Who Is This Program For?
The Water Innovation Lab (WIL Europe 2017) is designed for 20 to 35 year-olds from a diversity of backgrounds and nationalities who are enthusiastic about innovating within the European water context. WIL Europe 2017 will bring together inquiring and committed individuals from: the water sector, engineering, art and design, the sciences, business, social sciences, planning and ICT to build our capacity to collaborate for a resilient future.
Participants do not need to be experts in water issues. Waterlution believes the most compelling dialogue comes from having a mixture of knowledge and perspectives together in a facilitated experience.
What Will I Learn?
The WIL Europe is a learning space designed to give participants the chance to:
- Develop deeper and more nuanced understanding of water issues in urban and rural settings, with The Netherlands as our learning context.
- Learn from thought leaders who were once in your shoes on how to channel your enthusiasm to build new initiatives and your career
- Acquire the facilitation skills and practice tools to design and host meaningful dialogue with a cross-section of groups and interests
- Build a broad-based network of people with diverse backgrounds
- Experience utterly unforgettable learning in an inspiring setting
This gathering is NOT a conference. There will be no panel discussions. Instead, field tours, curated sessions and creative methods will be used to tap into and grow the collective knowledge in the room.
Everything Waterlution designs blends content from a variety of water topics with creative processes for new ways of learning, to activate new connections and encourage the sharing of expertise and experiences. Mentors* ground and push these conversations further.
*At Waterlution we call the gathered experts: resource guests, provocateurs and mentors. They are invited to share their experience with young influencers around all things water. Resource Guests are passionate about youth and want to provide tools to see them grow, flourish and succeed.CLICK HERE FOR WIL EUROPE 2017 SCHEDULE
Why an “Innovation Lab”?
You’ve probably worked in a lab setting, maybe in school. You know it as a place that provides controlled conditions in which experiments and measurements are conducted. There are physics labs, biology labs, psychology labs — all environments designed to trigger “a-ha” insights and build knowledge.
An innovation lab is a similar environment, one that’s intended to “bridge think-tanks and do-tanks.” Instead of studying microbes or the behaviour of rats, participants in an innovation lab experiment with new ideas. When innovation labs work well, participants come with a wide range of perspectives and skill sets, and they are pushed out of their intellectual comfort zones. Divergent and creative thinking give birth to new approaches and designs.
Innovation labs typically use tools such as collaborative technology, storyboarding, and action research to encourage non-traditional thinking, new ways of identifying and weighing risks, and the reframing of challenges. They undermine hierarchies and bust silos. Waterlution creates pop up ecosystems as enablers of change.
In an increasingly complex and interconnected world, innovation labs are seen as effective ways to surface inspired solutions and approaches. Now, more than ever, these new ways of thinking are needed, particularly on water issues: that means new ways to engage with one another and with policy makers. The water leaders of the future are not just those in the water space we need to connect diverse knowledge to build capacity.
The Canadian Water Innovation Lab Part I: The Vision Comes Alive
The Canadian Water Innovation Lab Part 2: Facilitate This!
The Canadian Water Innovation Lab Part 3: Come Together
WIL 2013- Water Dialogue Campfire Song