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March 2013 “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world. The unreasonable man adapts the world to himself. All progress depends upon the unreasonable man.” Course Overview: This course has been designed to you the time and space to learn more about social innovation – the ability to find innovative solutions to social and environmental problems. We shall endeavour to demonstrate that the talents honed through engaging in research can be applied in a different context. It is envisaged that the range of activities will inspire, reassure and motivate you to continue finding diverse ways to solve problems that we face in society today, it is the belief of the course team that researchers are key to this vision. Over the four days we will cover the following themes: Day 1: Motivations and Values Getting to know each other – Why am I a researcher and why do I do what I do? What values do we hold collectively? Creative problem solving Looking at how my research can solve grand challenges Looking at how research can make a difference to other people Turning ideas into reality Looking at how we could solve a social problem Looking at how we can set up a sustainable model to solve social problems Finding funding for a socially innovative idea Looking to my future and how my research skills might be used in my wider career Looking to my shorter to medium term future and action planning for it
Using a residential conference centre creates a strong environment for us to be able to do a wide range of activities and for us to work together as a whole group of 40 or as smaller groups of up to 8 people. It creates a good atmosphere for discussions between individuals or for reflection on your own. Food will be provided at regular intervals with breakfast from 7.30, lunch at 1.00pm and dinner at 7pm to help the process and although the days are relatively long (start at 9.15 am and finish approximately 7pm) there are spaces within the day and at the end of the day to catch up with yourself and others. We hope you enjoy it and it is useful.