About the Innographer
The Innographer is a practical open education and innovation design firm that helps people (learn to) become more entrepreneurial and more innovative. And it’s our fundamental belief that everyone everywhere should have access to educational opportunities that help them do that.
Our social mission is to have as much impact as possible in the world around us by helping people build their innovation literacy. We work hard to create and share tools and open educational resources through creative commons licenses, in order to make innovation and entrepreneurship education as accessible as possible.
We operate as a social business and we are run as a virtual institute to offer open access toolkits, professional learning experiences, educational methodologies, assessment frameworks, in-person courses and workshops, and online delivery and open badging approaches to the delivery of deep learning experiences in the areas of creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship.
Our internationally award-winning programs and workshops have guided leaders of top teams and organizations from around the world. Through these and our extended/embedded engagements, we have helped managers, technical experts, creative geniuses, educators, students, and entrepreneurs to become leaders of their own Really Big Value change-making initiatives and cultures.
The Innographer regularly partners with and offers its services to businesses, nonprofits, charities, educators, and other organizations. In recent years, our approaches to innovation and entrepreneurship have been used in initiatives supported by or benefiting organizations such as IRAP-NRC, FedDev Ontario, Futurpreneur Canada, the Alberta Association of Colleges and Technical Institutes (AACTI), Calgary Reads, Momentum (Community Economic Development Society), TELUS Spark, Social Venture Partners, the United Way, the WinSport Winter Sports Institute, DePaul University, Illinois State University, Millikin University, the University of Florida, and San Diego State University – just to name a few.
Our Innographer for Education initiative serves over 200 universities from around the world, and our open educational resource toolkits (e.g. for Idea Modeling) reach over 2000 people every month. In July 2015, we brought educators from around the world to Calgary / Banff area when we launched Go Deep: The Entrepreneurship Teaching and Learning Scholars and Fellows Program. And we are very excited about work with TELUS Spark to develop an innovation design school called The Spark School for Innovation by Design.
The Innographer also does research into topics related to innovation, ideation, idea modeling, deliberate opportunity design, and the scholarship of teaching and learning for innovation and entrepreneurship.
Awards and recognition
In 2012, The Innographer’s founder, Dr. Bruton, was named the Entrepreneurial Educator in Canada (by the Canadian Youth Business Foundation), an award given to “recognize the significant contributions made by the education sector to Canada’s economic growth and prosperity. These leaders are raising the profile of entrepreneurship through the education system through a commitment to the promotion of entrepreneurship among students, faculty and community. The award winner is known for providing the guidance and resources necessary for future Canadian entrepreneurs to succeed.” This award had only previously gone to Ryerson University President, Dr. Sheldon Levy.
In 2011, he was named one of his city’s Top 40 Under 40. This was for his contributions to building the entrepreneurship minor and making the case that brought in $3 million to kickstart the centre in innovation and entrepreneurship at Canada’s Mount Royal University.
He is also the winner of several other national and international awards for fostering innovation and entrepreneurship.
Every year since 2010 Dr. Bruton has been given the distinction of “Master Educator” by his peers at the Experiential Classroom, an annual program aimed at educating some 70 teachers from 50-60 universities and high schools in 10 countries on best teaching practices in innovation and entrepreneurship education. The faculty team for this program is comprised of 25 of the top educators from across North America in that field and he is proud to be among them.