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#21 The Innovation Olympics

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The Serious Innovation Newsletter #21

Is it possible to compete in innovation? Can you judge new solutions against each other and decide which one is the most creative? Maybe… maybe not, but if the Eurovision Song Contest can become such a success then the Innovation Olympics might also work. There are many different initiatives around the world that are trying to take the pole position and create a profile as the innovation award country no.1.

Our beloved neighbors in Denmark are one of the frontrunners. Index 2005 runs from September to November and is Denmark’s attempt to create an alternative Nobel Prize when it comes to design and innovation. The Danish government has written a manifest that proclaims that they are to become the most creative country on the globe and to “out-innovate” the rest of the world. The Index 2005 concept contains an event, a conference and a prize ceremony. The initiative has gathered a number of creative leaders from around the world to take part in different workshops around the topic “how to improve human life”. Certainly a wide topic, but you and the rest of the public has the chance to see what they come up with in an exhibition at the city hall in Copenhagen later this fall. At the event in Copenhagen – and even for a day in Malmoe – are some 30 creative souls giving speeches and working on innovation issues, for example: Alan Webber (founder of Fast Company Magazine), John Petersen (Founder of the Arlington Institute), Jörgen Vig Knudstorp (CEO, Lego) and Uffe Elbek (Principal at the KaosPilot University). Apart from creating new concepts they will also hand out the prizes for the most creative solutions that have been sent in to the contest. The different areas of the contest are interestingly enough shaped from a designer perspective rather than a scientific dito: body, home, community, work and play. Remains to be seen what kind of solutions that will win. Five winners are rewarded with 100.000 euro each.

Another innovation prize that has been both praised and criticized is the Harvard Institute’s prize for innovation solutions in the public sector. 18 ideas where selected where the majority where different creative ways to cut cost in the official budget. A bit conservative to be acknowledged for being creative some would say. More is to be expected from the country that is regarded as the no.1 innovation country. With the US self image in mind they probably think that there is no need for a more clear innovation profile. Five Winners are rewarded with 100.000 dollars each in this competition.

So, obviously we can compete in innovation – the whole world is in a constant innovation competition whether we like it or not. In Sweden there are unfortunately no plans in going forward with an international innovation competition. Maybe its time for Sweden to continue its prestige prize profile and next to the Nobel Prize and the Polar Prize introduce a new innovation trophy. What about the great Eureka Prize, The Torso Trophy or the Sweden Cup (as in Americas Cup)? The latter could be done with qualifying heats in different international cities under the name Björn Borg Underwear Cup… Food for thought.

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