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Innovation in education was at the heart of this 5-day intensive course. The transdisciplinary course challenged the participants to develop an innovative proposal for how a future city could be developed that helps address the global challenges that humans will inevitably have to face, related to sustainability and human and non-human wellbeing.
The whole course fosters a “what if?” approach: how could things be different and how can we encourage them to become so. To challenge their views of present and future cities and develop possible solutions, the participants went through a Design Thinking journey, rooted in 5 steps: Discover, Define, Develop, Deliver and Communicate.
First, we discussed the wellbeing of cities and their future (Discover). On the second day, the groups defined the challenge they wanted to address and to develop potential solutions. Following this they then had to explore the possible scenarios and outcomes of these ideas. The fourth day (Deliver) gave participants the opportunity to look into their projects through an entrepreneurial light, and by the fifth day our participants were ready to Communicate their ideas, presenting their innovative approaches on the future wellbeing of cities.
After the success of our first workshop, we were very excited for our next chance to put what we have learnt from Athens and make an even better experience for the attendees. Burgen is certainly different to Athens, but no less a beautiful city. We were introduced to a very different, but no less brilliant group of people, all very excited to engage and learn how to use design thinking and incorporate the ideas of others into their own.
Using the framework from our previous workshop we built upon it to continue to tailor the SciCulture course for our Ambassadors. We crafted workshops that did not just introduce the concepts of design, entrepreneurship and science, but also unite them from their inception. Why preach about collaboration if we were not demonstrating this in our workshops! So tutors combined their knowledge in these fields to create a unique experience for our would-be Ambassadors.
This time we were able to see a world a little different to our own with an immersive VR experience and through the animated films created of our Ambassadors.
Our first workshop happened in April of 2019 , in the beautiful city of Athens! We were introduced to our first set of would be Ambassadors, and they were FANTASTIC! The SciCulture team were finding our feet with this new adventure, and this team took it in their stride, and we cannot thank them enough for being amazing! We laughed, we cried, we explored, we grew.
We designed our course around the principles of design thinking with each day being dedicated to each step of the process, Emphasise, Define, Ideate,Prototype and Test. We divided the attendees into groups to ensure that there was a mix of backgrounds and skills throughout, following workshops on design, science and entrepreneurship they were tasked on using these new skills to communicate ideas in new and innovative ways, followed of course by social activities. It was definitely a week of working and playing hard!