I want to applaud OPM for their new Innovation Lab. Christian Bason and I were given the opportunity to facilitate a strategic direction setting workshop at the end of March 2012. It was an amazing opportunity to watch a new design thinking, innovation lab come to life.
The Innovation Lab was led, under the visionary direction of Director John Berry, by Matt Collier, Special Assistant and Presidential Appointee. It is really hard work to create such a special space for innovation and very impressive. The entire endeavor is inspiring, courageous and demonstrates leadership in our government for human centered design approaches.
Along with the privilege has come a sense of how big the initiative really is. It’s helped me think, in very real terms, what it means to actually create a federal innovation lab designed to work and think differently.
I used to think there might be one innovation lab, but now my thinking is evolving to the idea of clusters of public innovation spaces in the United States. Design thinking is a great tool for identifying the construct, but not the only process needed. As always, the workshop participants made all the difference and taught us a lot about how to approach the task.
OPM invited an excellent mix of key thought leaders alongside their own leadership staff. The combination was powerful to watch in action, as new paradigms were introduced and the possibilities explored. I know they are working on some great projects and I’m looking forward to the outcomes.
I have to say it was totally cool to be able to be a part of it.
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