Innovation Gym is a research lab dedicated to the discovery of new ways to invent and/or re-inventÂ ideas, processes, products, policies and infrastructures, through mind-shifting towards innovative thinking and the use of existing knowledge and experience.
Innovation Gym is a blend of artistic and scientific practices/actions, which are applied in the society for the benefit of the people and the economy; whilst focusing on the aspect of social impact. This practical crash course is always custom-made and combined with: a research on the specific topic on which it focuses each time, and a study of the profile of the people attending.
Innovation Gym is developed in three steps:
- How to get new and innovative ideas
- How to select and predict which of your ideas will succeed
- Design the blueprints and plans of your idea in a rapid-mapping approach.
The Innovation Gym trainings within the framework of Artecitya, were delivered by the Innovation trainer, engineer and multi-disciplinary artist Achilleas Kentonis and hosted by our network partners Bellastock (Paris, France), ArtBox and The Goethe Institute of Thessaloniki (Thessaloniki, Greece), Apollonia (Strasbourg, France). The final training will take place this coming May at Kunstrepublik (Berlin, Germany).
Each version is custom-made based on the participantsâ€™ needs and the scope/field of work that each organization focuses on/wishes to improve. The Innovation Gym in Paris focused on “Innovative Design in platforms with social and ecological impact”; in Thessaloniki on “Citizen’s Innovative Initiatives & Design-process Engagement”; and in Strasbourg on “Social Innovation and Sustainable practices”. In Berlin, the trainings will be focused on the subject of on â€œParticipative Design and Economic Sustainability”.
The mentoring of the participants, based on the processes and techniques that were developed during the trainings, carries on in the months following the training sessions, in order to ensure its successful outcomes and a mind-shift towards more innovative and efficient methods and practices of implementing each task that they come across.