Green Ideas (http://greenideasproject.org) are interactive and engaging workshops that explore ways in which green innovation may be empowered by education and technology. They are organized in the form of dynamic workshops that use a design-thinking & enquiry based approach to innovate new ideas with actionable next steps. Within a Green Ideas event, collaboration and ideation happen in stages (harvest requirements, plant seeds, cultivate ideas, blossom & thrive). Throughout the experience, participants engage in activities that accelerate meaningful collaboration. This is why the format of Green Ideas is ideal for bringing together people from different backgrounds and for combining them in groups that work collectively towards common problems or “goals”: by mixing different stakeholder representatives, their collective creativity is used as a generator of ideas and tangible action plans.
The uniqueness of Green Ideas lies on the unique nature of the environmental problems it attempts to address. GI is not yet another design thinking approach. We built upon these proven and widely adopted techniques and we adapt them to fit the needs and particularities of the communities we work with. The needs of the people that are faced with environmental problems but also its opportunities are a focal part of Green Ideas approach.