About InnovoGraph and the NC IOE
InnovoGraph offers strategic innovation services and management consulting to include strategy, business model innovation and ecosystem development. InnovoGraph services apply research, discovery and design practices to unlock value creation, delivery and capture capabilities for clients. The NC IOE is an InnovoGraph capabilities demonstration, part of InnovoGraph’s public service commitment to North Carolina.
Innovation strategist and InnovoGraph owner Grant Millin positions the IOE value this way, “North Carolina is ready for a new way to process ideas, unmet needs and resources in an ‘ideas and solutions mashup’ social business environment. Podio and mind-mapping are used to take the potential of social media into a deeper work mode focused on some of our wicked problems like poverty and climate change.
At the same time these technologies and InnovoGraph’s knowledge base—and certainly with the assistance of NC IOE collaborators—can be used to support the ‘fuzzy front end’ of innovation process that most new and even mature entrepreneurs face. I call this combination of technology and human content linked to strategy context Open Strategic Innovation.”
Grant is a GroWNC consortium member and a Leadership Asheville Graduate. Grant and his family have been part of the North Carolina entrepreneurial and political scene since 1980. Grant has an interdisciplinary studies independent degree in Sustainability and Security Studies from UNCA. Grant’s also has Master of Entrepreneurship and Master of Project Management degrees along with MBA courses from WCU.
The development of strategies in relationship to unmet needs for many North Carolinians must become our next main growth industry… in our state, this nation and around the world. Despite best efforts a platform for creating, delivering and capturing a more positive, ethical innovation premium for our state is elusive. An entrepreneurial and innovative sprit exists, yet innovation has so far been essentially the domain of science and technology.
Grant adds, “The IOE is one demonstration, yet InnovoGraph’s OSI approach can be scaled down to assist specific individuals, organizations and communities, as well as industries… and mixing it all up in other IOEs outside of North Carolina.” Each person who can needs to work with strategic innovation, policies, foresight and sustainability to make their region as safe, as prosperous and as ecologically sound as possible.
The inertia propelling us to have ‘vision quest conversations’ that lead to no real change is very strong today. Using strategic innovation principles on an Enterprise 2.0 platform serves as a place to get at the real SWOT and at least better understand the current state for a better future state. Many of our state problems seem obvious, so why does the ‘obviously’ continue to generate a future emergency day after day? Maybe what we know needs a fresh approach in terms of working towards new results. Funded change on the ground is great, but it all has to have a front end of innovation and doing the front end work more effectively, efficiently and collaboratively is what the NC IOE can do.
NC IOE – OSI Sub-Ecosystems (Podio workspaces)
Here’s the place for free analysis and design regarding our state and points outside the state that matter to us… for example what’s happening in Washington, DC. The North Carolina Innovation and Opportunity Ecosystem has ten key workspaces or Centers of Excellence:
Mission, Vision and Values
The NC IOE will attain new and renewing value (innovation) for all citizens based in principles of responsible innovation. The NC IOE is a collaborative innovation network with the mission to design strategy ensuring that our state civilization operates in context to meeting a sustainable balance of human and environmental needs, and that our civilization is still a vibrant and equitable one. North Carolina will require a new and renewing state-wide capability to create, deliver and capture value as this strategy makes necessary for the foreseeable future. The NC IOE makes use of the scientific method, our minds and our souls, and our state and national strategic principles to aid in decision making.
The idea of NC IOE program completion means all innovations required for a sustainable North Carolina are at hand. It is more likely a major set of issues approached with a complex yet powerful chain link state strategy has yet to be ascertained as of Spring 2013. The unmet needs are too great and not fully known in a coherent manner agreed upon by enough participants.
Why an innovation and opportunity ecosystem for North Carolina?
Most people know it’s time for a chain link strategic approach to looking across our combined challenges and opportunities in civilization and the non-human environment for the right set of innovations. As Credit Suisse points out, global wealth will likely hit $345 trillion by time of President Obama’s last day in office. The amount of available money for all this innovation work is the last problem we have.
Aren’t our own existing strategies the challenge?
Strategies are all around us. Successful nonprofits, chambers of commerce, businesses, universities, hospitals and government entities all work with strategy and the management systems that support strategy. There’s no good reason for citizens and those leaders to not work with strategy collaboratively and connect to an innovation ecosystem that works for us all.
Less the ten percent of the NC IOE is dedicated to OSI VII – Governing, Policy, Law and Politics. The NC IOE is not a platform for one political party or another, but it is a platform for positive, ethical strategic innovation. Rational thinking towards hacking wicked problems is allowed in the NC IOE.
How can we aid an independent, strategic thinker like President Obama to use his second term most effectively? Where is government in Raleigh leading us? What are we asking everyone else to do? Are we mostly just complaining… or do we have strategy tools? What are we really doing right with our time and capabilities as individuals?
Some of those questions can be developed into strategies in OSI VII. However, part of InnovoGraph’s role as a strategy firm is to prompt more focus on other parts of the NC IOE so the work is not entirely focused on one realm at the expense of the others. How can our state fix problems and reduce the amount of new problems?
IOE members can work in the IOE workspaces focused on politics and government innovation, personal development… and to answer, “What is our highest aspiration as a state?” Part of the inspiration for the NC IOE is to resurrect principles found in the now deactivated North Carolina Progress Board. The NC Progress Board Scorecard is featured in the NC IOE mind map template for the West, and starting point for the Central and East portions of North Carolina. A modified “Rainforest” innovation ecosystem canvas is included.
There’s a space to form or support entirely new or ‘Intrapreneurship’ social innovation startups, or for future IOE partner organization initiatives. With standard social media we learned how to ‘mash-up’ conversations, news items and videos. With standard innovation ecosystems universities, existing corporations, VC, research and development contractors, and innovators learned how to match ideas with capital flow. The IOE is for the people of North Carolina to share research, discoveries and designs in a ‘mash-up’ of people, resources, ideas and data. Out of many, one.
What individuals used to do alone will now be more organized, and the ability to connect to another similar project—and possibly combine resources and the actual detailed project management effort to date—will be possible using a low adoption cost Enterprise 2.0 solution, Podio.
Mind-mapping is used to rapidly design conceptual structures including: strategy solutions, new business models and sub-ecosystems and ecosystem connections outside of North Carolina. Whether a Federal cabinet member, a scientist working on cancer, a computer programmer, a student, or a manger handed an undefined strategy in need of good policy and implementation… we are all processing data, information for better knowledge, understanding and wisdom (DIKUW).
We are all part of learning organizations and learning as individuals. The NC IOE is North Carolina’s scientific method to strategic innovation. Moving knowledge creation from the tacit to the implicit in an Enterprise 2.0 environment support knowledge management. OSI is the environment to turn the DIKUW process into project ‘mashups’ and strategic activities for faster, deeper and more coherent value creation, delivery and capture.
One People, Economy, Environment, Civilization = One North Carolina