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Collaboration with Climate-KIC

This term I’ve had the exciting opportunity of working with Climate-KIC and travelling to Amsterdam and Valencia to consult on their exciting new pilot ‘Green Innovation in Schools’.

Climate-KIC is the European Union’s main climate innovation initiative.  It is one of three Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) created in 2010 by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). The EIT is an EU body whose mission is to create sustainable growth.

The KICs bring together education, entrepreneurship and innovation, resulting in connected, creative transformation of knowledge and ideas into new products or services that help to tackle climate change.

As part of their work with entrepreneurs, Climate-KIC have developed a fantastic set of visual tools to support their system innovation approach.  This means that the approach moves the focus away “from research and the support of science and technology towards the whole process of innovation, in which research is only one element”.

One of the many really exciting things about this piece of work is that not only is it working with educators in several countries across Europe, but it is also a cross-KIC initiative.  This means that it’s not just Climate-KIC involved but the other KICs including: Food, Raw Materials, InnoEnergy, Health and Digital.

In 2018 Solutions for the Planet will be running sessions with teachers and students, that will work on co-creating these tools and also using them to help our students understand more about their problems (the Pentagonal Problem), the context around their problem (the Context Map), defining the main actors (the Actor Tree) and visioning for the future (Cover Story).  We are confident that these visual tools will not only be useful to teachers in the context of our Big Ideas Programme but also in other applications in lessons.  We look forward to sharing more in the new year.

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Written by: Jen Baughan, CEO

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Solutions for the Planet Ltd.

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