Influential thinker and writer Peter F. Drucker on Innovation in the Social Sector:

“Innovation is change that creates a new dimension of performance. All nonprofit organizations must be governed by performance, not merely good intentions... In the social sector, as in business and government, performance is the ultimate test of an organization. Every nonprofit organization exists for the sake of performance in changing people and society... "

Drucker’s Five Principles of Innovation

From Innovation and Entrepreneurship by Peter F. Drucker

1. “Purposeful, systematic innovation begins with the analysis of the opportunities. It begins with thinking through...the sources of innovative opportunities.”

2. “Innovation is both conceptual and perceptual... Successful innovators...look at figures, and they look at people. They work out analytically what the innovation has to be to satisfy an opportunity. And then they go out and look at the customers, the users, to see what their expectations, their values, their needs are.”

3. “An innovation, to be effective, has to be simple and it has to be focused. It should do only one thing, otherwise, it confuses. All effective innovations are breathtakingly simple. Indeed, the greatest praise an innovation can receive is for people to say: ‘This is obvious. Why didn’t I think of it?’”

4. “Effective innovations start small... They try to do one specific thing.”

5. “A successful innovation aims at leadership [within a given market or industry]... If an innovation does not aim at leadership from the beginning, it is unlikely to be innovative enough, and therefore unlikely to be capable of establishing itself.”

Resources

The DYI (Development, Impact and You) Toolkit is a series of free, downloadable tools to help trigger and support social innovation

Starting 1 July 2016, anyone who sustains serious personal injuries in a motor vehicle accident will receive necessary and reasonable care and support regardless of fault. This change is needed as currently, Queensland’s Compulsory Third Party (CTP) insurance is a fault-based scheme, resulting in...
Deaf Services Queensland has recently launched its early intervention children’s service for deaf and hard of hearing children from 0-7 years, Hear for Kids . This service is the result of a merger with Hearing Impaired Children’s Therapy Inc. (HICTI), merging to become a dedicated children’s...
AMPARO Advocacy has been working to increase the participation of people with disability and their families from culturally and linguistically diverse communities, in activities that aim to prepare them for the National Disability Insurance Scheme. As part of this work AMPARO Advocacy has produced...
The Dementia-Friendly Home App is now available from Alzheimer's Australia. Using interactive 3D game technology Unreal Engine, the tablet app provides carers with ideas to make their home more accessible for people living with dementia. With 70 per cent of people with dementia living in the...
The Logan Project charts the journey of the city's aspiring singers and musicians as they work together to create a new, positive narrative for their city. Logan, Queensland has had a reputation for doing it tough, with high unemployment and sensationalised reports of racial tensions between...
Falls in older people are a major public health problem, with one in three older people falling each year. Fortunately, many falls are preventable if appropriate preventative actions are taken. FootHold is a foot and ankle exercise program developed by a team of Australian researchers. The...
A Churchill Fellowship offers ordinary Australians the opportunity to travel to the far edges of the globe to conduct valuable research in their field and bring back knowledge, experience, ideas and innovation for the betterment of their industry, community and Australia. Fellowships are awarded...
In a perfect world, all of your fans would see all of your posts in the news feed. But this is not a perfect world, and your Facebook posts are rarely seen by the people who’ve liked your Page. It might seem unfair, but when you get right down to it, Facebook users are the ones telling the news...
The Voicebox Project is an innovative program provided by PIR Gold Coast and Gold Coast Primary Health Network empowering a group of Gold Coast residents to share their stories and to help improve access to health and community services. The project consists of local Gold Coast people, with first...
Last week over 170 leaders from across the community, government, academic and corporate sectors joined Infoxchange to see Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull launch Ask Izzy . Ask Izzy is a free and anonymous online directory that helps Australians who are homeless find critical support services. The...

Pages

Deception Bay Community Youth Programs
Author: 
Brooke Reynolds, DBCYP

Deception Bay Community Youth Programs (DBCYP) is a community organisation that provides whole of life support for young people in Deception Bay. 

DBCYP have developed the iCreate program as a means to effectively engage young people...

Outcomes Working Group February 2015
Author: 
Richard Fahy, Lutheran Community Care

Lutheran Community Care’s vision is aligned to making quality of life better for the clients we serve. In the light of this it is important to us that we can also quantify what has changed for the client since they have been using our services. Through adopting an outcome-based framework we seek...

Nandjimadji art group
Author: 
Shelley Dunlop, QCOSS

You can now access a series of resources that showcase best practice HACC Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service delivery models. 

The three booklets tell the stories of innovative and positive service delivery practices that meet the cultural needs of their...

Sing and grow class group playing instruments
Author: 
Toni Day, Playgroup Queensland

Every child needs effective early childhood development experiences to be successful, but disadvantaged children can be least likely to get them.

Nobel Memorial Prize Laureate Professor James Heckman has proven that investing in the early childhood development of disadvantaged children...

Peter Kenyon
Author: 
Shelley Dunlop, QCOSS

Last week on 17 October 2014 the QCOSS State Conference - Building strength was held at the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Brisbane.

The program aimed to build on the strengths already existing within Queensland’s strong and resilient community service sector, as well...

Books
Author: 
Candice Bool, Open Minds

Open Minds recently participated in a research project called The Blue Portraits Project.  This project  proved to be a fantastic opportunity for the organisation to not only  increase its understanding of...

Green lightbulb
Author: 
Carly Allen, Manager Essential Services, Queensland Council of Social Services

Electricity prices have increased by 86 per cent over the last five years and this is having an impact on households across the state. Community organisations have reported growing numbers of clients presenting with financial stress as a direct result of an electricity bill they couldn’t...

Report
Author: 
Anne Curson, Queensland Council of Social Service

This month QCOSS releases the Rethinking Resources: Case Studies of Financial Resilience from Community Services report, in which community organisations from Queensland share how they are working to increase...

Community of practice
Author: 
Anne Curson, Queensland Council of Social Service

It’s uncomfortable, complex, frustrating and is the origin of many of our struggles. Change - it is something that we all experience daily but don’t necessarily embrace. In the community services sector, change is something that we are accustomed to in our work places. It is a process that can...

Pro Bono Australia logo
Author: 
Tiffany Tento, Queensland Council of Social Service

Pro Bono Australia founder, Karen Mahlab has delivered her top 10 trends for the social sector in 2014.

Karen's predictions include:

  • The future of reform
  • ...

Pages

See videos from StudioQ related to this topic

Share or Print