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Dear InnoEnergy students,


You probably have heard about the Open Space Studio in one way or another. Perhaps you might have heard of one of our projects “Open Space Studio for ENTECH” or maybe you have heard about the Co-Creation events at TU/e with different students teams. Perhaps you all remember what we achieved together at the Master School KICK Off event where you got an impression of a Co-Creation or you have experienced the Open Space Studio way (done by alumni) during the Co-Creation workshops in CommUnity events such as the AlumniUnite.


The Open Space Studio is growing and we start to work more and more together with several companies. We are progressing to our next step to open up the possibility for all InnoEnergy students to be part of Open Space Studio Co-Creation session/workshops and contribute to solutions in the sustainable energy sector. It is a possibility to learn more about what it takes to be a catalyst and how you can be one and it is also about personal growing.


What is an Open Space Studio Co-Creation event?

Co-Creative events gather leaders from across an organisation’s eco-system into co-creative community to cultivate and harvest from their collective competence. Co-Creative events influence quality of relationship among participants, bringing clearer focus, individual & collective engagement and performance. Co-Creative events are innovative experiences designed to take participants through a designed meeting format that maximises the chances for those present to co-create solutions from the group’s ‘collective mind’.  All these events are always tailor-made and adapted to the challenges the ‘client’ has. We create a space of trust and awareness to inspire, encourage and explore new ways of working together.


What is a catalyst of Co-Creation?

A catalyst of co-creation is a person who supports awareness within himself or herself and in others, nurtures connections amongst people and stimulates generative dialogues between people. A catalyst has also an understanding of the co-creative methodologies.


What is your benefit in such Co-Creation events?

Your professional benefit is to get a prior understanding and knowledge about the methodology of a co-creative process. You learn about group dialogues in a constructive way and it great opportunity to have your fingerprint on the progress of ‘real’ industry challenges.

On a personal level, you will get a deeper understanding to practise empathy. You will be able to understand and communicate with different people in different environments/cultures and be able to engage and build valuable relationships.


What do we expect from you?

Just be yourself with an open mind and an open heart. With your enthusiasm, your multicultural experience and your curiosity there’s a lot to learn and gain.


How does it work?

You have the opportunity to be part of our student catalyst pool. Let us know why you would like to contribute. Furthermore, you will receive a 2-day training, with dates and location to be determined based on the number and geography of the applicants. The training will be about self-leadership, types of conversations, intercultural aspects and co-creation methods.


What is then the next step?

Once you receive the training you will be invited to participate in our future industry events. Generally we have 5-10 students per event.


What are  the costs?

We will ask you for a small contribution of 150€ for the 2-day training. All the other training costs (travel, accommodation etc.) are covered by the Open Space Studio.  


How to apply?

Click here and just answer a few simple questions.


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Quote by Robin Merl (InnoEnergy Alumnus) :


“Participating in an Open Space Studio workshop together with a major industrial player was a great experience as an InnoEnergy Alumnus. I found great pleasure in the way the seminar was facilitated and in the results that were attained in such a short time frame”.

Recently, a group from Siemens Wind Power Innovation management and Future Technologies got together with InnoEnergy Master’s School students for an intensive 1,5 day co-creative workshop executed by the Open Space Studio.

The workshop was held in the peaceful town of Jesteburg, near Hamburg, where the participants sat together, talked and became completely immersed around the topic:

“How do we progress Siemens Wind Power with Augmented Reality?”

In that true Open Space Studio way, the workshop had a series of small and whole group conversations, as well as inspirational walks around the nearby forest in pairs or small groups. The atmosphere during the whole workshop was very open and creative and new ideas were coming up.

After these 1,5 days there was a real sense of engagement throughout the whole team, where people felt energised by what was co-created.


After a great start last year with team STORM and team FAST, Open Space Studio (OSS) gets for a third time the possibility to work with a student team from our partner university TU/e: team VIRTUe.

This time the co-creation session was combined with a teacher training in co-creation . Teaching co-creation isn’t just about theory or methodology. Just like you won’t learn how to drive a car or play an instrument by only reading a book, learning to lead co-creation goes well beyond a lecture alone. A period of practice, building stage upon stage, creates solid leaders and teachers of co-creation, a style of personal development fostered by the Open Space Studio.

The big question for the co-creation session was “How do we design, build and operate the house that will win the Solar Decathlon Middle East competition in Dubai, 2018?”. The Solar Decathlon is an international competition in which universities from all over the world meet to design, build and operate a grid-connected, energetically self-sufficient house. The houses use solar energy as the only energy source and are equipped with all the technologies that permit maximum energy efficiency.

23 students and teachers were led by the OSS team in a collaborative process designed to create a sense of mutual understanding. After the 2 days of co-creation, the whole group came up with 4 main areas of attention, the objectives, results, effects, resources and milestones needed to progress those 4 areas and a choreography of activity with detailed actions which the team is set out to put into practice over the next 22 months in order to be successful in next year’s competition.

Some of the student voices:

“We were searching for a way to get everyone on one track, and the OSS event was just perfect, now we do have the same focus, now we do know each other, now no one is lacking behind. The hardest part now is to keep this and recapture this vibe through (the future).”

“I think our team improved much more than I ever thought we would …”

It was again a successful event and OSS will follow up and continue to support the VIRTUe team.