Methods and tools for working with people, groups, organisations and society

30-31 October 2017

Wroclaw, Poland

This intensive two day course aims at increasing the abilities of practitioners (business, social and public settings) to foster innovations in international and intercultural environments. By combining the five steps of Design Thinking (empathy, define, ideate, prototype, test) with a deeper multiple-level analysis of social factors affecting initiative, participants will be able to focus on their own problems and ideas, flexibly adjusting them to their individual needs.

A simulation game called the “Energy Tranisition Game” will be used during the course to help you experience the importance of social interactions that take places at many levels simultaneously phase in practice. The course will outline the full spectrum of challenges, interconnections, and trade-offs involved in launching new public and private initiatives (be it startups, new products/services, policies or campaigns); this will foster a better understanding of what is needed to achieve success at individual, group, organization and society levels.

The course will put tools and methods at your finger tips that are tailored to promote your own initiative, shaping the pathway to a climate-friendly transition.

An intrinsic part of the course is intensive e-learning support (before and after the course).

The course is officially co-organized with the Centre for Systems Solutions in Wroclaw.

What we offer

You will gain the appropriate skills to undertake and develop your own successful transition initiatives. In particular, you will:

  • Gain leadership skills to navigate a climate-friendly transition in the safe but challenging environment of a simulation game
  • Learn how to apply various methods and tools which support climate-friendly innovation processes
  • Share your ideas with other participants and experts experienced in designing and executing systemic innovations
  • Establish enduring contacts through a peer-to-peer network
  • Understand different perspectives, the potentials and limitations of systemic exchange.

Further Information about the course content, the agenda, and the coaches is available in the Infopack.

Who can take part?

The course is geared towards participants at many different levels:

  • Entrepreneurs who are planning or running climate-related startups
  • Managers who introduce new products/services in established companies
  • Managers in public administration who plan and introduce new policies and regulations
  • Scientists conducting research on climate transition processes
  • NGO members planning or running climate projects/campaigns.

The course is participant-focused. We will address specific problems related to your initiatives, flexibly adjusting the content to meet your needs. By putting strong emphasis on social processes, the workshop is suitable for a wide range of industries and sectors.

Fees and registration

Course fee: 800 Euro

  • Course fees cover participation in the workshop, workshop material, food during the workshop and any site vists.
  • A 50 % discount on the regular fee is available for Climate-KIC partners, public institutions, Climate-KIC alumni and NGOs.
  • Participation can be cancelled free of charge until four weeks before the course. Fees already paid will be reimbursed. 50% of course fees are payable in case of cancellation later and up until one week before the course. Full fees apply in the case of cancellation less than one week before the course.


Climate-KIC values diversity and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified candidates regardless of age, gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion or ethnic background.

Grant application

Grant applications are possible for participants of EIT Regional Innovation Scheme (EIT RIS) including citizens of the following countries: Bulgaria, Cyprus, Estonia, Latvia, Malta, Portugal, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia.

Grants cover the participation fee, workshop material, boarding during the workshop and any site vists.


Please note that spots are limited and applications will be assessed as they come in. The deadline for application is 20 October 2017.

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