast
Learning from others- sharing problem solving
Hugely important for both cases
High-involvement vs. focused development of innovation culture
Organisational archetypes: organic and mechanistic
- mechanistic is concerned with maintaining the status quo and managing the operations that keep the organisations going
- organic is concerned with creating the future products and processes
· High-involvement innovation does not focus on occasional radical innovation breakthroughs but concerns itself with creating culture in which innovation is a way of life
· Focused development of innovation means creating innovation culture amongst a relatively small but influential group within the organisation
! Value of innovation culture- the value that works for people
-need to know how to get the balance right
It is significant to understand the notion of sustainability and be able to apply it to the organisation as a new business opportunity. Therefore I believe the class lectures and the academic literature will help me to complete this project successfully as we are learning about sustainability issue in our lectures and the base material is provided to us. We also have the freedom come up with our own identified barrier, not only sticking to the ones that were already identified.
This layout is the final one to be used on the t-shirts, invites, posters and the program. I like the idea of big letterings although it looks a bit confusing at the first sight, but the white background and combination of colours selected wisely. The only concern I found about the final selection of the final layout was done with only few members of the group as they met separately on thursday when not everyone could be present for the meeting including me as I had class at that period. Therefore the final decision was made with only few people. However we all have received an e-mail to confirm the idea. I think that if everyone would have been present for the meeting will be much more effective and well communicated.
This was the previous idea for the logo and the layout. The main message was that there is a tree on the background and STOP sign. The STOP sign represents the idea of the barriers that stops sustainability. I really liked the tree design on the background, however STOP sign is negative in a sence, so the first impression when one sees the picture will be like 'beware'. That is the only disadvantage I found about this layout.
Barriers to innovation: Focus sustainability
Structural barriers: ".. making sustainabile choices feels like swimming upstream. In particular, sustainable alternatives cost more and/or less convenient thn the status quo" (Rossel and Fur, 2006)
Problem of being creative is difficult because people bring conformaty...
... missing the assumptions and expectations..Force habit-is a key driver how we/businesses do things. Nation of consuption exists.
Different parts of the world have different understanding of what is good and what is bad. GOOD LIFE. To be sustainable you dont use innovation.. the question is how to engage innovation..
-Structural and mindset barriers are quite close to each other.
-Information and communication barriers, when there is lack of information, if information is lost or its unreliable. People say thet there is a lack of reliable information. People behaviour differ. Product labels- UK is very strong about putting information about products energy etc. ecological or social footprints.
The measure nations use to assess performance (such as GDP)
Measurement system is a huge barrier. Using innovation to get around with barriers.
What is true and what isn't, we dont know who to believe.
...people misstrust to things they don't know, for example the notion of sustainability.. Government- 'in god we trust'..
...weak sense of communication and engagement, less u engage less outvome u get. Design place yet another role, not about creating a new product. It is about creating emotional communication.
The term 'sustainability' itself
Disengage...sustainability as a barrier..It is difficult to engage with complex problems..it is a challenge for us..
Monday, 9 November 2009
- from back home eg. Kazakhstan
- for example: sustainability innovation in terms of technology
- Introduction- overview of the company
- background theory, links between
- Main body
Saturday, 7 November 2009
I found this image online and i think it is very different and innovative. The backround is black, but the boarders are very bright, green and blue. Green represents sustainability and being green, friendly to the environments, blue colour represents the world and sky. Blue colour therefore means freedon, no boundaries. Therefore it will feet with the theme of our event, if we will have black t-shirts with this kind of image and names of the country we come from.
The image of hands holding the world has a deep meaning. In my opinion the meaning of this image will be that everything is in our hands, and we can make change, but we need to handle the world carefully, in order not to damage our world. We can use this image on our t-shirts, but i am not sure that it will be innovative and creative enough, because we can see similas images everywhere, it is a bit obvious, but ofcourse if we add something to differentiate, it would be nice.
This an example of how we could show the place we are from on the map, on our t-shirts
This is another way of highlighting the country, in this case it is Kazakhstan, highlighted in red, but we can make it green to represent sustainablity.
Taking into account that our project is about innovation, and the barriers to sustainability innvation it is useful to brainstorm ideas regarding this subjects in order to organise event. As a group, we all agreed that the main theme of the event will be innovation, therefore we all had to come up with more ideas about the presentation as well as clothing. We wanted to have a globe of the world (map) and countries names on the t-shirts. Therefore it will represent globalisation and the countries we are from, which I think is very nice idea. In addition to that we had to find out how much it will cost to have some prints and pictures on our tshirts to fit the budget.
Subject: Re: Design group work! Ideas for T-shirt and invite
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Quick overview of our thoughts:
Theme: Globalization, which feeds in nicely because we all have such a diverse background
Location: Art Gallery? Regents College? lets try to get it for free
Number of people to attend: 25
'Gadgets': White T-shirts + our country name printed in the countries flag colors, or green (for environment)?, Globes for the tables, a big map of the world where we put little dots of where we are all from.
Guest speaker: Zac Goldman? editor of the Ecologist?
To do this week: lets gather some options for locations, so we can see if we get it for free, Lets find out how much it costs to do 13 t-shirts, so we can start allocating the budget. Find out if we can get Zac Goldman, gather some fun ideas for the Theme Globalization, (eg. Bule, white and green drinks).
Email me to keep me up to date with any ideas you might have.
Creative approach is also a big part for this project, because student are asked to come up with creative ideas in order to organise the event and use the knowledge gained throughout the learning process.
I agree with this statement, because I think that ideas are fragile. If one has idea, and then it is not implemented or not properly developed, then the idea has no value lately. If you want your idea to become an outcome or transfer it to tangable thing, then it is important to make sure you are taking care of it, work on it and develop. That is how i understand this quote..