Innovation Safari

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The Power of Analogous Thinking
Innovation safaris are about finding inspiration in unexpected places. Over the past few years we’ve visited Accra, Ghana,  Washingtons' US Chamber of commerce to name a few. Our excursions help you discover connections for their businesses and seemingly out of reach people, products, and services.

The excursions provide an immersive learning experience where designers, social workers, academics, entrepreneurs, researchers, and practitioners from around the world work together to problem solve real-life social issues. The iventure Innovation Safari is a methodology for developing our collective problem-solving capabilities and skills. Imagine joining an interdisciplinary dream team, and discovering new ways to prompt social change!

An important pillar of the Safari is the process of design thinking which draws on methods from engineering and design and combines them with ideas from the arts, theories from the social sciences, and insights from the business world. The focus is not on solving problems from the outside, but on understanding who is involved, what the problem is, and how to facilitate the co-design of new possibilities and unexpected solutions. Solutions that enable sustainable social change.

Therefore the Safari consists of a mix of:

Creativity and analysis
Design and social science
Bottom-up and top-down
People and systems
Reflection and delivery
Immersion and critical distance
Public, private, and civil sectors
Building Blocks: core content ingredients
The Safari is a method for change as well as a learning adventure. While tackling the real-life challenges you will actively learn about the following themes:

Framing a problem: who defines the problem? What is the problem behind the problem?
Stakeholder outreach & engagement: how do you identify all the different actors, and see the world from their perspective?
Measurement, accountability, and impact evaluation: judging the results and the outputs of our actions. When and why is a success a success?
Cultural diversity and value-based differences: how do we differ and what do we share?
Change management, dealing with resistance, conflict management, power dynamics: how do we keep moving when we get stuck?
Storytelling: how do we make the case for change?
Besides working on these capabilities during the Safari we will reflect on ‘transfer problems’ and what is needed to use these capabilities back at work in your own local context.

Learning goals
After the Safari participants will have experienced these main objectives:

Greater awareness and knowledge of complex social problems and ‘good’ solutions;
Realise new directions for real-life challenges;
Increased problem-solving capabilities and skills;
Understand how to apply methods and solutions to your own work context;
Be part of a global community of social innovators.