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How to create people spaces online that breathe and thrive

We need new spaces in which people can connect, collaborate, innovate and grow. We need these spaces to be online, and to bring similar results across cultural and social contexts. Learn to be a part of the solution of the post-COVID-19 world.

Innovators need feedback, not advice. Here’s how to make sure they get it.

“Let me tell you something” is a linguistic reflex that tells a long story: giving pre-packaged advice and transmitting common sense we’ve accumulated prevents many new ideas from becoming full-fledged models that work. Here are tools we’ve created to prevent that.

Craving for Europe to be more innovative? Migration can help!

If we want to create new conversations, solutions and models in key sectors, we need new points of view. For innovation’s sake, it’s vital to invest in talent that is not in “the box” that we are trying to think “out” of.

Four ways designers can use their craft to empower others

Design is often framed around creating “solutions,” which can run the risk of forgetting about the long term agency and ownership of the people we are creating those solutions for. What are we doing to facilitate a creative process that lives on after we are out of the picture? Here are some simple approaches to begin integrating this mindset into your creative practice. It’s up to all of us, and especially the new generations of designers, to reinvent new ways of working with people.

Co-written with Minnie Bredouw.

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The impact of an image: creating a new visual language for migration

How does the way in which people are represented visually through media affect the way we relate to each other? Can art and design help?

Building innovative teams: 3 secrets to help you build teams that ROCK at innovation

Experimenting consistently creating spaces, events and experiences for people to learn to innovate across sectors and countries for the last decade has brought us knowledge of the variables at play in forming innovative teams. Here are some of the principles we apply to maximize chances of cross-fertilization of ideas, and therefore of successful team innovation.

Want to encourage innovation? Create environments that make people feel at home- but not too much

Is there a secret sauce to creating spaces, events and experiences that generate innovation? We’ve found that to be at their most creative, people need both familiarity and disruption. Environments that are most conducive to new results are those where people feel both at home and off-balance at the same time.

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