Innovation North (formerly the Innovation Learning Lab) is based on the belief that corporations can create a future where businesses and society thrive. Created in 2019 by Dr. Tima Bansal, Innovation North is the only collective that connects systems innovation researchers with large enterprises to help them integrate systems thinking into their business strategy through their innovation practices.
Over the past two years, Innovation North has brought together Practice Partners across different sectors, a 10-member research team, and world-class speakers to co-create a Made-in-Canada approach to innovation – one that challenges traditional frameworks and invites leaders to imagine opportunities to positively impact their own organizations and the world.
Lab Sessions are held quarterly until 2024. Innovation North designs gatherings that spark creativity, foster dialogue, and provide opportunities for reflection and learning in order to align organizational value with personal values. The research team observes the sessions and garner insights from the provocateurs, peer-to-peer dialogue, and journals. Innovation North has hosted world leaders in systems thinking such as Peter Senge and Otto Scharmer. The Lab have also been intentional about broadening perspectives and invited Melanie Goodchild to share an Indigenous perspective to innovation. Special topics, such as collaboration and systems mapping, has featured scholars such as Terry Irwin, Gideon Kossoff, Jorrit De Jong, and Andrea Romi. Find out more about the Lab in the video below:
Innovation Projects are opportunities offered by the Practice Partners to apply the learnings from the Lab Sessions. These projects advance knowledge in systems-based innovation with shareable learnings, which informs research and allows our Practice Partners to practically integrate systems innovation into their strategy and ongoing work. Some recent projects include:
- Tackling the challenges of single-use plastics in Canada with NGen
- Exploring innovation uses for food waste in Southwestern Ontario with COIL
- Developing an innovative financial instrument to tackle the biodiversity crisis with NEO
Both the Lab Sessions and Innovation Projects are working towards building a toolkit – the Innovation North Compass – to offer companies a systems-based approach to innovation. At the Lab's completion in 2024, Practice Partners will be seen as international leaders creating a higher value(s) future.
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Innovation North partners with organizations building critical innovation capabilities that mitigate the threats of disruption, uncover detrimental unintended consequences, shape their strategic and competitive context, and benchmark the evolution of their own innovation processes over time.