Innovation Day Summary
By: Owen Clapp
Pieces of paper are thrown away, sketches are redrawn, plans are executed, adjustments are made – innovation happens all around us. It litters our floors and populates our heads, especially within the Order of the Arrow. Whether it’s a simple variance in the way lodge event registration is done or the introduction of an entirely new program, there are opportunities to improve. Delegates at NEXT: A New Century developed realistic yet creative plans from their thoughts on lodge program during Innovation Day.
The Innovation Center was the epicenter for innovative discussion. Attendees from across the Order worked together to develop their ideas into future actions under a flow chart model. This model for discussion consisted of three basic components – Explore, Dream and Discover.
First and foremost was the process of Explore. Before an idea can become a reality, a basic understanding of the problem and logistics is required. The preliminary step was determining the pain point, the issue that needed to be solved. Furthermore, understanding the needs of those affected is crucial.
An interview format was in place that provided a medium for gaining insight on the issue and determining solutions. The interview challenged participants to look deeper into the needs of others and how the solution connected to the bigger picture. Together, focused on the future, deep discussions were held.
A stakeholder map, a layout for describing all people involved with the solution and problem, was instrumental in the progression of the delegates’ ideas. Post-It Notes™ served as a way for lodge contingent members to organize their ideas, helping them with further brainstorming. With all of the information and logistics involved with understanding of those impacted by the solution, further analysis finalized this section of the innovation process.
Following the portion of Exploration, participants put their heads into the clouds with the
Dream section. With a foundation in the reality of what the people impacted feel and want, each delegate put on their thinking cap and further built upon their solutions.
The LeaderX format was implemented into the process, and the shape of the ideas was fit into that mold. Simple questions led to extensive discussions on patterns, similarities and the combination of LeaderX in the stakeholder perspectives. The pain point was reviewed in order to draw focus on the problem and for a second time evaluate possible solutions. The notes were recorded and finalized into thought provoking questions from the LeaderX perspective, leading to possible solutions to the pain point.
The finale of the Innovation Day program was encapsulated in the Discover process. The groups got together, reviewing notes and drawing conclusions from previous discussions. LeaderX was implemented as a guide for generalizing themes, formulating stances on the pain point, and further brainstorming. Central to this portion of the flow chart is the personal and interactive prospect of participants growing the dreams from the basis of LeaderX.
Innovation was not the end but the beginning of a journey towards improving and growing the program of the Order of the Arrow. A strong and thought provoking foundation was laid that will carry into actions of lodge officers from diverse backgrounds. Intrigued and strengthened from the trainings and discussions from this conference, attendees will leave energized to make an impact in this NEXT century.