Professionalizing Innovation: The UN’s ISO 56000 Odyssey

June 24, 2024

If the ISO 56000 Standard for Innovation Management Systems is new to you, then this webcast will get you up to speed! Embark on an odyssey through the United Nations’ latest innovation initiative, UN 2.0, and discover the cosmic potential of this universally recognized standard in professionalizing innovation management across the five foundational modules critical for innovative organizations, as defined by the UN: Strategy, Partnerships, Architecture, Culture, and Evaluation (S.P.A.C.E.). The three speakers explore practical applications of ISO 56000 in overcoming mission-critical challenges related to innovation management.

Key points from the conversation:

  1. Flexible Framework and Best Practices: Sara Husk emphasized that the ISO 56000 standard provides a flexible framework and a set of best practices developed by experienced innovators. This framework helps organizations speed up and clarify innovation processes, making them more efficient and effective .
  2. Enhanced Credibility and Trust: Jorge Martinez Navarrete highlighted that using ISO 56000 as a reference has increased credibility and trust within the UN. When presenting new innovation frameworks, the established recognition and assumed quality of ISO standards made stakeholders more receptive and supportive .
  3. Systematic Innovation Management: The ISO 56000 standard helps organizations create a systematic approach to innovation management. This involves clearly defined steps for validating concepts, developing solutions, and deploying innovations, which leads to more consistent and predictable results .
  4. Alignment with Strategic Goals: Nour Odeh discussed the importance of aligning innovation initiatives with strategic goals. By using the ISO standard, organizations can ensure that their innovation efforts are strategically aligned, thereby maximizing their impact and value .
  5. Metrics for Measuring Impact: The ISO 56008 standard, which focuses on innovation metrics, allows organizations to define and use relevant metrics to evaluate the impact of their innovation management systems. This helps in making ongoing improvements and ensuring that innovation efforts are effective .
  6. Support for Diverse and Iterative Processes: Husk explained that the ISO standard supports diverse and iterative innovation processes. It recognizes the importance of front-end innovation activities such as trend analysis and idea generation, ensuring that these activities are systematically integrated into the overall innovation process .
  7. Integration with Other Standards: The ISO 56000 standard is designed to work harmoniously with other ISO standards, such as those for quality and environmental management. This integrated approach helps organizations streamline their management systems and leverage synergies between different areas of operation .

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Speaker Bios

Sara Husk

Sara Husk (M.B.A) is a Principal Consultant at HYPE Innovation and an experienced innovation practitioner with over 20 years of hands-on innovation expertise. She is a member of the US Technical Advisory Group (TAG) and is actively involved in collaboratively developing international standards for innovation. As part of HYPE Innovation’s expert team, Sara helps Fortune 2000 organizations transform their innovation goals into tangible actions that drive value. She is actively working with organizations to prepare for ISO Certification and has extensive experience in core innovation competencies such as breakthrough innovation, continuous innovation, employee engagement, and open innovation.

Jorge Martinez Navarrete

Jorge Martinez Navarrete is an Information Technology Officer at the UN Office of Information and Communications Technology (OICT) in New York, leading the Unite Ideas platform and TechNovation Talks series. With over 15 years of experience, he has led innovation and data science teams in both public and private sectors, including Peugeot-Citroën and He has overseen information systems for 18,000+ UN personnel and contributed to various UN commissions. Jorge holds a Master’s in Production Administration, Bachelor’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration, and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional, driven by a passion for sustainable development.

Nour Odeh

Nour Odeh is an Open Innovation Specialist at the United Nations Office of Information and Communications Technology (OICT), contributing to operational efficiency and sustainability at the UN Headquarters in New York. With a background in Management Information Systems and a B.Sc. from Princess Sumaya University for Technology, Nour brings expertise in innovation strategy, project management, and cross-functional collaboration.

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