Innovation Unit commits to apply the lessons and insights from its seminal research into radical innovation in education for work. This research is based on high impact, well evidenced innovations from across the globe and was published by Bloomsbury in 2012. The focus is on forms of learning which better prepare people of all ages to make positive contributions to thriving economies and achieve their own independence and successful working lives. Innovation Unit is now committed to turning insights into action, at scale and globally.
Innovation Unit is expert in innovation, offering practical help to public service leaders to develop different, better, and lower cost public services. Innovation Unit also has a strong track record in creating the conditions for radical change:
-facilitating system transformation; Innovation Unit recently partnered with New York City to design and establish an Innovation Zone for schools that will significantly improve student outcomes
-building organizational capacity for innovation; Innovation Unit has coached large not-for-profits, health care organizations, and local government to create cultures and structures in which innovation can flourish
This combination of content and process expertise will enable Innovation Unit and its partners to co-develop, prototype, and implement at scale new forms of learning across whole cities.
Innovation Unit brings deep experience in building networks and alliances for diffusing and scaling innovation. This capacity will be central to realizing the Learning a Living commitment. As well as demonstrating new learning models with partner cities, Innovation Unit will build the infrastructure and appetite in cities across the world to adopt and spread them further.
In year one, Innovation Unit will build the partnerships, relationships, and business model that lie at the heart of redesigning an urban education system to orient it towards successful applied learning.
Innovation Unit will spend the first six months identifying global cities that have the political and executive appetite for radical change, and that can mobilize the private, public and third sector partners to pull it off.
During the second six months, Innovation Unit would convene its global city partners, and the Learning a Living innovators whose learning models lie at the heart of this work. This would be a co-development session with two key aims: to deepen understanding of and codify in detail innovators' models of learning; to co-design an innovation process that would stimulate, incubate and scale new learning models in each city. Finally, Innovation Unit would work in detail with each of its city partners to: begin building a case for change and a coalition to act on it; tailor the common innovation process to the context of each city; and agree a detailed timeline and outcomes for the work.
At the end of year one, Innovation Unit will have secured three city partners, ready and hungry for radical change. Each of these three cities will have a clear plan as to how they will prototype new learning models and create the governance, leadership and partnerships required to take them to scale.