We run a variety of capability-building formats,
from a two hour workshop to a six month program.
Introduction to human centred design
We can give your team a taste of human centred design in an interactive half-day, full day, or two day workshop.
We'll cover what makes innovation different from most daily work, and what mindsets, processes, and structures are best for supporting innovation in your organisation.
6 month project-based program
The best way to build capability is to learn by doing.
This is an incubator program that runs over three or six months (depending on your project). We'll run a series of workshops over the time, between which your team will be out in the field trying it out. We'll always be available behind the scenes to help get over difficult barriers or specific challenges.
Building an innovation team
Want to build an innovation team inside your organisation or strengthen an existing one?
We can help you with understanding who to hire, how to structure the work, what to place on your innovation roadmap, and how to measure performance.
Our ideas are only as good as the inspiration we can draw upon.
Need to expose your team to new ideas and approaches? We can run a two-hour interactive session customised for your team and your sector.
With over 1800 active volunteers, Trees for Life (TFL) has a strong presence in South Australia. Recognising that community attitudes to volunteering are changing, they approached us to build their innovation capability, explore future audiences, and get ahead of the change.
We designed a nine month version of our innovation incubator for TFL, customised for a mixed group including staff, the leadership team, and two sustainability officers from partnering councils.
The process began with a two-day intensive on the foundations of human-centred design and ethnographic design research. Then over the next seven weeks, participants went out and interviewed members of the community about their lives and their relationship with nature.
We then brought them back together for a three-day process of making sense of patterns, insights, and opportunities within the data from those interviews. We used those insights to generate ideas, develop concepts, and start a prototyping process for the teams to try out over five months.
Coming out of the process, TFL now has an innovation portfolio and active projects across three horizons of change, staff trained in innovation processes, leadership trained in managing innovation, and stronger partnerships with key local councils.
Feedback from the series of Trees for Life innovation workshops was overwhelmingly positive with a “likely to recommend” average rating of 9.7 out of 10. Participants said:
“The facilitators managed to keep us on track while covering a lot of ground. Passionate, enthusiastic, respectful, friendly.”
“Brilliant facilitators, so much energy, excellent process”
“Open, responsive, proactive, humble— yet directive.”
“Great at pulling messy strings back together, yet ‘loosely.’”
“Very inspiring & adaptable / accommodating.”
“Skill in guiding through process and navigating the whole group through extremely complex ideas & process.”