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3 Ways To Create Innovation At Your Organization

Stuck in a rut? Looking for new ways of making revenue or scaling your impact? No matter how long you’ve been in business, it’s important to remain agile, inventive, and resourceful. Here are three recommendations for bringing your team together and helping drive scalable new ideas in order to create a sustainable future. 

  1. Think Big. Get Feedback
    Follow a lean strategy that creates fast cycles of building measuring and learning. Failing fast doesn’t mean failing in a way threatens your business. When thinking of new programs, products, services, or initiatives, it’s beneficial to have a thought partner that can provide you with feedback and coach you through cycles of invention, value proposition design, and ways to test the idea.
     
  2. Build Innovation Into Your Organization's Culture
    Consider building innovation and long term entrepreneurship training at your organization. For many organizations, the new year spells a great opportunity to invest in establishing a culture of invention and creativity. Research shows that the number one factor when it comes to retaining quality employees, particularly millennials, is facilitating their professional growth. Creating opportunities to drive lasting change through customized trainings is a great way to help staff work better and faster through challenges they encounter whether it be coming up with new programs or approaching problems.
     
  3. Bring Everyone Together for an Innovation Sprint
    Take a thought break. You can call it strategic planning, facilitated innovation workshop et. We're talking about a real scrum that pushes you and your team to do and think things outside the norm. Taking a half or full day may seem like a lot of time away from the desk, but in reality, by bring people together, you end up leveraging the diverse perspectives within your organization in order to amplify possibilities. The most complex problems, wicked problems as they are commonly referred to, require this type of inclusion. By bringing people together with the help of facilitator, you can get through the communication and knowledge barriers that often get in the way of innovation. 

Final Thought
In the spirit of Good to Great by Jim Collins, we feel that excellence is a choice. Organizations that can be agile, inventive, and resourceful do better. But it doesn't happen automatically. It takes getting the right people together to think big, change behaviors, and drive innovation. verynice has worked with hundreds of organizations to find new ways of making impact while making revenue and we can help you too! Learn about our business model design services by clicking the link below. 

Drones To Deliver Medical Supplies In Rwanda

Our team is constantly looking at what the future holds for those who want to make the world a better place. What's certain is that human centered use cases will continue to lead the way in the development of emerging technology. One California startup, Zipline International, is quite literally going the distance with it's medical delivery drone that aims to help thousands of people in remote parts of Rwanda by delivering blood and medical supplies from above. 

Flying Over Obstacles 

In what is know as the "land of a thousands hills," access to medical supplies is a challenge and the time it takes to deliver this type of package can mean the difference between life and death. According to Zipline's website, over 2 Billion people lack access to critical medical products, often due to challenging terrains and infrastructure for distribution. Zips can deliver up to three pounds of medical supplies, and travel up to 75 miles, at 100mph, on a single battery charge! This makes it possible for packages to be delivered within 30 minutes eliminating the need for onboard insulation, refrigeration, and a pilot. Each package is dropped within the space of two parking spaces. 

Evolving What It Means To Do Good

A large part of the success of this service is possible through the partnership Zipline has created with the Rwandan Government. This raises the question about how social impact is made. Do you have to be a nonprofit or NGO to change the world for the better? No. In fact, this is a great example of how a private company backed by strong investors (Sequoia Capital, Google Ventures, and Private Investors) can work with government, recruit the right talent (former Nasa, Boeing, SpaceX), create value through innovation, and differentiate itself in the market. For organizations large and small who want to make an impact while generating revenue, we recommend downloading the Models of Impact Toolkit or contacting our team for more information. 

Innovation

 

Innovation can happen in a variety of ways: novel scientific discoveries, repurposing existing technology, devising new business models, and bringing a product or service to a new location or population that was underserved. At verynice we take our partners through a variety of exercises that help uncover hidden value and better understand stakeholder's needs. Whether it's developing a new product or looking for ways to reframe the use of existing tools, learning is core to the process. How can you leverage these definitions of innovation to iterate or pivot in your product or service? 

The Future of Drone Technology

Zipline is one example of a company using drones for good. Whether you are working on a mapping project to visualize resource scarcity, or delivering much needed medical payloads, it should be clear that drones stand to change many of the ways we help make the world a better place. It's also important to address the barriers that are keeping us from fully leveraging unmanned aviation vehicles. At the top of that list is the question of safety and companies like AirMap are working to make it safer for us to do so. With so many opportunities for leveraging new technology, the next few years are shaping up to be full of surprises. Our VR Causes team recently took a drone into the Andes Mountains of Chile for use in storytelling. How can you use drone technology for good? We're ready to start that conversation.