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Several months ago, we put out our draft Sustainability Methodology Overview Poster for critical review and feedback via LinkedIn.

…And we received a tremendous response from professionals all over the World:

  • Over 25,000+ post impressions
  • 300+ comments & observations
  • 200+ people sent the working draft
  • 150+ professionals reached-out with critical feedback & suggestions
  • 80+ new connections
  • 20+ one to one conversations

We’d like to thanks all those who gave their valuable time, insights and thinking. Since then, we updated the 18 Sustainability Methodologies Overview poster, taking on-board and applying as much of the feedback and suggestions as possible.

Aims of the overview poster

Oftentimes simply getting an understanding of all the different innovation methodologies, buzz-words and lingo can be confusing and misleading to teams.

We frequently get asked questions around how innovation methods relate to one another.

  • When do you typically use a certain method across project life-cycle?
  • What do all these methodologies look like more high level?
  • Why do you use a particular method at one stage vs another?
  • Where are the cross-overs and iteration points?
  • Where did we start our project and was it the wrong place?
  • Should we move backwards because we are missing some critical knowledge around our assumptions

The methodologies poster helps frame difficult questions and challenging discussions. Teams can then see where they are at, and what kinds of methods might be suitable at any given moment.

Overview of 18 sustainability innovation methodologies in an overview diagram and how the methods overlap at which stage of the innovation and business design process.
Overview of each methodology and how it relates to the next
Specific example tools for each stage of the project lifecycle
Typical underlying steps of each tool or method

Intended outcomes

We hope that you’re inspired to place this methodology overview poster in your digital workspaces and white boards when running a project, so that you can:

  1. Show how sustainability methodologies loosely interrelate across the innovation or project life-cycles.
  2. Inspire your teams to develop better sustainability innovation capabilities by seeing the complete picture.
  3. Learn which kind of tooling is involved at each methodology phase.
  4. Teams able to make better decisions about what methodology to apply, when and why.

Special thanks to all those who gave feedback

We like to thank the following people who gave wonderful insights and feedback:

Sarah Donnelley, Len Collier, Rebekka Bogner, Marcel Collignon, Maria Paula Lozano, Steffen Entzeroth, Maartin Mills, April Readan, Stan Reimgen, Nynke Visser, Mari Ostin, Trine Markusson Kvalberg, Felipe Zapata, Anna Pestalozza, Daniel Gros, Raphael Guyard, Tim Weinert, Bernadette Shaw, Giuseppe de Cesare, Catherine Hunter, Salvatore Larosa, Rebekka Bogner, Ganapathy Rajakesari, Martin Ford-Downes, Anna Pestalozza.

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How the major innovation methodologies provide an integrated sustainability capability

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We’d love to hear how you got on from using them in your sustainability workshops and sessions.

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Mike Pinder is a cross-industry business innovation expert & consultant, thought leader, author, lecturer & international keynote speaker on innovation. He’s driven by using innovation to leave the world a better place than we found it. Mike is a co-founder of Wicked Acceleration Labs (an industry-academia research lab aimed at tackling wicked problems), Member of Board of Advisors at Global Innovation Institute (GInI), & Honorary Practice Fellow at Imperial College London Business School.

Mike consults and leads across innovation strategy, Design Thinking, Lean Start-up, Business Model Innovation in both B2B and B2C, guiding c-level innovation strategy, innovation accelerator design, co-creation, capability programs, academic research, executive education (Exec Ed) university program design, intrapreneurship, digital transformation, sprints & more.

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