Working Differently Challenge Learning Brief

This learning brief looks at the key lessons from the inaugural round of Start Network’s Working Differently Challenge (WDC). It particularly explores lessons on how to support the collaboration of organisations to develop their emerging innovation ideas through different ways of working. The evidence draws from perception surveys gathered from the teams that took part in the challenge—CADENA, Islamic Relief, A Single Drop for Safer Water, Tearfund—and from learning captured through ongoing coaching and reflections.

The learning brief shows how prototyping, experimenting to validate ideas, and learning how to be effective at adapting, were key in seeing the Working Differently Challenge teams take advantage of unplanned outcomes, quickly repurpose their ideas and ultimately grow.