Yesterday, treatment Innovation Parkour (IP) co-creators, Matt Milan and Michael Anton Dila led the first IP live fire exercise at the Net Change Week at MaRS. We had almost 40 participants, who were ultimately divided into 6 project teams. After an introduction to the core ideas of Innovation Parkour, the participants were set an assignment and given 60 min to complete it, report back to the rally-point and present their group’s response to the challenge.
After making the disclosure that Innovation Parkour is a “social software” project in alpha and that they were the code base, the participants dove into a project to discovery and design a tour of Toronto’s Discovery District.
We learned a lot. We had set out to challenge three myths of innovation: that’s it is always expensive, time-consuming and requires deep specialization. The group’s work and presentations after just an hour of working with people they’d just met were remarkable validations of some of our assertions and theory.
As we toss this out to the group of participants I hope they’ll add their impressions, describe what they experienced and learned and that they’ll share more of their work/media from the session.
Thanks all, for the lively discussion, thoughtful questions, your insights and your participation.
Here’s the presentation we gave: