Making #UNInnovation the new normal

Doing different things and doing things differently: This has been a driving force in the creation of the Innovation Toolkit. As the United Nations faces a number of pressing issues, we need to be ready with the means to create new and inventive solutions. We’re inspired by what’s been achieved through innovation by different people across the UN and now it’s time to make innovation the new normal.

In his own words, the Secretary-General encourages everyone to, “Be bold, be revolutionary….and disrupt…because without innovation, there is no way we can overcome the challenges of our times.”


Accessible anytime anywhere

Developed by the UN, for the UN, this digital platform - accessible anytime, anywhere from your computer, tablet or mobile phone - should help inspire ideas. This invaluable resource includes twenty-one tools, step-by-step directions, worksheets, case studies, references as well as a 27-question assessment which provides a diagnosis on every user’s strengths and areas for improvement. You can also discover what kind of innovation profile you have: are you a “Collaborator,” a “Trailblazer,” or perhaps a “Implementor?”.

UN leadership

The Toolkit, which was developed at the behest of the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres under the leadership of the Secretariat of the United Nations System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB), in close collaboration with the UN Innovation Network and other partners, has been entrusted to UNSSC to ensure wide dissemination and integration into relevant capacity building and innovation efforts.

A living resource

Designed to be a “living” resource, the toolkit will be improved based on user feedback.

The Toolkit engineers built this mechanism on five foundational parts that are significant in fostering innovation. Together, they form the acronym, S.P.A.C.E.: Strategy, Partnerships, Architecture, Culture and Evaluation.

No matter what the challenge or the newness of solutions that people are attempting to reach, the Toolkit is intended to help the UN stimulate and maintain innovation. Through conversations based on results from the Toolkit, we can take innovation at the UN to unprecedented levels. It’s a cultural shift in office mentality, but well worth the effort and outcome.



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