Memorial University, based in St. John’s, Newfoundland, is a recognized global leader in University engagement. For the past two years, we’ve been sharing our work in agile strategy with the Harris Centre, Memorial’s hub for engagement activities.
Last week, we conducted a two and a half day training in Strategic Doing with 20 professionals drawn from the University, nonprofit and government sectors. The Harris Centre has now asked to become an affiliate in the international network of universities teaching this new strategy discipline.
The Harris Centre has been instrumental in shaping the policy debate within the province on how to accelerate innovation. During our stay in St. John’s, we spent a day working with faculty and staff at the University, exploring how they could use Strategic Doing to design and guide their innovation ecosystem. This work is an outgrowth of the Memorial University Innovation Initiative. (You can see the charter for this initiative here.)
In October 2018, as the Harris Centre moves into its new facility overlooking St. John’s, the Centre will host a Strategic Doing Practitioner Conference for Canada. In addition, plans are underway for the Harris Center to offer their own training in Strategic Doing.
The Director of the Lab at UNA and co-author of Strategic Doing: 10 Skills for Agile Leadership, Ed’s work has focused on developing new models of strategy specifically designed to accelerate complex collaboration in networks and open innovation. He is the original developer of Strategic Doing.