TEACHERS: Aalto University: Mikko Jalas, Armi Temmes, Katri-Liisa Pulkkinen, Pekka Murto &
Co-Creative Process®Inquiry facilitators Terhi Takanen, Teila Tanner-Heikkilä, Liisa Lähteenmäki
PARTNERS: The Governing body of Suomenlinna
MORE INFO: Official transcription: WebOodi, Photographs: CS Flickr
Creative Teamwork (MUO-E8000) took place in September 2017. The course is the first compulsory course for all CS students and it is built around three intensive days of learning in a beautiful Suomenlinna island. In Creative Teamwork, the students learned methods for multidisciplinary teamwork through practice: designing mindful tourism in Suomenlinna.
The course was organized by Creative Sustainability teachers and CoCreative Process®Inquiry [CCPI] facilitators. CoCreative Process Inquiry is a Finnish developmental which supports renewing processes in organisations, teams and networks. Mikko Jalas, programme director of Creative Sustainability, and Terhi Takanen, co-creative developer, were responsible for the program, which included methods from CCPI to regenerative design. This new approach to cooperation has been developed through long term action research in the Ministry of Finance (Phd dissertation, Takanen 2013), and it was now taken forward with the students of Creative Sustainability.
On the final day in Suomenlinna, the students invited participants and teachers to experiment with their ideas on mindful tourism. The experiments took place in the field, in the actual locations of their proposals. Some of the experiments were conducted through acting, some involved the audience as participants. Some groups included even the locals and tourists of Suomenlinna into their experiments, such as a group that left a diary in the fortress to be filled by passers-by. In only two days the diary attained five thoughtful insights from Asia, North America and Europe.
For the students, the course was surprising. In the beginning, the students were slightly confused and unsure how they should behave in a team – as a professional, a person, a human or academic. However, from this confusion, the students all agreed that the process helped them to find a new way to work together as a team, without following traditional patterns related to their professions. CCPI’s approach encouraged self-awareness and openness to new perspectives. The methods were practiced with the facilitators, but the students were challenged to consider for themselves how to apply these tools in their team.