More than 80 participants attended the Solution Conference in November 15th, looking to find creative solutions for everyday challenges. Their mixture created an inspiring and productive day. The GOP vibrated with energy. “I could have easily gone on like this for another day!”, one of the attendants says enthusiastically. “People around me were likewise electrified.” Prevailing conditions were simple: Four experts for creativity and competent solutions resp. solution competence each gave an incentive speech presenting themselves and their way to set about solving a problem, thus outlining what to expect from their afternoon workshops. Out of fourteen suggestions, the audience voted four problems to solve. After lunch, people were divided into four groups. The topics were as follows:
How can public waste at busy places like train stations etc. be reduced to make the place more welcoming and good to be at?
- What can be done about neighborhood networking and creating a positive climate in the city?
- How can distribution of food be improved – so as to use and eat it and not to throw it away like we do right now?
- What can be done to stop people endangering themselves by using smartphones in traffic – without demanding legal regulations?
Topics rotated in two rounds, so that you could either follow your favourite set of problem or experience a trainer and her or his method twice, applying it to different questions. Their techniques, by the way, were refreshing and heterogeneous. Karem Albash, for example, makes use of presence techniques in order to access intuition and clear the mind. Gerrit Danz has developed the innovation technique KREATORIK, Cordula Nussbaum inspired individual ways to solve problems “off the beaten track”. Christian Buchholz concentrates on the mindset.
What next? “I have chosen my personal favorite out of the Top 4 to follow the thread together with committed others”, says Niels Bäumer who initiated and presented the conference. The primary aim of the conference, alas, is a different one. “It is not about creating absolutely new ideas and transfer them one-on-one. It is about giving people access to creative techniques and to make them give serious thoughts about stuff.” Well, without a doubt: This works. And we are eager to continue!