Ideas2Go-yxe - Community

Parkinsons

Travis Low, Executive Director of the Parkinson Society, Saskatchewan with Susan and Bill Brooks


eclecthink is offering ideation sessions to Saskatoon community based organizations to help them with situations or problems that require imaginative approaches.  eclecthink recruits 5-7 ideation specialists from the community to participate for each session.  This is a pilot project, the continuation of which will depend on the response from organizations and from ideation specialists.  Please send expressions of interest to W.Brooks.  Any size of organization may participate.  There is no cost for this program.

 

A brief written description of the challenge (no more than half a page) will be required by the Friday before the Monday session at the latest.

 

The sessions should take about an hour and are organized as follows:

 

  • Brief introduction and brain starter
  • Description of organizations and the challenge
  • Questions from the ideation specialists
  • Divergent ideation session
  • Convergent session
  • Discussion of next steps

 

Typically, sessions run once a month on Monday Mornings at 7:30 a.m. in an appropriate location.  There are no specific requirements for situations except that:

 

  • They cannot be fundraising
  • The organization must have influence on implementing a solution, 
  • The situation must be of importance and must need an imaginative solution,
  • The organization is willing to endorse our program with others.

 

Tentative Schedule for September 2017 to May 2018 - all sessions held on a Monday.

 

  • September 25th
  • October 23rd
  • November 27th
  • January 22nd
  • February 26th
  • March 26th
  • April 23rd
  • May 28th

 

 

Please contact W. Brooks if you would like to participate - sessions are selected as they come in.

 

WHAT PARTICIPANTS ARE SAYING:

 

SASKATOON FOOD BANK AND LEARNING CENTRE:

After the session our fabulous community developer developed a strategy using the ideas generated as the foundation.  Several of the ideas were ones that we may not have thought of ourselves,  However I would say the greatest impact from the ideation session was the momentum and energy it provied to kick start our efforts.

Thank you so much for including us.  We were inspired by the richness and diversity of ideas produced.  In truth, it has been a tremendous gift to the community! - Alison Robertson - Driector of Community Development

 

READ SASKATOON:

We integred 90% of the suggestions in the end.  From a professional perspective, here are some of the perks I experienced:

 

  • The opportunity to meet your own eclectic thinkers
  • To see your team in action - We're already talking about integrating some of the practices
  • I truly appreciate the follow-up eclecthink categorizing of the ideas
  • Your team assisted us in the conceptualization of the Strategy and also the logistical framework.
  • Your team single-handedly increased our organization's capapcity to better serve the community.

 

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! - Nicole White - Financial Literacy Facilitator

 

QUINT DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION:

The session was a lively and enlightening exercise, and I'm quite certain many CEOs would benefit from Ideas2Go.  I would highly recommend not-for-profits take advantage of the opportuhity Ideas2Go provides.  A very wam thank you to Bill and team for their time and expertise.

 

Dan Matthews, Communications Coordinator, Quint Development Corporation

 

PARKINSON SOCIETY SASKATCHEWAN:

When we heard out about the mandate of Ideas2Go-yxe looking to help local non-profits with a challenge in their organization, it was easy to approach them with our biggest challenge – “how to reach people with Parkinson’s that have recently been diagnosed or are living in isolation?”

 

The group was made up of local people from a variety of roles in the community  all looked at the problem from a slightly different perspective. It was interesting to see the many different angles the group approached the challenge with, yet at the end of the exercise, we walked away with 4 or 5 very common themes. We have used many of the different ideas as we plan for the upcoming year and especially in our awareness campaigns. Specifically, the group brainstormed an idea called “Don’t Park Parkinson’s” to reach out to newly diagnosed people and those living in isolation to take management over their condition. We hope to launch a pilot of this idea during Parkinson Awareness month in April, 2014.

 

We are thankful to the Ideas2Go-yxe group for taking the time to help us with this common challenge. We are confident many of the ideas generated out of this exercise will allow us to better connect with the Parkinson community in Saskatchewan as a result.

 

Travis Low, Executive Director

 


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