Creativity & Innovation with the DG EAC’s Culture Policy Team

I finally got round to uploading the photos from my day with the DG EAC’s Culture Policy Team in Brussels last week.  They brought back some good memories!

The Hub, in the Chocolate Factory, Brussels

The Hub, in the Chocolate Factory, Brussels

They’d found a superb venue in what I understood to be a former Chocolate Factory, where a section had been converted into The Hub, a wonderfully creative space.

Everyone arrived dressed casually and ready to be creative!  It didn’t take long to get the creative juices going – amidst much laughter and intense discussion, we found inspiration and solutions from all around us and in us, and fully exploited imagination, knowledge, resources and culture –

Xavier Troussard and Vladimir Sucha DG EAC

Xavier Troussard and Vladimir Sucha DG EAC at The Hub

In the afternoon, we took the creative tools into an innovation session where the groups used the COSTAR process to focus on four fairly intractable issues they had previously identified.   The resulting presentations were amongst the most creative COSTARs I’ve seen for a quite a while with ideas coming from everyone, from the most junior to the most senior – with an especially magic moment when Petar demonstrated ‘proof of concept’ by teaching the group the devilishly tricky German alphabet through singing!

We finished the day by creating four different sequels to Cinderella which would all have the Grimm brothers spinning in their graves!

Creative thinking!

Creative thinking!

The in-between discussions were fascinating – the passionate belief in the power of culture to impact ‘horizontally’ on every aspect of EU policy, in fact on every aspect of life, which was shared by everyone in the room;  the repeated emphasis on the importance of relationships in solving issues;  the use of cross disciplinary teams to design solutions, to name but a few –

Creativity day with DG EAC   Culture Policy Team

Creativity day with DG EAC Culture Policy Team

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