Novice facilitators as creative catalysts in innovation support

Kate Lampitt Adey, Mark Bailey, Justine Carrion-Weiss*, Freddie Gibbons

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This article explores the value that students, acting as novice facilitators, bring in supporting professionals to innovate. This empirical research took a grounded theory and action research influenced approach to investigate a series of innovation support workshops with sole traders and SMEs delivered by Northumbria University. These workshops were part of a wider regional research project entitled Creative Fuse North East. The research found that there was trust and rapport between the expert facilitators, novice facilitators and enterprises participating which supported co-creation. In this safe environment, novice facilitators and enterprises worked together to learn and grow. It is argued that this enabled both parties to build their creative confidence. Thus, this approach offers a route to stimulating innovation in the region through supporting small scale enterprises and sole traders, and by developing strong creative graduates to participate in future workforces.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDesign revolutions: IASDR 2019 Conference Proceedings. Volume 4: Learning, Technology, Thinking.
EditorsMartyn Evans, Annie Shaw, Jea Na
PublisherManchester Metropolitan University Press
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781910029626
Publication statusPublished - 2 Nov 2020
EventInternational Association of Societies of Design Research Conference 2019: Design Revolutions - Manchester School of Art, Manchester, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 Sept 20195 Sept 2019


ConferenceInternational Association of Societies of Design Research Conference 2019
Abbreviated titleIASDR 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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