WHY SOCIAL INNOVATION

OUR METHOD: 6-D 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. 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 & sustainable concepts. 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 underlying principles of the Impact Model: The A-CODE
Always be: 
  • Appreciative
  • Collaborative & Curious 
  • Open-minded
  • Daring 
  • Empathic 
Appreciative: Appreciate 'what is'. Looking at things from a place of admiration created a worldview that shows the good in any given situation. It is not about ignoring the negative or being oblivious, it is about looking at the negatives, from an appreciative point of view.
 
Collaborative: It is the realization that together we go way further than alone. True and sustainable transformation will only be possible through collaboration and synergy with others. Like Stephen Covey says, '' Achieving independence is more or less automatic, but achieving interdependence requires intentionality and insight, courage and humility; independence may produce change, but only interdependence can give birth to transformation"
 
Curious: Along the way to adulthood, we might have lost our curious mindset. But curiosity is what gives life joy and depth! It is what triggers us to learn, explore, to play. With this mindset, we are open to new perspectives, new insights, a new future. Daring to follow our curiosity is what takes us on a joyful journey of exploring what life has in store for us and how we might be of service to others! 
Open-minded: Being open-minded means that you are open towards new creative opportunities, new ways of looking at the world. There is so much that we can not grasp with our human-intellect. But there is so much to learn and discover, but only if you are humble enough to post-pone your judgement, a new world will show herself to you. 
 
Daring: To be daring is to live. Life can be scary, getting yourself out there, might be scary. But this is right where the magic happens. To be daring means to step out of your comfrot zone and push yourself to grow into new directions, it is daring to do something new, something innovative, because you have a vision. Challenging yourself and the status-quo is daring, and we dare you to keep on trying!
Empathic: "Seek first to understand, then to be understood". Place yourself in other people's shoes, post-pone judgement, truly listen. This might sound easy, but this asks for vulnerability, cause truly listening, requires your undivided attention, it is not about you. It is about the other. It is not about your reply, or about convincing the other in your perspective, it is about understanding and appreciating the other person. 
The phases of our 6-day impact model: 
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-centred 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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