On the 29th of October, we held an innovation lab to help one of our fellow members, Olivia Munoru. Her question was ” Would the facilitation tools and process I use to facilitate change in remote communities translate into a corporate market?”
One of the participants is student in our Enterprise Programme, here is his perspective….
The process helped me realise the measure to which problem solving/brain storming is needed within today’s SMEs—especially when highly skilled entrepreneurs with diverse business experience, tackle the problem. Today’s action includes:
- Sharing ideas and experiences
- Validating the strong points
- Brainstorming solutions to key challenges
The main highlights of today was discovering that there is a distinct approach to corporate communities; nonetheless, they do have similar community issues as SMEs. We looked at the differences and similarities within the corporate community and SME community. We also further identified how the product is currently at a preliminary stage and the problem was how to “not sell the recipe but the cake.”
Asking everyone to strip themselves of titles that would place any one on some sort of hierarchy, so that conversations would flow nicely really brought a level playing field to the conversation. This is because ego can be a serious stumbling block within a community. It did help us to respect each individual’s opinions and encourage healthy conversations.
We also explored how we should inspire communities and what should be the motivation behind it. But first defining the community through their own resources, intellect, ownership, solutions and age through the SALT & Community life competent process.
· SALT mindset, which is; stimulating the community, Appreciating strength, Learning the three T’s Transforming, transfer and team.
· Community life competent process= Mobilise, Envision, Self-assessment, Action-planning—then—Action, Self-measurement and Share | Learn | Adapt
I am glad that we did not come up with one umbrella solution, but rather we had multiple ideas by unpacking the original idea and showing Olivia possible routes.
Some ideas/products are just too new for the human brain that it will take more than 2hrs to execute. Even though we have the recipe baking the cake may take a lot longer.
THECUBE is an innovation space based in East London. We offer our members and corporations innovation labs to help brainstorm in diverse and open environment.