The webinar will cover several methodological elements, practical applications, and examples on the application of network analysis to support policymaking process. The webinar is based on the overall framework of the socio-technical system and system innovation. This material is based in the Handbook Challenge-led system mapping, a knowledge management approach.
Climate-KIC offered an eight day coached sustainability transitions course for experienced environment and water management professionals, held in Valencia (Spain) from 22nd until 29th November 2014. It was designed to provide the key competencies and capabilities to be an innovator in the broad sense of this term. More than 35 people, from 15 different countries, were working on ‘Green skills’ in a programme designed to upgrade professional competences to face climate and sustainability challenges. The principal novelty of the course was to introduce horizontal and cooperative methods of working, involving low-profile hierarchies and greater autonomy. Hence, participants were collaborating hand-by-hand with international, regional specialists and problem owners related with climate change within a “project meeting” atmosphere.
Cristian Matti, social science researcher, together with Professor Anne J. Wieczorek and Coach Javier de Vicente, coordinated a team of well-known international experts including Jan Jonker, Corporate Sustainability; Todd Gartner, Water Management and Innovation; Caroline Van Leenders, Process Manager in Sustainable Transitions; and, Fernando J. Díaz López, Eco-innovation for Green economies. Furthermore, several regional experts participated in debates activities trying to reproduce real working negotiations with stakeholders. Additionally, participants have enjoyed study visits to actual projects in the regeneration area of Turia River and Naturals Park l´Albufera. A diverse set of activities such as breakfast and lunch seminars, workshops, world cafe or pitching, were performed horizontally in order to help participants to realize which skills are needed the most to deal with sustainability transitions enforced by climate change: thus, first, to be able to identify barriers, identify opportunities or stakeholders analysis; second, to be able to develop solutions –new business models– with system innovation projects, focus priorities for further exploration or low carbon innovation; and, finally, make transitions happen –plans into actions–. This pilot initiative performed as a living lab experience for both participants and experts who explored new learning techniques by shifting the role of experts, participants and speakers towards a more horizontal context of professional interaction. This particular program forms part of the Innovator Catalyst series and was aimed at experienced professionals with the enthusiasm and potential for influencing organizational change and system innovation. It was also organized by INGENIO (CSIC-UPV), Polytechnic University of Valencia and Vaersa.
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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.
University of LLeida (Spain) – Universidad Austral (Chile)
Training / coaching touring around the comprehensive system of knowledge transfer, from the beginning to the market launch. Presentation of different cases on
knowledge transfer offices and describing the most successful models of management. The training will include topics on intellectual property units, enhancement of knowledge, passing the incubation phase of the company in its initial period and ending with the maturing of this company with specific support for stabilization in the market. The workshops seek the exploration of ways to encourage scholars to perform these tasks, since usually the incentive systems of the university depend on the scientific production of the researcher and not entrepreneurship is valued.
Master in Business Strategy and Marketing. Universidad de Castilla – La Mancha
The seminar-workshop was aimed to introduce alternative but applied approaches for green business based in ecological economics theory. The seminar are oriented to foster the participants to link general concept as innovation, management and environment into a multi actor context while interacting through problem solving exercises which facilitates the debate and the elaboration of a more integrated idea by developing a business project idea.
Master in Management of Science and Innovation – INGENIO (CSIC-UPV)
Strategies and actions of companies and organizations to the environmental and social problems. The responsible company and sustainable operation. Business ethics and corporate reputation. Corporate Social Responsibility in the strategic management of companies and other organizations. Management of Social Responsibility Corporate and sustainability and its relation to environmental innovation and social innovation, eco-efficiency and eco-design. Eco-innovation, consumption patterns and environmental policies. Determinants of sustainable consumption patterns and behavior.
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Competence-based Postgraduate course for policy officers on Innovation and Territory
Secretariat for Regional and Administrative Development (SUBDERE) Chile
In 2012-2013 I have the inspiring experience of being the coordinator of blended professional course for more than 80 academics and R&D regional officers of 14 Chilean regions. The main area of interest are regional system of innovation and policy instruments. The initiative was part of the Proyecto RED (2010-2013) by which the EU supported Chilean government and regions to develop regional innovation polices through the use of the EU RIS methodology, currently Smart Specialization Strategies (RIS3).
Organization of intensive workshops designed with techniques to foster networking, collaboration and problem solving mechanism. With that respect, one of the most interesting challenge was the application of Dutch techniques to fostering dynamics among groups of participants from very different Chileans regions. Nice experience
Postgraduate blended course. OEI – AECID – INGENIO(CSIC-UPV)
This blended course was one of my first experience as academic tutor by delivering training trough online educational platforms. I enjoyed the process of designing and implementing training materials as well as exploring different forms of interaction with the participants. The course is aimed to provide knowledge and methodologies needed to develop professionally planning and management of cooperation within the socioeconomic environment by focusing in Private and Public Research interaction.