The Pioneers into Practice (PIP) programme seeks to offer a platform for policy makers and practitioners engaged in studying, designing and promoting day-to-day professional practices in business, government and research. Climate-KIC is one of three Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) created in 2010 by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). This community of European partners from the private, public and academic sectors, engages a broad spectrum of activities to offer new solutions for the realms of innovation, entrepreneurship and training.
I joined PIP in 2010 when it was just a pilot initiative and I discovered as a Pionner new forms of interaction between professional involved in environmental innovation. I became a Regional mentor in 2012 and since that moment I have applied different methodologies to foster group’s dynamics on exploring business and research ideas within a participatory environment. In 2014 as the Coordinator of regional coaches in Valencia, I have the challenge of designing activities, developing materials and guiding a team of professional coaches to encourage pioneers on thinking “out of the box” and applying Transition approach through an intensive and interactive process of professional upgrade.
The key element of the programme is upgrading multidisciplinary professional skills by opportunities and broadening the professional and institutional networks and among different knowledge fields and geographies. Participants explore visions of new low carbon scenarios and opportunities to innovate on diferent knowledge areas sush as transport, buildings, energy networks, water management but they also integrate professional capacities on organizational, technological, natural science, economics and many other fields.
The video bellow collects different perspective on the experience of Pioneers into Practice programme. This year we are organizing several activities to enhance the climate change community.