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COMMUNITY
OF PRACTICE

INNOVATED
BY DESIGN


In this Community of Practice, we gather six times over one year. Topics are:

  1. Design Thinking;
  2. The Character of an Innovative organization;
  3. Research design to drive innovation;
  4. Innovative Business Modelling;
  5. Prototyping to mitigate risk;
  6. Impact definition and evaluation

In the Community of Practice Innovated by Design (CoP Innovated by Design), we, as innovation managers, learn from each other’s experiences with innovation. Because of the group’s diversity, the experiences are also very diverse, which makes us learn faster and from multiple perspectives.

The CoP Innovated by Design comprises ± 20 innovation managers from governments, non-governmental organizations, companies and academia. The size of the organizations in which we work also varies. This diversity helps us look at our organization, obstacles and opportunities differently.

In the community of practice, we learn from each other and experts. In every meeting, an expert addresses a topic and guides us in applying gained knowledge to our context. In workshops, we learn at an accelerated pace what stumbling blocks are and what needed accelerators to achieve results.

DAY 1

20|01|23

DESIGN THINKING AS A MEANS TO INNOVATION

Often companies innovate from their core competencies. When we want to develop innovations, it is important to understand for whom we are innovating and in what context our innovation will be of service. We acquire that understanding not from behind our desk but by walking in the shoes of the beneficiaries and working with them to arrive at the best working solution.

Jan Van Caneghem

We explore with Jan Van Caneghem, design researcher at WAAI and lecturer at Erasmus University Brussels

DAY 2

17|03|23

THE INNOVATIVE CHARACTER OF MY ORGANIZATION?

Start-ups are built around innovation. Testing, failure and iterative development is in their DNA. But how do I develop the innovation nature of a larger organization with a long history, a hierarchical structure and a multitude of departments? What is the importance of a clear mandate? How do I create a safe space and how do I measure differently than with traditional KPIs?

We explore that with Kris Vander Velpen, professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

DAY 3

12|05|23

RESEARCH DESIGN FOR DESIGN RESEARCH

With the popularization of design thinking, standard templates are increasingly being used to investigate. Unfortunately, there are no standard questions to investigate who the beneficiaries are and what their context is. Nor can you use a simple template to research the environmental factors in which your solution adds value. But how do you design that research?

Jan Van Caneghem

We explore with Jan Van Caneghem, design researcher at WAAI and lecturer at Erasmus University Brussels

DAY 4

07|07|23

BUSINESS MODEL INNOVATION
HOW YOU DO IT?

A business model defines your company’s role in the environment and how it creates value. Business models must meet the needs of the beneficiary and its mental model.
Business Model Innovation helps you do that. By productizing services or vice versa. But also by developing exponential business models.

We explore business model innovation with Prof. Dr. Rudy Moenaert, full professor at TIAS.

DAY 5

08|09|23

MITIGATE RISKS WITH PROTOTYPES

Using a design-driven approach, we iteratively build solution. Through co-creation, user research and testing, we explore needs and possibilities. An approach with a multitude of prototypes: such as rough prototypes, clickable mock-ups and low code. These give us insight into the use of our solution without development costs. But how do you get started?

We learn from Craig Soenen of Made all about prototyping.

DAY 6

10|11|23

INNOVATE WITH IMPACT, MEASURE THE EFFECT

We innovate to improve something in the lives of the people we work for. As we develop, how do we already determine what we want to improve and how do we examine the impact we will make, even before the service or product is there? How do we measure that impact after launch? How do we examine the impacts on the environment? What are the different methodologies?

Eva Wuyts researcher in impact evaluation at UC Leuven-Limburg.