Luke Hohmann propagated the idea of an “Innovation Game.” An innovation game in its classic form is nothing but primary market research that engages customers in games to seek feedback on product launches. But what is most unique about Innovation Games is that they allow for open-ended exploration of the product and the idea.
When we ask ourselves what steps India needs to take to become an Innovation Society, it is nothing but asking Indians to think about a new paradigm, a new product or a new service as a citizen. But to ask them to do so by citing examples of other societies and nations is like asking an Eskimo to build an Igloo in the middle of the Sahara desert. There is no context, no experience and no application. For Indians to appreciate and acknowledge the premise of building an Innovation society, it is important that they understand and experience the three unquestionable principles on which an innovation society is built: trust, collaboration and inclusion.
At India@75 our commitment has been to allow Indians to realize the dream of a developed India by 2022, and building an innovation ecosystem is a driver and imperative change agent for such a dream to come true. During our thousands of workshops, Indians from different walks of life have resoundingly asked for a nation that becomes a leader in innovation, a nation that invents and not just adopts, a nation that becomes a natural home for innovations and innovators.
How does one build such a nation? What steps one will have to take? What steps will India and Indians have to take?
At Design Public we will have the opportunity to have different stakeholders together to discuss and debate on what steps can India take to become an Innovation Society. But since at the heart of such a society are principles of inclusion and collaboration we thought it best to take a leaf from Luke Hohmann and create an Innovation Game to allow participants to experience an open ended exploration of what constitutes an innovation society through the guiding principles of trust, openness, collaboration, ideation and inclusion.
If citizens are the consumers of this new paradigm then it makes perfect sense to involve them from the word GO. We will use simulation, collaboration, and information processing to allow participants to play a role in what could be a suggestive model to build an innovation society.