Co-Design Session promotes innovation and open dialogue

Led by Tatiana Glad, participants exchange ideas and perspectives on social innovation. (source: Co-Design Session media)

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Empowering community members to grow and innovate and encouraging dialogue and open discussions leading to the inception of great ideas were in the very centre of the recently held Co-Design Session that hosted Tatiana Glad, founder and director of Impact Hub Amsterdam, according to a press statement sent to Business Malta.

Organised by the ENISIE Project at the Malta Innovation Hub within the Malta Life Sciences Park, the well-attended event formed part of the Malta Innovation Summit 2019 further contributing to the current wave of social innovation.

After a brief introduction, the session kicked off with a SWOT analysis [a technique used to determine and define strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats] of the Malta Innovation Hub where participants, hailing from various industries, voiced their thoughts and suggestions.

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Drawing from her international experience and knowledge of innovation tools, Ms Glad conducted multiple exercises inviting the participants to engage and exchange their perspectives. The final part of the day-long event saw an in-depth group discussion on thematic areas such as e-health, food technology and sustainable tourism.

“As a practice, innovation to me is about understanding ourselves as living systems in constant cycles of creation and closure whereby we see the closing of a phase as feeding into a new one. We make our organisations and businesses more resilient if innovation is an embedded and ongoing practice. There are techniques and methodologies with which organisations can ensure a continuous cycle of innovation,” Ms Glad told Business Malta earlier.

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“Events like these serve as an incubator for innovation and thought-provoking discussions bringing the entrepreneurship aspect of an organisation closer to the community it operates in. Our aim is to foster a culture of collaboration and participation between businesses and communities which will result in a successful positive social impact,” said Ing. Joseph P. Sammut, Chairman of the Malta Life Sciences Park.

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