I’ve been a bit grumpy on Twitter lately [surely not? – ed.]. A focus of that grumpiness has been innovation or, as I seem to be casting it, “innovation”.
May I submit Exhibit A:
A lot of what passes as “innovation” in #socialcare seems to me to be “stuff that organisations should be doing anyway”.
— Rich Watts (@rich_w) April 28, 2014
and Exhibit b:
Some of the stuff that gets passed off as “innovative” or “groundbreaking” in public services suggests to me just how crap the rest is.
— Rich Watts (@rich_w) April 7, 2014
It’s not innovation per se that’s the problem here: it’s more someone hitting upon something “innovative” that is actually no such thing – repetition masquerading as innovation, if you will.
A while ago, @georgejulian, @fergusbisset and me came up for a shorthand that enabled us to indicate when we thought this was happening. It is simply #slippers, and its provenance can be traced to the time Ali G met J.K. Galbraith: