Innovation Workshop - Preparing Minds for Serendipity

A Socratic Symposium for the 21st century.

A Socratic Symposium for the 21st century.

Earlier this summer, right before the political week in Almedalen, we held a workshop for members and friends of the Swedish Incubators and Science Parks (SISP). The idea was to gather a group of diverse people from all over society and engage them in transdisciplinary conversations about the future of innovation, human creativity and entrepreneurship. 

During the workshop we introduced our thoughts on how transdisciplinarity and design thinking can help adress wicked problems, how the skill of dialogue can be cultivated and how the concepts of serendipity and neuroarchitecture is helping to reshape the way organizations work with creativity in the workplace. 

Johanna talking about the role of empathy in purposeful dialogue.

Johanna talking about the role of empathy in purposeful dialogue.

The workshop ended with a Symposium where participants got to meet each other in mind-stretching conversations, combining ideas from art, science and culture to discuss matters of self, work and the meaning of life. Our tailor-made conversation menus introduced guests to a variety of thoughts spanning from Wittgenstein's view of language and understanding to the limits of neuroscience and the relevance of thinking clearly in a world of distractions.

Grilled salmon served with questions about courage and loneliness.

Grilled salmon served with questions about courage and loneliness.

The event was an opportunity for people to come together and reflect on the bigger issues of life and get to know each other on a deeper level before entering the hectic, stressful and often demanding environment in Almedalen.

"Chance only favors the prepared mind" (Louis Pasteur)

"Chance only favors the prepared mind" (Louis Pasteur)

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