Fresh Thinking Labs Events programme from Eduard Iacob's blog
Fresh Thinking Labs Events programme
Fresh Thinking Labs brings together companies and other organisations from across Europe to learn from each other about creating high performing, innovative and healthy workplaces.
Our programme offers opportunities to share practical experiences with people leading change in a diverse, international range of organisations, and to learn from leading European experts about what really works.
The focus is on releasing the creativity and talent of people throughout the organisation, enabling employees to contribute actively and systematically to innovation and improvement in products, services and processes. Employee-Driven Innovation is a bottom-up approach which empowers people, to reflect on past experiences and future challenges, to ask difficult questions, to learn from diverse places and to take part in creative dialogue with a wide range of other stakeholders.
Being part of the programme gives you automatic membership of Fresh Thinking Labs, providing you with access to a growing international community of enterprises Fresh Thinking Labs members benefit from:
- Personal introductions to other members by experienced international facilitators.
- Online search and matching based on your interests and expertise.
- Live knowledge-sharing forums and Sofinars on member-identified themes.
- In Person Labs: small, closed groups exploring a specific issue together.
- Sharing and developing good practice through facilitated workplace visits.
- Unique resources including research evidence, case studies and practical tools.
- Workshops and company-hosted events for all Fresh Thinking Labs members.
Individual rate €350 / £300. Participation in events and the online platform for twelve months.
Corporate rate on application
Flat, agile and world class
Learn from experts how Dutch companies are achieving competitive success through versatile and adaptive working practices. You’ll also see these principles in action in two innovative SMEs.
Leadership for Workplace Innovation
A deep dive into the principles and practice of workplace innovation as a route to high performance and employee engagement.
Workplace Innovation & the Digital Economy
International experts and leading Swedish companies (including Astra Zeneca and Scania) sharing latest thinking and practice, including two company visits.
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What they say about us
What we’ve seen today is that the Fresh Thinking Labs concept has helped us get a pretty good picture of what we’re actually trying to do. Sometimes we try to tackle stuff without knowing exactly what the problem is. So what I’ve found today is that the questioning from all the different organisations has given some clarity to our thinking. They ask ‘what exactly is your problem? We don’t understand it so what makes you think you understand it.’
This makes us really think about what we are doing, what we are trying to achieve and what our problem is.
Tom Francis, Saint Gobain
Today has been absolutely brilliant. Fresh Thinking Labs is about interaction and the whole concept of bringing businesses together to share their experiences in this way is ground-breaking and invaluable.
Herman Kok, Lindum Group
I think the Fresh Thinking Labs concept is incredibly important because if you only rely on your own company and the people in your own organisation, then you’re very limited as to how you are going to develop innovation and engagement.
Coming together with other companies helps you recognise that we have similar problems and challenges. In some case other companies have actually tackled a problem you’ve got, and come up with a solution that may have taken you months or even years to resolve. Getting together and sharing ideas has real value, real benefits.
Malcolm Bond, Rittal CSM
The power of events of this nature is that you are exposed to things you wouldn’t normally be exposed to. It reminds you that if you only act on what you already know, you’ll never change. The concept of Fresh Thinking Labs exposes you to new ways of applying different thinking to the organisation and that’s the real power of it. I have learned a lot today – much more than I anticipated when I first arrived.
Jeremy Ling, Bristan Group
Fresh Thinking Labs provides an amazing opportunity for individuals to get together, share what they’re doing and have the chance to think outside of work. Taking that step back, reflecting and being able to bounce ideas off others is invaluable. There’s lots of things I’ve already taken away after just one session.
It’s easy to think that you’re the only one going through these challenges when actually a lot of us have similar things going on, similar ideas and we all want to progress. The opportunity to compare different perspectives and bounce ideas around is invaluable.
Mary Lester, Nottingham City Council
It’s good to see that other businesses have exactly the same challenges and to be able to collectively solve the problems that we’re facing. There’s a wealth of knowledge around that we can access and help each other out.
Tom Francis, Business Manager, Saint-Gobain
It’s really nice to have a group of organisations coming together to share things that have happened in our workplaces. Even if they’re different, there are commonalities that we can learn from.
Natalie Wilkie, Innovation Team, The Met Office
We’ve built a good community of people who share what they’ve got and know that they’re not alone in facing the challenges they have in their own companies.
Mark Wightman, Head of Development, Red Gate Software
While taking part in the lastest and most challenging Fresh Thinking Lab with GE Mining, I was asked what I got out of participating in the event, which was a great question and one that caused me to reflect on the whole event. For me it is all about Personal Development. By applying my Experience, Knowledge and Beliefs to a different organisation I must analyse and examine the issues from the point of first principle. In doing so we inevitably reflect on the application and effectiveness of those aspects within our own organisation. Testing what we believe we know to be true refines our understanding leading to continual improvement; every day is a learning day.
Warren Glover Head of Employee Wellbeing and Development, Lindum Group Ltd
We wanted a WOW factor and you’ve certainly delivered that!
Tony Williams, Executive Director of People, Orbit Group
From a personal point of view I found Peter and Rosemary very easy to work with and their knowledge of the workplace is exceptional. They were always there to help, guide and point us in the right direction.
Irene Emery, Customer Services Director, Pendragon Contracts
Our collaboration with Professor Totterdill and his colleagues proved to be inspired. Professor Totterdill filled the role of Masterclass facilitator with what seemed like effortless ease, thanks to a thorough grasp of the subject matter, a warm and engaging style of interacting with the audience, and a thoroughly professional approach to planning and preparation.
Lucy Fallon-Byrne, Director, National Centre for Partnership and Performance, Ireland
I highly recommend Peter and his team to anyone wanting to inspire and educate people about how to manage change well in organisations.
Sharon Darwent, Head of Employee Engagement, BT