District 287 Innovation Forum Overview
One of the tools we use at District 287 to increase the speed with which we create, evaluate, and develop ideas is our District 287 Innovation Forum. The idea for this forum comes from the work of Steven Johnson, who argues that good ideas are very much a product of lots of people smashing together the bits and pieces of ideas until they eventually evolve into solid ideas worth implementing. At District 287, we welcome anyone who would like to join the conversation to participate in our forum. As of April 2013, we now have a small core of prolific partipants and a much larger core of oberservers. We recently passed our 7,000th post covering more than 1,000 different topics on innovation in education.
We often hear the comment, "When would I ever have time to read all that and participate? I'm too busy!" Well, one of the points we stress in working with innovation is to use new activities to replace existing, less efficient activities. For those of us who use the Innovation Forum regularly, we've found that we can significantly reduce the need for meetings. Not that all meetings are bad, mind you, but we've found that a good discussion on the Innovation Forum can often be more productive and much less time consuming than using a traditional meeting format to develop ideas. In short, it saves us time and allows us to develop ideas more quickly.
Anyone is free to create and reply to topics on the Innovation Forum. It only takes a moment to register and be a part of the solution. For more information on the Innovation Forum and to learn how to get started, please watch the video below.