Beyond Traditional Leadership – Leading for Creativity

photo of Julia Smeed, Innovation Hub Project LeadBy Julia Smeed, Innovation Hub Project Lead

I was inspired this morning by Linda Hill, a Management professor and Co-Author of Collective Genius.  As I think about how we move forward in the Innovation Hub, I found myself nodding through her entire TED talk about how to manage for collective creativity.  Building the right team and fostering a safe and open community is how we will move ahead.  Take a look at the video and feel free to share your thoughts!

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Empathy & Design

photo of Julia Smeed, Innovation Hub Project LeadBy Julia Smeed, Innovation Hub Project Lead

In order to realize the Innovation Hub vision to create a seamless student experience for at the University of Toronto, we must gain a deeper understanding about the current student experience.  One way that we might approach this is using human-centred design, a creative problem solving approach using inspiration, ideation and implementation.  This approach will help us to empathize with students to best understand their experiences.

Brene Brown explains the difference between empathy and sympathy in the video below, highlighting that “empathy drives connection”:

What might we achieve for University of Toronto students if we always took an empathetic approach towards understanding the student experience?

In their article, Empathy on the Edge, IDEO experts Katja Battarbee, Jane Fulton Suri and Suzanne Gibbs Howard explain how they are using empathy based research techniques to better understand complex issues their customers face and uncover insights for innovation.  Their designers go to great lengths to put themselves in others’ shoes (like the chest waxing experience on page 5 – ouch!) so that they can understand challenges intimately and approach design from the standpoint of having had a lived experience that was similar to the experience of their customers.

The Innovation Hub will take a human-centred, empathy-based approach to uncovering insights for innovation!

Recap – Hub Progress to Date

photo of Julia Smeed, Innovation Hub Project LeadBy Julia Smeed, Innovation Hub Project Lead

We are so excited to launch the Innovation Hub blog to provide a space for dialogue about innovative mindsets and methodologies and to document the story of the Hub.  Over the past two months we’ve been busy identifying our domains for innovation and preparing to build the Innovation Hub teams.  I’d like to first take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to the hundreds of students, staff and faculty who were part of this process.  It’s been so wonderful to work collaboratively and I am so excited to continue this work with you! Continue reading “Recap – Hub Progress to Date”

Creating the Domains for Innovation

photo of Julia Smeed, Innovation Hub Project LeadBy Julia Smeed, Innovation Hub Project Lead

Since the launch and the Day of Learning, our five Domains for Innovation have been evolving.  A team of over 30 Ambassadors continued this work which led to six versions of the domains for innovation.  We are so pleased to say that thanks to all of the input and feedback from the community, we have landed on the following five domains: Continue reading “Creating the Domains for Innovation”