Three months in to the Innovate to Save programme, our seven R&D projects are really getting stuck in. Amidst the challenging work of innovating a public service, it can be easy to forget to take stock of the impact the projects are having on the people who use that service. And as the end of R&D approaches, those that will make decisions about the continuation of that work will need to hear what has happened.
Bootcamp 2 focused on communication and storytelling. How to refine your work into a pitch and persuade those around you that your work is vital? How to show and talk about shared challenges and common obstacles? How to think about your story and why it matters? What resources do you need to do all this effectively?
We started the day off with a pitching session by Steve Lee. This was a great opportunity for projects to refresh on who their ‘audience’ is and what they really need to know. And to concisely describe their project, goals and ask in a 90 second pitch.
Three pieces of advice we took away?
Bringing the cohort together gave us a chance to talk through common challenges or worries that come with running an innovative project. We made full use of the wealth of knowledge and experience in the room by running a ‘cohort advice clinic’ where projects could talk through challenges and come up with action plans advised by other teams.
What we learned by talking to each other:
Telling a good and compelling story can be the key to reaching the next stage with your project. By the time our Innovate to Save projects conclude their R&D this summer, they will have been on an exciting and inspiring journey, so we believe it’s important to start thinking about telling that story from the beginning. Managing assets in an organised way, documenting the journey in different ways and exploring various storytelling formats early on can help you pull together a great story at the end.
Telling and honing your story with others can bring better understanding of everything you have achieved so far
We really believe that cohort learning works. Telling and honing your story with others can bring better understanding of everything you have achieved so far and what is left to do. The opportunity to talk through similarities within their projects, problem solve together and learn new skills can be invaluable. We look forward to sharing the Innovate to Save project stories with you later this year.