Human-serving organizations must seize the benefits of innovation, as they face extreme pressures to generate meaningful unique ideas and effective solutions to tough challenges with limited resources. More and more, organizations are realizing the need to reinvent themselves and the social sector.

The answer lies in Innovation Engineering, a new science developed by Eureka! Ranch that democratizes innovation from a field dominated by corporate gurus, to a mindset and culture that can be adopted by the social sector. Innovation Engineering allows for increased speed in innovation and decreases the risk.

The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities’ Innovation Engineering cohort is appropriate for organizations that need assistance in:

  • Pursuing new strategic opportunities in response to disruptive forces from uncertain political and economic climates
  • Developing the capacity to innovate quickly and fail cheaply
  • Planning for innovative long-term strategies
  • Networking with diverse social sector organizations from across the country

The value of this cohort is $45,000, but thanks to the Alliance’s partnership with Eureka! Ranch, Alliance members only pay $13,860-$21,860 (depending on how many staff participate).

Learn more about the Innovation Engineering cohort by reviewing the full description and sample agreement. Download the application online and apply by Dec. 18, 2017.

After applying, organizations must participate in an Innovation Engineering QuickStart course:

  • Dec. 11-13, 2017 at the Radisson Hotel Fargo in Fargo, North Dakota
  • Jan. 23-25, 2018 at UMFS in Richmond, Virginia
  • Feb 6-8, 2018; location TBD—host for a further cohort discount
  • Feb. 20-22, 2018 at Longview Mansion in Kansas City, Missouri
  • March 20-22, 2018; location TBD—host for a further cohort discount

Direct questions about the application process to Peter Metzger, project manager at the Alliance.

Direct questions about the content of the cohort to Rehana Absar, associate director of the Center on Leadership.