Fostering collaboration and unleashing creativity
Design Thinking: Collaboration for Innovation is a year-long project bringing together members of the private, public, and creative sectors through a series of events focused on introducing a new way to foster collaboration and innovative problem solving.
What is design thinking? Truly innovative organizations don’t just employ designers, they enable every single person in their team to work together to design solutions that improve the team culture and its products and services from the inside out. Design thinking is a methodology that comes from the creative process and is built around a set of principles – empathy with users, a discipline for prototyping, and tolerance for failure chief among them – that helps develop a responsive, flexible organizational culture.
Why do we need it? A number of elements at play in our province right now present the perfect environment for increased innovation. We see the need and desire to diversify our economy, including a growth in technology firms requiring highly skilled and creative employees. We have a strong and internationally recognized artistic community, as well as a growing, dynamic, and successful cadre of locally owned and based companies. Through participation in this project, members of the private, creative, and public sectors will strengthen relationships, address shared challenges, and build a common understanding of the economic and social impact that can be unlocked by working more collaboratively.
What will this project entail? Over the course of 2019-2020, we will be presenting a number of informational, interactive, and training events, including:
Creative Leadership Workshop In this workshop, local executives and team leaders will work with leadership development expert Dr. Ian Sutherland and the MUN Chamber Choir to understand how conductor and choir create musical magic together. Dr. Sutherland will draw lessons from the conductor’s experience and show participants how they readily apply to the business setting. Participants will have the opportunity to try their hand at conducting, putting into practice the creative leadership elements they learn. Dr. Sutherland has been engaged in leadership development through the arts in more than 40 countries around the world, working across industries, and with companies from multinationals to SMEs and tech start-ups. He has offered versions of this workshop in Europe and in Canada to great success. Register online. (postponed: new date TBA)
Creative Edge – Training for Creative Facilitators, designed in partnership with the Gardiner Centre, this course will train artists in facilitation skills and work with them to harness their creative skills to produce marketable programs to be offered to local teams and organisations. Artists will learn how to translate their craft to add value to a variety of workplaces, and diversify their income stream in the process. Applications to this program are now closed, and 8 artist facilitators have been selected. If you’re interested in learning more, or applying for the next round of applications, please email us. (Postponed. New dates TBA)
Design Thinking Bootcamp This four day training opportunity is for individuals interested in facilitating future design thinking work. Co-hosted by the Gardiner Centre, and featuring facilitation from DesignThinkers Group Canada global network. (To be offered online in spring 2020. More details coming soon!)
Design Lab 2, facilitated by local and international facilitators. “Innovation 2.0” will bring together collaborators from across sectors to design solutions as we move towards the future of art + technology and a knowledge-based workforce in NL. (Date TBA)
Internships, providing cost-shared opportunities to bring creatives into corporate, social or public sector environments through workshops, residencies, or other engagements for 1 – 120 days.
Symposium featuring keynote speaker Whitney Mortimer, Partner & CMO of IDEO. IDEO is the global leader in design thinking and has designed solutions across the globe with an array of social, cultural, commercial, and industrial clients. Took place November 26th, 2019 at MUN Signal Hill Campus Emera Innovation Exchange.
Design Lab 1, facilitated by DesignThinkers Group Canada, an Amsterdam-based company with a Canadian presence. This full-day event will bring together teams from local companies, along with professional artists, to explore how design thinking can invigorate a workforce and mobilize creativity. Participants will gain hands-on experience applying the principles of design thinking and will leave with practical tools they can apply in their own work. Took place November 27th, 2019 at the Rocket Room, Water St.. This session builds upon the work done in the Symposium.
For more information on any of these events, or to get involved, please contact Deborah Coombs – email@example.com
Funding for this project has been provided by the Government of Canada, through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, and by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, through the Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry, and Innovation.