Innovation recognized at City Hall with awards program

Did you know that the City of Barrie has an Innovatology Program? If yes, you are likely a step ahead of the rest of us who aren’t all that familiar with the term.
Luckily, we have a memo from Dana Clarke, innovation analyst, to city council explaining it all.
“Innovatology is the study of innovation throughout our organization, including the discovery, recognition, and facilitation of innovative practices at the City of Barrie. In January 2018 we launched our formal Innovatology program with the support of our Innovatology coaches of 2016 and 2017.”
Last year, five “community of practice” meetings were held, along with the first Innovators Breakfast, writes Clarke. Topics included: Understanding the Problem, Process Mapping versus Journey Mapping, Divergent & Convergent Thinking, Choosing Ideas and Piloting & Prototyping.
The team celebrated Innovation Day on April 15, during World Creativity and Innovation Week. The United Nations launched Innovation Day in 2017 as a means of sparking creative thinking to meet the challenges of the 2030 Sustainable Development goals.
Regular communication about the program includes an Innovatology newsletter for staff. It currently has 195 subscribers. The initiative also includes an awards program to drive staff engagement.
“The divisional monthly innovation award program recognized 38 innovations across the organization between March 2018 and March 2019, including some community-facing initiatives, as well as internally focused activities designed to improve productivity,” writes Clarke.
Check out the list of initiatives that garnered awards here.

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