Innovation the FORTH Way

13 Jun

Much of what we do at the nonprofit where I work involves innovation. My supervisor recently shared the FORTH innovation method with us as a process for rapid concept development and testing. FORTH stands for these five steps:

1 – Full Steam Ahead

2 – Observe and Learn

3 – Raise Ideas

4 – Test Ideas

5 – Home Coming

I am going to read this book about FORTH and report back. From everything I’m seeing, it seems like a fresh approach to idea generation and refinement.

Also interested in incorporating the approach as part of a writing process that can help my graduate students improve their final work.


2 Responses to “Innovation the FORTH Way”

  1. Gijs van Wulfen June 15, 2012 at 2:36 am #

    Dear Kim,

    How wonderful. Besides my book let me try to inspire you in 2 other ways. On Facebook: you can see that another non profit is using the FORTH method right now: The Dutch Aids Fund STOPAIDSNOW!. You can also download the restyled FORTH-innovation map for free here:

    Succes with your own innovation expedition!


    • toknowbetter June 15, 2012 at 7:34 am #

      Thank you, Gijs. Appreciate your comment and will look into these resources more deeply.

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