trans:form:ed

Exposing leaders to new innovation models through cultural immersion

Venture
Film

Challenge

The Williamsburg High School of Arts and Technology in Brooklyn wanted to cultivate the next generation of computer engineers—creative, innovative thinkers with both the hard and soft skills necessary to become leaders of the future. To get there, they wanted students to become co-creators in their own education, rather than passive recipients of it, but they weren’t sure how to engage students in this way.

Outcome

To guide WHSAT’s efforts to engage students in co-creation, the Openbox team first immersed ourselves in the school, observing and interviewing students and staff. We used learnings from this round of research to design three experiments, involving real issues around the school, that would bring students and staff together as thought partners. These experiments ran live across the school for a week, exploring variables such as decision moments, roles, location, and timing. The experiment insights allowed us to develop a set of practical co-creation principles that the school can readily build upon for future co-creation activities—amplifying the equitable, arts-based, and experimental ethos of the school.

Full case study coming soon.

Exposing leaders to new innovation models through cultural immersion
Exposing leaders to new innovation models through cultural immersionExposing leaders to new innovation models through cultural immersion
trans:form:ed

Exposing leaders to new innovation models through cultural immersion

Venture
Film

Context

In an age of information overload, meaningful engagement is one of our greatest needs. This is especially true as the landscape for global problems to address becomes murkier and more complex. trans:form:ed is a peer-based, cultural immersion that exposes leaders to new innovation models and creates ideal conditions for deep reflection, strategy development and partnership cultivation. We selected Colombia as the site for our inaugural immersion experience for several reasons. With the peace accord having been recently signed between the government and the FARC, the country is experiencing a moment of redefinition — culturally, politically, technologically and economically. Colombia is attracting more attention as a global player in emerging technology, entrepreneurship and public private partnerships than ever before. The foundational topics for this inaugural program were identity, conflict, sustainability.

Partnership

Having developed the proof-of-concept for this program through the Strategy World Tour, filmed by Opendox in São Paulo and Mexico City, we partnered with the Chicago-based design firm ConicGroup to produce trans:form:ed Bogotá. ConicGroup's founder is a Colombian helping global organizations reimagine and enact visionary change. Some of our local partners in and around Bogotá included sustainable coffee plantation La Palma y El Tucán; graffiti artist DjLu and activists advocating for artist rights; LatAm's premier delivery service startup and fastest growing company, Rappi; the visionary advertising firm MullenLowe SSP3; the public private partnership organization creating new agriculture ecosystems, Corporación Colombia Internacional; renowned local restaurant Tábula; former guerrillas; and government innovators.


Exposing leaders to new innovation models through cultural immersionExposing leaders to new innovation models through cultural immersion
A Film created by local Bogotá filmmaker Ivan Herrera

Impact

Participants on our inaugural program ranged from strategists to executives to creatives seeking new insights that can be applied to their own professional and personal lives. An e-book of participant insights will be released by trans:form:ed in June 2019, as will coverage in deem journal in partnership with Bogotá-based independent journalism platform, Mutante.



Impact

Participants on our inaugural program ranged from strategists to executives to creatives seeking new insights that can be applied to their own professional and personal lives. An e-book of participant insights will be released by trans:form:ed in June 2019, as will coverage in deem journal in partnership with Bogotá-based independent journalism platform, Mutante.



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Impact

Participants on our inaugural program ranged from strategists to executives to creatives seeking new insights that can be applied to their own professional and personal lives. An e-book of participant insights will be released by trans:form:ed in June 2019, as will coverage in deem journal in partnership with Bogotá-based independent journalism platform, Mutante.



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Impact

Participants on our inaugural program ranged from strategists to executives to creatives seeking new insights that can be applied to their own professional and personal lives. An e-book of participant insights will be released by trans:form:ed in June 2019, as will coverage in deem journal in partnership with Bogotá-based independent journalism platform, Mutante.



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