Case owner meet 14.8.

Today the case owners decided on the actual next steps of how the continuation of this year’s ACSI knowledge sharing can be ensured. They are going to organize a Skype meeting in two weeks and also have a gathering after six months to contemplate on the actions that have happened. This is especially useful for the city cases that are aiming for high collaboration between the cities that are closely situated geographically.

The ACSI 2012 has been a great learning experience for the case owners and they are rally enthusiastic to see how the process they are taking home will work. But at the moment they are more excited about the ACSIbition that is happening at Design Factory from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.

Let’s have a great ACSIbition!

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Case owner meet 13.8.

In today’s meeting many reflections were made on the camp. Case owners discussed various issues regarding group sizes, accommodations, working areas and many more. Overall the case owners are happy with the way that the groups have molded into very interactive and cooperative teams. They have noticed clear advancements and as they earlier were afraid of the role that they have in the group is too much thought as a leader, this was not so much the case anymore. One case owner was even proud to announce that she was kicked out of her group’s work room!

As a new topic, the issue of remaining in contact after the camp and ensuring that the learning’s are put into action instead of forgotten generated much discussion. The ACSI experience is often easily considered an eight day project where groups gather together and try to solve a case. This is of course not the case. ACSI should be considered more as a process of knowledge creation and learning. For example, with the city cases the feeling was that the focus of the groups might be too specific towards the single city. Instead the outcomes of the group work should be thought of as applicable to larger regions and metropolitan areas.

The case owners showed much enthusiasm towards staying in contact and continuing working together after the camp. This is also something that all groups should remember to do. Benefit from your new friends; keep in touch because they may still be extremely valuable contacts. The case owners further discussed the ACSI alumni and how they should be actively taken in to consideration during the camp. It is possible that those people who have taken part in ACSI before would like to participate in some other way.

Let’s all remember to remain active!

Case owner meet 12.8.

The day at Oittaa was regarded as valuable, but the usefulness was not equal to all groups. Perhaps a day such as this should be held at a point where all groups are somewhat in the same situation. Nevertheless, the Geometry of Balance by Sebastian Mahaluf was considered to be interesting.

The ACSI process has never been meant to be only an 8 day camp, where certain cases are studied and then everyone goes back to their old jobs and forget about ACSI. It’s meant to be a though provoking and mindset changing process that would continue still after the camp so that each participant can take something they’ve learned home and apply that in their work life. So far the case owners feel that ACSI has already changed peoples’ mindsets, at least the way that people are challenged to think ideas over again. One wish was that as there are so many methods of communication today, that there would be a follow up meeting in for example 6 months’ time. Then it would be possible to contemplate on how the process has continued after the camp as well.

Invitation: ACSIbition at Aalto University presents creative solutions to societal challenges on August 14th

ACSIbition at Aalto University presents creative solutions to societal challenges on August 14th.
Venue: Aalto University, Design Factory, Betonimiehenkuja 5 C, Espoo
Time: Tuesday August 14th at 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
International teams have been creating new models for societal renewal based on specific questions and challenges brought by stakeholders in three countries. Their ideas and answers, including promising directions for further action, will be presented at the ACSIbition event at the Design Factory in Otaniemi.

We would like to invite you to attend, and are happy to welcome you there.

Aalto Camp for Societal Innovation (ACSI), an innovation program co-organized by Aalto University and the New Club of Paris, brings together professionals, students, artists, designers and professors from all over the world together to work on societal challenges. This year approximately 80 participants from 25 countries will spend eight days (August 7th -14th) participating. Resulting models, methods, perspectives and prototypes will be presented at the ACSIbition event on Tuesday the 14th. Topics discussed during the camp revolve around issues such as creating an inclusive society, developing new kinds of collaboration, bringing urban and regional environments to life, and possible financial models for the future. Various challenges have been brought to ACSI by Amsterdam, the Skåne Region, Espoo, Kotka and Finland Futures Research Centre.

We invite you to the ACSIbition-presentations and exhibition, which the participants will visualize with the support of our Chilean artist-in-residence Sebastian Mahaluf. Mahaluf is the first artist of the residency program created by ACSI and Helsinki International Artist Program (HIAP).

The visitors will have an opportunity to explore new opportunities in the ICT sector, new models for regional co-operation and the next engines of the economy, as they interaction with participants.

Welcome! And spread the word around!
Aalto Camp for Societal Innovation ACSI: http://acsi.aalto.fi/en/
Aalto Design Factory: http://aaltodesignfactory.fi/
Sebastian Mahaluf: www.mahaluf.net

ACSI is part of Aalto University’s Living+ programme to celebrate the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012.

Aalto Camp for Societal Innovation ACSI is part of the EER year programme. The EU Committee of the Regions has labelled Helsinki-Uusimaa as the European Entrepreneurial Region (EER) 2012. The EER status will be manifested in numerous events organized in Helsinki-Uusimaa Region during 2012, reinforcing the 2012 World Design Capital theme year.

Case owner meet 10.8.

The case owners met again this morning to discuss pressing issues in the groups. A clear focus for today is the prototyping and making case-visits for other cases. Yesterday’s meeting clearly had an effect, because case owners continued to think how the visits could be most effective. For the visitors role the conclusion was made that they should not be too disruptive and remember that they are guests. On the other hand, they are also valuable resources for the groups, so a win-win situation is hoped for where both sides benefit from each other. Just remember that time is of the essence here at ACSI as we only have 8 days to work together.

Most of the conversation this morning reflected upon the case owner’s role. They fear that group members regard them too much as leaders and try to please them because of this, and also look too much for answers from the case owners. This is of course not the purpose of ACSI, where each member of the team is considered equal. Every member of a case should open their talents and take responsibility within the group so that their ideas and views are heard. The construction of the groups was made so that they would be as versatile as possible to ensure a broader method of innovation. We sincerely hope that everyone who participates in ACSI can take something that they have learned home with them and not only the case owners.

A good documentary on this kind of laissez-faire group work can be viewed on Youtube. It follows the chamber orchestra Orpheus and how they conduct their music without a conductor.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtblP6ECnbI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-jnX5A-YkE&feature=relmfu

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVdXwFiUNCE&feature=relmfu

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRnusrE_T34&feature=relmfu

Case owner meet 9.8.

The case owners meet every morning to reflect on what they feel are important issues that have stirred conversation. Yesterday the case owners found that there are a lot of overlapping and similarities in the cases and thus opportunities for shared learning. All participants felt that they could learn much from the other cases and learn ideas for their own work. However, it was also noted that at the moment the groups should still focus on their own cases as the knowledge of those is not yet at a high enough level. Also, groups should remember to focus mainly on their own agendas as too much contemplation on other cases can disrupt the original purpose of each case. So it is highly likely that at some point all groups will have visitors from other teams!

Information is something that we want to have as much as possible. This is of course natural and encouraged. But the case groups should not only focus on gathering information. There is a broad material at each team’s use that is every individual’s own special knowledge, and this should be harnessed. A suggestion was made of prototyping. That teams would learn by doing and focus on strengths already at their disposal.