IDIA Training on Managing Innovation for Impact

8-12 October 2018

The Rockefeller Foundation Conference Centre, Bellagio, Italy

  Photo credit: The Rockefeller Foundation

Photo credit: The Rockefeller Foundation

A pioneering course in innovation management

Finding innovative solutions to address complex development challenges is essential for driving progress towards the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. As the breadth and diversity of development innovation tools and approaches continue to increase, the ability of organizations to efficiently and effectively manage innovation processes, resources and relationships becomes ever more critical. 

To help address this challenge, the International Development Innovation Alliance (IDIA) is delighted to announce a unique opportunity for innovation managers from around the world to immerse themselves in a week of dynamic learning and skills development.

Designed and delivered by some of the world’s leading innovation thinkers and practitioners, this course provides essential training for organisations who are committed to managing innovation for greater impact, and is broadly structured around three learning modules identified in partnership with innovation managers from around the world:

  Photo credit: The Rockefeller Foundation

Photo credit: The Rockefeller Foundation

The Bellagio Conference Center, Italy 

The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, through a combination of conferences and residency programs, supports the work of scholars, artists, thought leaders, policymakers, and practitioners who share in the Foundation’s pioneering mission to “promote the well-being of humanity around the world.”

The Center supports  individuals and organizations who are working to improve the lives of poor or vulnerable people globally by convening prominent experts, influencers, and other key stakeholders to advance knowledge and form new partnerships, financial commitments, and initiatives.

The Bellagio Center has a record of major impact, from meetings that led to the Green Revolution and the Global AIDS vaccine initiative, to residencies that have furthered the work of some of the world’s finest artists, writers, and scholars. This legacy, the tranquil work environment on the shore of Lake Como in northern Italy, the diverse groups of people, and the promise of future achievements make Bellagio an inspiring and productive forum for fostering positive change.

1. Catalyzing innovation

The objective of this module is to help participants understand the rationale, challenges and opportunities associated with promoting and supporting development innovation for equity and social change in different institutional and country contexts, including effective targeting of the problem and strategies to mobilise a diversity of actors to respond.

2. Managing innovation

The objective of this module is to unpack the key stages of innovation from ideation to sustainable scale, and help participants navigate the broad range of innovation tools, management approaches and financing instruments available to inform their decision-making at different points within this process.

3. Valuing innovation

The objective of this module is to help participants with assessing the value of their innovation portfolios in different ways, and then effectively communicating that value to champion productive, innovation-enabling relationships with others in their institutions and country contexts.

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A unique experience for innovation managers

This course will combine inspirational ‘TED-talk’ style keynote addresses from innovation leaders with a rich variety of case studies, hypothetical scenarios and first-hand experiences to give participants content and skills that are immediately relevant and applicable to their needs. Taking advantage of the uniquely intimate lake-side environment of the Rockefeller Foundation’s Conference Center in Bellagio, Italy, participants and faculty will work together to unpack and address the key contemporary challenges that managers in innovation-supporting agencies face in making informed decisions and impactful investments.

As a residential course, participants will be able to spend a concentrated period of time grappling with the most challenging parts of innovation management, while also building strong and lasting relationships with other students and faculty members participating in the course.

In this way, participants will benefit from the ‘cohort effect’ – the richness of experience that comes from training as part of a community. This initiative is specially designed to help build strong and sustainable relationships across the diverse cohort of faculty and participants to enable fellowship and interaction far beyond the duration of the course itself.



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Deadline: 6.00pm EST, Monday 2 July 2018

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