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Networking Session 2.0 a.k.a. next step towards social innovation

As my colleagues have already mentioned, we have had our second experiment today – or as we call it ‘Creative Network Session 2.0’!

Here’s a brief update on what has been going on today in the Academy for Leisure Breda, NL…

As you know (if not, go read our previous posts ;D) the first session was about defining problems within the food sector which could be solved by means of social innovation – for this we have invited people from the food sector and people from visual culture, to  have the creative input. Since the results of the first session were still rather broad and due to the positive feedback of the participants, we have decided to carry out a second session and to test more creative techniques to make the ideas more concrete.

The techniques we have used were the Six Thinking Hats by De Bono (see my colleague’s post here) and an adaption of the world café method, which is about creating a special environment and dividing the participants into several groups, giving them the chance to discuss and share ideas in three rounds (where each member of the group is moving to a different table after each round).

We have combined this method with the six thinking hats and have ‘themed’ each round with a different hat – the outcomes we, or better the participants, have achieved after this were more concrete and workable. Furthermore, we hope to have persuaded the participants to take the initiative to work on this project and to take it a step closer to social innovation, since we will not be able to do so in this short time frame (yep, we’re almost done with studying and preparing ourselves for our bachelor’s degree!).

Cannot really say anything about the outcomes at this moment, since we need to evaluate them first – therefore, I suggest that you stay tuned for more updates!

Pictures tell more than words, so here are a few impressions of today’s session!

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GZM

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Here we go again!

On Thursday the 22nd of November, the members of Bridge performed an experiment with parties from the food and visual culture sector in order to create social innovation. For our faithful followers; I am sure you heard this before by now. But if not; be sure to check out the following posts: https://bridgeresearchagency.wordpress.com/2012/11/13/social-innovation-workshops-with-network-opportunity/ & https://bridgeresearchagency.wordpress.com/2012/11/14/social-innovation-sessions-with-network-opportunity-2-0/

Either way, did you also know that we are organising another experiment? Yes we are!

Due to the positive reactions from last time, and results from our evaluation, Bridge has decided to organize a second creative network session on the 11th of December. In this session, we will again invite parties from the food and visual culture sector in order to continue the process towards social innovation. This session will again include several techniques that stimulate the creative thinking of our participants and will only take place in a creative setting this time.

As this session will already take place within 5 days, the members of Bridge are in full preparation-mode to get everything ready and well organized. If you are interested in the results of this session, be sure to check out the blog next week for a full update. Until then, stay tuned!

Tessa.

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Close to the finish line!

With only 18 working days left before the Christmas holidays start, it’s time to slowly wrap up the project! So before we do this, we would just like to give you all a little update on the progress we have made with our project.

Last week Thursday (22nd of November) the members of the Bridge organised two creative network sessions that aimed at creating social innovation. However, as social innovation is a process that evolves over several years, we only created a start for solving, partially solving or contributing to creating awareness for problems within the food sector. We did this by bringing people together from two completely different sectors, in which they cooperated to form innovative ideas or concepts for the problems within the food sector.

Within this experiment the members of Bridge tried to stimulate innovative ideas by using three different methods;

  • The ‘creative market session’ technique.
    This technique is described as follows: “Informal but purposful network event. Creative person “meets” business person or how the obvious contradictive worlds of culture and economy meet one another, get to know each other, inspire each other and start to work together”. The members of Bridge did this by inviting stakeholders from both the visual culture and the food sector.
  • Test the effectiveness of different forms of input.
    The members of Bridge applied a verbal form (power-point presentation with facts, fact cards and written case studies) of input in the session concerning “Food, Health & Lifestyle” and a more visual form (presi-presentation with videos and pictures, picture cards and movies as input for the case studies) of input in the session concerning “Food, Agriculture & Production”.
  • Test the relation between creativity and the environment.
    The members of Bridge made a distinction between two session environments; a more formal and a more creative environment. The formal session (“Food, Health & Lifestyle”) was held in a conference room and the more creative session (“Food, Agriculture & Production”) was held at the “performatory”, which is a room designed in a more creative way. Both sessions were held at the Academy for Leisure, Breda.

At the moment, the previously mentioned methods are being evaluated by use of observation notes (from our perspective) and evaluation forms (the participant’s perspective).

As a result of the experiment, both sessions came up with great initial ideas! But as these ideas are not concrete enough yet, a second session will be organised in week 50. In this second session, Bridge aims to create more concrete concepts out of the ideas that were created in the first session. Therefore Bridge will again invite stakeholders, the same and others, in order to form a more solid network that will be able to carry on these ‘projects’ themselves.

The results of the experiment outcomes and created ideas will be published in an article in the next edition of the Uncover Magazine. But just to give you all a little insight, check out the photos from one of our sessions from last week.

Tessa.

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Social Innovation Sessions with Network Opportunity

In the course of this project we have created a sort of scheme on how to bring the two worlds of visual culture and food together and came up with the idea of a creative workshop and network session. The workshops will take place next week and we have still spots available for the sessions on Thursday. If you would like to participate or know someone that would like to come, just sent us an email to bridge.researchagency@gmail.com.

The content of these sessions will be in Dutch. Here you can find the flyer and the program:

programma-22-november

Tomorrows blog will focus on the content and set up of the workshops, but if you have any questions before hand don’t hesitate to contact us.

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