Facilitating Innovation in Your Organization

Date: Feb 28, 2013
Time: 09:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Wilder Center 
451 Lexington Pkwy N., St. Paul

Fee: $45 for MCN members / $65 for nonmembers Register Now!

Do you feel the constant pressure to attract new funders and clients to sustain your organization's work? In that immediate pressure, it is easy to forget the previous bursts of innovation in your organization that made the current work possible. This training will offer tools and activities for tapping into the sources of innovation in your organization and field. You will leave with activities that you can use in your organization to assess and spark innovation that leads to impact and funding.

The workshop will introduce activities you can use in your organization to engage your team members in assessing where your work is on the spectrum from conservation to innovation. Using the examples of pressing issues you are facing in your organization, we will experientially move through steps in a process for collective innovation.

For each step in the innovation process, we will sample exercises that you can use in your own work with the following steps in innovation:

  • Clarify your team's intent
  • Deeply investigate the needs and systems you are seeking to change
  • Retreat and reflect to access new insights
  • Quickly build prototypes that develop practical solutions
  • Scale innovation for social benefit

These steps in the innovation process will be illustrated with stories from the nonprofit sector, your reflections, and experiential activities. We'll reflect on how you can adapt and apply these activities to increase performance and impact in your organization.

Expected learning outcomes:

  • Ability to apply a framework and set of practical tools to facilitate innovation
  • Ideas developed and tailored to your specific organizational setting
  • Ideas for how your organization can contribute to innovation in your field and the collective impact your field seeks
  • Connections with other nonprofit innovators

This workshop will be followed by Evaluating Innovation: Information to Help Foster Creativity and Impact, led by Leah Goldstein Moses from 1 – 3:30 p.m. Join both sessions to learn about the full process of innovation – from the development of your ideas to evaluating your impact. Attendees are welcome to bring a lunch.

About the Presenters

Michael BischoffMichael Bischoff has been facilitating visioning, program development, and evaluation with nonprofits in Minnesota for the past 18 years, both as a staff member and consultant. Michael is currently the lead consultant at Clarity Facilitation. He and Sam are two of the leaders of the Social Innovation Lab, which fosters innovation and learning across sectors and issues.



Sam GrantSam Grant is a social entrepreneur – committed to environmental health, cooperative economic wealth, and cultural integrity and well being. He has organized around these core concerns since 1983, and currently plays a lead role in 2 nonprofits locally – AfroEco and Full Circle Community Institute.


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