It starts with the facilitation team at Knowinnovation, specialists in accelerating scientific innovation. Major funding agencies in the US and the UK bring together scientists from diverse disciplines around complex scientific questions, and Knowinnovation helps them imagine and develop cutting-edge research projects to address it.
We wondered if we could bring what we do with scientists to the field of development. That’s how we started to work with organizations that deal with economic inclusion, access to education, health services, smart agriculture, social entrepreneurship — basically projects that improve the lives of people who are short on resources.
Our core facilitators come from the Knowinnovation team, people skilled in the science of creativity and the art of making a meeting dynamic and engaging. As we expand to different regions around the globe – and it’s happening fast – we’re adding people who can help us understand the context and converse in the local languages.
"As a result of the workshop, I pay attention to how I judge and comment on colleagues' ideas. I listen more than I used to. To me, the workshop was a guide for a healthy working environment.”
“Perhaps the most important skills that I acquired were listening skills and the ability to suspend judgment while listening to another person. That does not come naturally to a trained scientist. Further, I learned ways of encouraging collaboration amongst students (perhaps even colleagues) through the creative use of post-it notes. This is (to me) a novel approach and also allows everybody in class to contribute equally.”
“I have been to hundreds of training and workshops, as both a participant and a trainer, but the three Inclusive Innovation workshops I participated in have put my understanding of learnability, teach-ability, communication and leadership skill-acquisition into question. Beyond the content, the workshops were journeys that facilitated, in no-time, a sincere, deep intellectual and emotional connection with all the workshops’ participants and facilitators alike. I learned that while leadership, communication, and problem-solving are learned skills, they can only be acquired when the inner-self is activated.”
“Incredibly inspirational: the people behind Inclusive Innovation live their mindset for leadership and human collaboration. Their workshops are truly experiential. Their tailored process enables individuals and teams to live through own aha moments. The facilitation team continuously guides with compassion towards new ways of co-creation and towards excellence. They are in service to each participant in the room. And lastly: their workshops deliver immediate results!”
"The Sandpit was a great adventure in Haiti, where data-driven decision making is uncommon. Despite setbacks from political unrest, we were able to generate significant ideas from the activity. The process inspired participants from across the financial sector, enticing them to use recently collected data from various sources to develop actual new products using the iterative co-creation approach of the Sandpit. The beauty of the methodology is how the chaos that results from the brainstorming session slowly and brilliantly turns into an organized, intelligent and practical solution. The rigorous (yet fun) approach is an unforgettable experience that not only produces immediate results but remains as a blueprint for participants. Inclusive Innovation's qualified staff can adapt to any environment to make their Sandpit a success."
"We approached Inclusive Innovation with a challenge: to work with us to create a workshop curriculum that met specific goals for course competencies suited to participants in three very different countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Inclusive Innovation adapted their engaging, participatory workshop approach to our workshop needs and the rooms were buzzing in Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria, and Mozambique. Our follow-on impact assessment showed that on average our workshop participants passed on knowledge to over 100 other technology entrepreneurs in their countries, expanded their Personal Boardroom, and refined their own understanding of who was in the networks supporting their startups. These impacts far exceeded our goals, and we give substantial credit to Inclusive Innovation’s approach to create a very active learning environment."
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