Basecamp (noun). A main encampment providing supplies, shelter, and communications for persons engaged in wide-ranging expeditions.
A couple of years ago, my friend and mentor Christian Long from Wonder by Design guided some Malvern Prep teachers through a three-day experience with design thinking. At the start he told them, "We are going on a journey, and every great journey embarks from a basecamp."
I have chosen Basecamp as the name for our innovation collaborative to capture the spirit and ethos of heroic journeys. All great journeys challenge us to be:
- Mission driven. Great journeys are always inspired by a deep sense of purpose.
- Entrepreneurial. Great journeys are unpredictable, and that means they require creative problem solving.
- Pluralistic. Great journeys call for inclusive teams, whose diverse talents can be harmonized by shared values.
To preserve and deepen your organization's mission in a world of accelerating change, you will need to go on an innovation journey. And, as Christian Long said, every journey needs a basecamp.
What is your greatest innovation gap?
How does your mission call on you to respond?
And as you prepare for that journey, what will your basecamp look like?
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