“Shared success through community, collaboration and innovation.”

Our Charter

Hargraves Institute was founded in 2006 by 12 leading organisations seeking a collaborative forum and source of knowledge for innovation.
Our Charter, written by these Founding Members, aims to articulate our vision, purpose and commitment, and define a code of conduct covering all members and participants.

When forming Hargaves, the founding members and our Executive Director, Allan Ryan, took inspiration from one of Australia’s most accomplished inventors, Lawrence Hargrave. Renowned for creating the cellular – or box – kite in 1893, Hargrave refused to patent his inventions, preferring them to benefit anybody who wished to use them. His willingness to share his ideas with the world enabled others to achieve manned flight. This principle of sharing and collaboration to advance knowledge is the cornerstone of Hargraves Institute.

Allan Ryan, Executive Director of Hargraves Institute, acknowledges the trust placed in his stewardship of the Institute by our Founding Members and will endeavour to operate the Institute in such a manner as to honour their vision, purpose and objectives.

Our Mission

Hargraves provides its’ members with opportunities to develop their capacity for peer-to-peer collaboration and successful innovation through the delivery of a variety of programs, products, services and activities. We work with individuals, teams and organisations to develop tools and programs that deliver measurable performance improvements and results underpinned by insight and rigour.

To guide and define our focus, we have adopted the definitions of ‘innovation’ and ‘leadership of innovation’ as follows:

For the purpose of this charter, ‘innovation’ shall be defined as the generation and or discovery of ideas, be they original or adopted from another source, and the successful implementation of those ideas to create a better future.

For the purpose of this charter, ‘leadership of innovation’ shall be defined as a process of social influence in which one person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task related to Innovation.

These definitions are not intended to prescribe a definition to others, and may well differ from the definitions used by members. However, we believe they are appropriate to the Institute’s purpose.

Our Objectives

Driven by members to ensure relevance in a changing world, our current objectives include:

  • Provide all members with a forum through which they can collaborate to share ideas and knowledge.
  • Strengthen business leaders’ understanding of issues surrounding innovation.
  • Support collaboration across all levels of organisations.
  • Support and encourage research into innovation.
  • Identify and promote best practice, tools and techniques to support innovation and collaboration.
  • Use innovation, continuous improvement and generation of knowledge to improve our service to members.

Our Code of Conduct

The Hargraves Institute is intended to provide a platform for sharing and acquiring collective wisdom in the areas of innovation and collaboration. Its core strength is in its capacity to bring organisations together in a non-competitive, mutually supportive, environment.

Our Code of Conduct sets down the standards of behaviour expected of all individuals participating in activities:

  1. It is expected that individuals participating in activities do so with a genuine intention to collaborate and build collective wisdom in innovation.
  2. It is expected that individuals joining our community do so with a genuine intention to learn and share insights.
  3. It is in conflict with the spirit of membership to use the Institute merely for self-promotion or sales generation. Mutually beneficial business relationships that are fostered by interaction are encouraged while “working the room” for selling is not considered appropriate behaviour.
  4. Participants are expected to self regulate their attendance at events hosted at a competitors’ premises or if a key presenter is a competitor, and there is a possibility of embarrassment. If in doubt, the sensitivity of attendance should be checked with Hargraves.
  5. Participation in any activity is at Hargraves discretion with VIP members receiving priority, followed by our Alumni and DIY members. 
  6. Dress code at events is not specified, although where events take place at public venues, these venues may have specific criteria.
  7. It is a requirement that all those associated with Hargraves Institute take care to protect themselves and each other through observing the following protocols of privacy and confidentiality:
  • We will not share any individual’s contact details without first gaining approval from the individual.
  • All participants in any activities accept responsibility for protecting confidential material and IP by not disclosing it in the collaborative forum environment. Participants should assume that all forums are public, which they may well be if guests are present.
  • ­Participants in Hargraves activities are expected to use appropriate discretion and take care to avoid disclosure of insights that might embarrass or damage other members.

Should we learn that any individual or organisation has acted in a manner that breaches this Code of Conduct, Hargraves Institute management will investigate. Depending on the outcome and membership level, consequences may include counselling, removal from our online community, or withdrawal of invitations to future events.

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