WHY SOCIAL INNOVATION

OUR METHOD: 

6-DAY IMPACT MODEL, A METHODOLOGY FOR SUSTAINABLE INNOVATION & LASTING IMPACT

We live in a fast-changing society, a world where global  challenges are rising, and complexity is increasing. We are shifting into a new paradigm, a paradigm which requires a new way of thinking, a new way of working. We need change-makers doing good in this world, we need more people like you! 
 
During our expeditions, you will immerse yourself in these new methodologies and obtain a new skillset. Above all, you will reflect upon and experiment with the underlying principles. We won't tell you what it is all about, you will experience this by applying it yourself during our impact projects. Feeling and seeing the impact of these principles will forever transform the way you collaborate with others and will greatly improve your career potential. 
The 6-D impact model is inspired by the Imagineering and Design thinking methodologies. Resulting in a fine mix of empathy and generative power to co-create innovative concepts and sustainable solutions to societal issues. The diverge-converge process aims to set the stage for generative conversations and processes of collective creativity. It moves away from reactive problem solving and moves towards proactive future co-creation. 
 
The following 6 characteristics serve as a foundation for the imagineering process and concepts: (ACTIVE)
Appreciative: uncovering the flowers and building upon present strengths (looking for opportunities instead of problems). Appreciation and empathy is at the core. 
 
Co-creative: Involving different stakeholders in the process and letting them design and create in multidisciplinary teams, so they can share and exchange their knowledge, thoughts, ideas and feelings. This results in ownership and engagement. 
 
Transformative: We aim at transformative and sustainable change by offering new innovative tools that will inspire communities to take co-ownership. We do not preach solutions, we co-create them!  
 
Imaginative: Imagination is key to creating new and innovative solutions for today’s societal issues. This requires an open-mind and curiosity  “Logic can lead you from A to B, imagination will get you everywhere” (Albert Einstein) 
 
Value-Based: Values and Vision will always serve as an umbrella for the imagineering process and way of working. 
 
Evolving: We create and think in an adaptive manner. There is not one solution for complex problems. Rather, it is a way of thinking that deals with challenges in an evolving manner.
DISCOVER & DEFINE: 

Intention: Appreciate and discover ‘what is’, without having a solution in mind yet. This requires an open-mind and empathic attitude. This phase we zoom out and see the bigger picture. We look for strengths, rediscover successes, empathise with needs and pain points. In the define phase we synthesise the results of the first phase. 
DREAM & DETERMINE: 
 
“The starting point for innovation should be a better ideology rather than a better technology. It is the ideology that adds meaning for people and in doing so engages and mobilises them to innovate and alter reality into an envisioned future" Diane Nijs, 2018. 
 
Intention: Mobilising stakeholders to dream of what ‘could be’. In this phase, we will set the stage for imagination and envisioning a preferred future. We will build on existing values and determine a vision/high concept that will serve as an umbrella for the experiences and concepts that we will design in the following phases. This vision serves as the dot on the horizon, it mobilises and inspires stakeholders to contribute to a better future in the long term. We then determine the challenge(s) for the next phases within the area of impact and dreams of the stakeholders. 
 
(This phase ensures evolution instead of isolated innovative concepts because experiences and concepts might change according to future needs, but the vision and values will always be at the core, inspiring and mobilising stakeholders, working towards a collective vision, the concepts are just the ‘’hows’’) 
DESIGN & DEVELOP:
Intention: In this ideation phase we will bring together ‘what is’ with ‘what might be’ to create ‘what should be’. Meaning that we will translate the vision into experiences and concepts that will serve and empower the community. Experimentation and iteration are key as we close the gap between our insights, ideas and human-centered and empowering concepts / experiences. 
 
SUSTAINABLE FLOURISHING: 
 
Making sure initiatives are sustainable and evolving. As imagineers leave the process, ownership must eventually be present in the communities. Ambassadors must keep momentum and continue to mobilise stakeholders. This means stakeholders must be involved throughout the process and support must be present during and beyond projects when needed. 

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