Every innovation journey starts with an idea, an intuition or an acute problem. It can be a “big challenge” like the need to improve the overall learning experience of school culture, or a specific topic. Maybe it’s triggered by an acute problem, like plummeting student numbers or a bad climate at school.

You feel strongly that something needs to change at your school and want to take action? Before starting, you may want to take some time to find like-minded spirits and ensure you have some minimum buy-in or at least goodwill from the school leadership team. By sharing your view on the challenge with others, it will become clearer what the issue or opportunity is and who your stakeholders are. A well defined challenge gives you a direction for the subsequent phases of the innovation journey, even if you will detail or review it after the following phase (resonance), once you have learned more about it.

Andreas Reeg

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Andreas Reeg



Define the challenge you want to address and bring together a diverse team that will allow you seeing it from different perspectives – ideally combining teachers and learners, and maybe some parents or external community members, too. Refine your joint understanding of the challenge, who are the stakeholders concerned and identify key questions you want to address. Make sure you have a challenge in form of an initial problem statement, question or goal, NOT an specific solution already.

In the beginning, we were really
confused how we should go about our project,
the tools gave us a lot of clarity



Designing a large participatory process to rethink learning in line with the requirements of the fast changing work places.

Case study: vocational high school that wants to completely rethink learning to prepare learners for today’s and tomorrow’s work reality.  Desire to involve the entire school in the design. School leadership and department heads are asking themselves: how do we start this large participatory process? Which steps do we take first to lay a good foundation for the transformation? How do we create visible changes as early as possible that activate and motivate but do not overwhelm? The initial team gets to know the innovation process, sharpens the initial design challenge and initially focuses on one of the core topics in order to test an initial innovation loop.