For many organizations, getting from here to there can take months, at best. So, what if you only have 1.5 days to help 35 of the world’s most brilliant minds agree on a common vision for the future? This was the incredible challenge facing the Bridge Innovate® team and members of the International Organizations Network (ION), a prestigious members organization of leading academics and thought leaders in the field of global organizational studies and management from institutions including Stanford, Kyoto Sangyo University in Japan, and the International Institute for Management Development in Switzerland to name a few, for one of ION’s annual conferences.
Bridge worked with ION’s event sponsors to design and facilitate an Accelerated Design Workshop. The highly interactive process included defining the challenge, researching and scanning trends and data for insight and inspiration, developing solution prototypes, and creating action plans to take the vision forward.
Bridge’s accelerated design process helped ION achieve rapid consensus on their future vision. The session provided a platform for open communication coupled with mutual respect, which created a safe environment for honest dialogue. In addition to generating group buy-in on a common vision for the future, participants learned new techniques and ways of thinking to help solve complex challenges.
According to ION’s event sponsor, Dr. Sully Taylor, Director of International Programs and Professor of International Management for the Portland State University School of Business Administration, “The results of the conference far exceeded everyone's expectations and even hopes, and pushed us over the top to another phase in the organization's history. My hope now is that we can find the ways to keep the momentum going and the output on track.