Our Workshops

People have a very different experience at our meetings and workshops. Back-to-back activities make sure they engage with each other — thinking, questioning and generating ideas and solutions.  It’s impossible to be passive while attending one of our events.

 

What kind of events? Our signature workshop, the Sandpit, is a 5-day immersive workshop to address a complex challenge.  We also run innovation labs, hack-a-thons, boot camps, all-hands meetings,

innovation strategy sessions team building workshops and creative skill training.

 

We stir the pot with interactive agenda designs that provoke people’s thinking so they can create meaningful solutions to real problems and feel emboldened to make them happen.  And we always give people a tool kit, exposing them to new and different ways of working with each other, which often changes how they work, moving forward.

Our workshops are intense. We make people roll up their sleeves and dig in. We don’t do sit-in-the-chair-and-listen workshops, and we don’t do innovation theater. We help people address real problems, and work on real projects that directly serve the welfare of resource poor and excluded groups.
Our workshops are intense. We make people roll up their sleeves and dig in. We don’t do sit-in-the-chair-and-listen workshops, and we don’t do innovation theater. We help people address real problems, and work on real projects that directly serve the welfare of resource poor and excluded groups.

What’s a Sandpit?

An intensive, interactive workshop designed to produce radically innovative project proposals.

Participants, from a diverse range of disciplines and perspectives, come together in a creative, free-thinking environment — away from their every day routines and responsibilities — and are invited to immerse themselves deeply in a collaborative process around an important challenge.  The Sandpit (aka an Ideas Lab) is usually a 5-day residential program that follows a relatively structured process.

Typically, 20 to 35 participants are invited, from different organizations and areas of expertise.  Over the course of the week, the group works to deepen their shared understanding of the designated challenge, to redefine the problems within the challenge and to generate novel project ideas that are peer reviewed on the spot.  On the last day, groups vie for funding with final project presentations.

What’s a Hack-a-thon?

Different agents and stakeholders come together, inspiring cross-pollination and collaboration to develop new projects, policies or community efforts to address a big, sticky challenge.

The genesis of the term Hack-a-thon comes from the world of coding: inviting a group of programmers together to code with the aim of mitigating a problem or inventing something cool. Time pressure is a key aspect; it’s often a 24-hour event with a strict end point.

 

A Hack-a-thon can be a bit less structured than a Sandpit, allowing for groups to self-moderate within a specified time frame and then presenting their work. Again this varies, depending on the challenge at hand, the size of the facilitation team and the design of the event.

Sandpits and Hack-a-thons were developed with the primary goal of creating a more engaging and effective way to solve a problem. Both provide value by building an ecosystem in situations where some infrastructure might exist, but its components are dormant, unconnected or pursuing other objectives. The goal is to bring the mix of players together connect them to each other. Once they collide, new thinking emerges, as does a sense of commitment to taking action on any project ideas that are generated.

Collaborative Leadership Workshops

We believe that leadership isn’t something you teach, but rather it’s something that emerges when individuals are given the chance to explore their own capacity for bringing people and ideas to action. Leadership manifests in many different ways: pointing the way with a vision, stepping up as the first follower, or serving the needs of others so that they maximize their performance. Our workshops are designed to help participants explore different leadership contexts and along the way, discover their own personal and authentic leadership style.

Collaborative Leadership Workshops

We believe that leadership isn’t something you teach, but rather it’s something that emerges when individuals are given the chance to explore their own capacity for bringing people and ideas to action. Leadership manifests in many different ways: pointing the way with a vision, stepping up as the first follower, or serving the needs of others so that they maximize their performance. Our workshops are designed to help participants explore different leadership contexts and along the way, discover their own personal and authentic leadership style.

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