Innovation week progress report #1

Last Wednesday’s ISIS morning on Innovation and Public Private Partnerships has already been covered extensively here.

Thursday I discovered and worked in Mike’s anti-café, which is the sort of innovative service our ITMP students come up with in Christian Schach’s course on « Etude d’Opportunité ». The concept fits in with the theme of the book the ITMP students wrote and publishes in 2009 – Innovation et Retournement  – which you can order here! In the café it was a nice surprise to meet Nicole GUILON, a 2002 graduate of ESIEE’s MISTE Adanced Masters programme.

Françoise Cohen-Cassuto’s article was on the « @ » symbol. It was great to meet up with her in the late afternoon at another innovative café called Merci.  Our table was next to the section of the 15000 books which deals with innovation.  Next to the pot of mint scented water

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was Michel Godet’s book on Forecasting.

15 june_cheri godet

And forecasting is what the FING’s latest intitiative is about. That kicked off yesterday afternoon, and more about it below – at the end.

When the last ESIEE class of the year (with the wonderful ISBS students) finished at 12, I hastened across the Descartes campus to our neighbours – the D school. How such an innovative thing was able to spring up in our midst really intrigues me. Whoever it was who managed to kill or neutralise the thousands of antiprogrammes that must have been lying in ambush deserves a colossal prize. The result is a school centred on Design thinking, which in turn is centred on putting the USER at the heart of the design process, and this doxa is close to the ITMP heart!  It’s full of young,  enthusiastic, bright and international students, supported by not so young but enthusiastic astute and influential managers and driven by a young,  enthusiastic, bright, and international staff, which ITMP lecturer and ESIEE prof Aurélie Delemarle is joining as of September.  I managed to catch the final two student project presentations. One concerned a very difficult project, which won the first phase of the Paris Solar Decathlon Project.  The Franco Japanese D-school team took us through the difficulties of finding their place among the 70 students from 8 schools, whose task it will be to actually construct in 10 days the energy independent solar house whose design won the first part of the contest.  Here the antiprogrammes which the team had to fight were poor communication, an interfering hierarchy, and a language and thinking gap between architecture students and engineering students. The « real thing »! Their most successful anti anti programme was a Facebook page that instantly drew all 70 students together. Well deserved applause!!

The final D school team talked about how they handled their brief : Make visible the eco-efficiency of the Coriolis building, which is the home of the D School.

Everything they said, did and showed was really brilliant.  Most of all I liked their tree dashboard. They had replaced the classic red, amber, green traffic light metaphor with a tree: barren and leafless = bad news. Leafy and branchy = good news. Their project deserves a special report, which I hope to do later.  Meanwhile, here’s a link to their site.

On my way to work that morning I suddenly remembered that 40 years ago we were the second cohort to sit our LSS finals in Manchester.  It had been a wonderful experience studying and being with the inspiring teachers who had started the innovative LSS degree. Today the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research is Europe’s biggest.   The D-School really deserves the same success as we made our way to the post morning barbecue…

15 june_d school barbecue

which was a great success,

15 june_dschool barbecue view

…especially when Mike announced to the assembled that « there are strawberries to be picked for dessert in the bushes behind you »!

Last stop of the day was the Futur en Seine Innovation festival.

Well over 20 people came to the first FING Controversy workshop at the 104 building. FING founders Daniel Kaplan and Jacques-François Marchandise

15 june_fing bosses

briefed us on controversy mapping, showed some recent relevant websites by Telecoms students, and even mentioned the ESIEE exhibition (uur best ESIEE posters will be donated to FING). They explained how this year’s controversy focused project fitted in with the FING’s overall programme of forecasting and foresighting possible trends and developments in the digital sector –  here was the link to Godet’s book at the café Merci!

I’ve launched and supervised thousands of controversies at ESIEE but this was the first time I myself was in a team! Our task was to explore the question : « Are people buying into the sharing movement (car sharing, Airbnb, etc.)  by constraint or by choice ». It was great to be part of a team and frustrating that it should be an ephemeral team; we covered only about 1% of the issues and mapped nothing.  After an hour’s work, we shared our thoughts with the other team (on which was ITMP08 Christelle Fritz!) Their task was to explore the concept of digital natives. Behind the partition, the rest of the participants were coming up with possible controversy topics. The fruits of our joint labour were then posted onto the CONTROVERSARIUM.

15 june_fing contreoversarium

More on all this later!

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I run an advanced Masters programme on project management and innovation at ESIEE
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