The Innovation Design and Implementation Team — or IDI for short — is a team from the Ontario Ministry of Education that exists for a not-so-simple purpose:
To promote, support and catalyze innovation across Ontario.
We’re big fans of doing things differently. And, together with you, we want to use that mindset to put a dent in some of the most persistent problems we face in education.
Yes it’s a big goal, but we start small: by listening to students and teachers and principals and parents and anyone else who is impacted by the problem. We’ll do it by practising empathy in order to understand a need deeply. We’ll do it by looking for partners who can help us and by putting our heads together to generate ideas that we can actually try.
And then we’ll try out those ideas and see if any actually take flight. We’re okay with failure. But we want to fail forward, learning from the experience and moving closer to a solution. And when we find something that does work — even if it only works for this people at this time — we want to shout it from the mountaintops for anyone to hear. Because we believe that sharing innovative ideas creates a culture of innovation and paves the way for a better tomorrow. For everyone.
It’s an ambitious mission. But we’re an optimistic lot. And we have great faith in the ingenuity and creative passion of educators. So let’s roll up our sleeves and begin.
Six Things We Believe
We believe that:
The greatest problems in education can be solved.
We can use design thinking to improve life and learning for — and with! — those whose voices are too often silenced.
Change begins with empathy for others. Creativity and courage take over from there.
The best way to test your innovation is to make it real and try it with actual people.
Fail is not a four-lettered word but a vital part of learning and innovating.
To share an idea that works for you just might be a gift of brilliance for someone else.
Our Core Values
An innovation is only innovative if it improves life for real people. All innovation begins by deeply understanding the needs of people.
Contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t kill the cat. Curiosity challenges the status quo. It asks “Why?” And it asks “Why not?” And it persists when failure comes knocking (see below).
We want our feet planted firmly on the ground. We prioritize doing. But we want our eyes always fixed on the problem at hand. We want to never lose sight of the why behind the doing.
By definition persistent problems are big. Too big to tackle alone. We need each other. We need diversity. We need expertise from all corners. We need to work together as partners.
Yes, failure. We expect it. If we’re not failing, either we’re not being honest with ourselves or we’re not tackling truly persistent problems. And if we’re not failing, we’re not learning. So we want to fail fast, fail smart and fail forward.
This is us. Hello!
“I just wish people would realize that anything’s possible if you try; dreams are made possible if you try.” – Terry Fox
“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” – A. Einstein
“Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.” – Steve Jobs
“He aha te mea nui o te ao?He tangata, he tangata, he tangata” (Maori) “What is the most important thing in the world? ~ It is people, it is people, it is people”.
“There is no point in using the word ‘impossible’ to describe something that has clearly happened.” – Dirk Gently
“You cannot discover new oceans unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” – André Gide
“First We Must Motivate, then Educate.” If we are teaching the irrelevant to the disinterested then we have lost before we have even begun.
Come join us in this adventure.