Workshops 2015

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Sergio Ramos &  Evangelia Baralou
Entrepreneurial Thinking and Digital Tools

The workshop will offer simple yet powerful exercises where digital tools for group collaboration enable cooperation and interaction for delocalized global teams. Starting from our common challenge, participants will experience the process of facing ambiguity and uncertainty in a group of individuals that need work and collaborate together sharing ideas, thoughts and insights.  Here the entrepreneurial mind set explores potential solutions. Participants will test a practical application of different methods and tools to face a challenge/problem at an early stage, in a similar way as entrepreneurs do when defining a business idea.

Maya Albrecht & Ingo Stolz
Learning Journey: From ‘you’ to ‘the global’ and back

This will be a journey between interior and exterior environments. You will detect their potentials in the move and in new ways. Through an individual assignment you start to experience exchange. We then zoom out and focus on the encounter of self and otherness in the global arena, exemplified through an international business. Finally you return to the individual as the smallest and decisive entity.

Stephan Lüthi & Katia Delbiaggio
Reflecting Glocality: Where is the Region?

Globalisation has entailed a reorganisation of spatial development processes on global, national and regional scales. Cities and regions are increasingly connected to other places in the world in many different ways and through many different actors. In this workshop, we present and discuss a methodology to analyse the connectivity patterns of cities and regions built by intra-firm networks of multi-branch, multi-location firms from the knowledge economy. We will discuss three case study areas: the greater Zurich area, the Jura region and the Canton of Valais.

Peter Troxler
Strategic Diversions

Strategic Diversions is a technique borrowed from the Situationists and from Punk. Its roots – the medieval carnival. Strategic Diversions are a form of playful disruption that play on participants’ emotions. They address the unconscious thought process that takes place when people hear or view a strategy statement. They push for the boundaries of the comfort zone where negative emotions appear such as shock, shame, fear, and anger, and use them as catalysts for positive change.

Stijn Ossewort & Urs Gaudenz
Problem Focussed Prototype Mediation

“It’s not that I’m so smart; it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” (Albert Einstein)

Our globalised society has produced new challenges; problems that are difficult or impossible to solve for various reasons: they might be incomplete, based on contradictory knowledge, involve a high number of people and opinions or carry a large economic burden.
In this workshop we will introduce a hands-on method in which the problem will be translated in a collection of objects. These objects are used as a medium to collect insights, which allows us to see the problem in a new light.
We will run two parallel sessions in which each participant will have the role as “mediator” and “problem owner”. At the end of the sessions we will try to re-phrase the problems in a new way.

Daniel Boos & Thomas Robinson
Foresight – Insight – Action

The three step Foresight – Insight – Action approach allows us to make sense of megatrends and derive specific actions for a company. The foresight step collects signals and megatrends that influence a business. The insight step helps in deriving and condensing the potential risks and possibilities and envision the future. The action step helps to define concrete and specific actions in the near future.

Seraina Mohr & Michael Doerk
4D Dialogue

The stage is set for intense discussions with an informed audience. The format is based on a shift between the dialogue on a podium followed by feedback and reflection of the results of the discussions with the listeners. One option is to condense the results of the discussion by voting for specific opinions and continuing on this input. The setting highlights how competences in a group can be ‘extracted’ efficiently and mirrored through attentive and open dialogue.