Open Innovation Workshop: Collaborative thinking for creative solutions

An inspiring workshop on "Open Innovation" took place on 21 March 2024. Over 20 committed employees from all four faculties and the library came together to develop creative solutions.


Photo credit: "Open Innovation" workshop with participants from various fields of study at HSRW © Luisa Hegner / HSRW

The workshop offered participants the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the open innovation approach based on specific questions and apply it using creative methods. The focus was on designing an open innovation process from the outset and involving relevant stakeholders and their different perspectives. This approach makes it possible to organise the process in a needs-oriented and application-oriented manner in order to work effectively and collaboratively on solutions to social problems.

In order to familiarise themselves with the approach, the participants worked on specific challenges from their own everyday work and research in four work phases. Under the motto "One Mission", the first group dealt with the future of university faculties, while the second group focussed on the development of action-oriented, school-based educational programmes on the topic of sustainability. The third group focussed on the question of how virtual reality can be used to create immersive experiences for people with disabilities, such as Parkinson's patients.

One of the workshop highlights was the role play, in which the participants put themselves in the shoes of the various stakeholders. Abstract ideas were then visualised using Lego bricks and idea sketches were created to illustrate processes. This creative method helped the participants to shape their thoughts in concrete terms and visualise potential solutions.

The workshop took place as part of the SciCultureD project and was moderated by City2Science.