On a balmy summer evening a crew of 6headers wandered through the Southbank experimenting with a new innovation technique.
Street Wisdom combines a meditative awareness with divergent stimuli to produce new ideas. These can be set against solving a personal or organisational challenge and may be for new products of services, new ways of thinking or a new direction. Challenges are varied. In our group some wanted to think about a job change, another launching a new business, a third how to help their mother and another to solve a thorny problem at work.
Street Wisdom works through honing awareness of one’s surroundings. Many people found this the most rewarding part. As hurried Londoners we often miss the beauty and life in the streets around us. Refocusing on our environment made us appreciate it and, of course allowed us to access its ‘universal wisdom’.
As an innovation technique, I believe it is particularly pertinent to sustainability as it forces personal congruence – to move into a mindful personal space from which to test and originate ideas.
Feedback from innovation professionals, students and sustainability practitioners was excellent. Some of the comments included:
“I so enjoyed yesterday, both for the innovation approach itself and the whole new look at familiar spaces” Julia
“Thanks for the event yesterday. I had good time!” Ashish
“Last night was lovely. Great to be around such an open gang of treasure seekers (and finders)” Tiu
“What an absolutely lovely evening! I feel privileged to have been included” Maggie
We recommend you look into other Street Wisdom sessions – they can be found on http://www.streetwisdom.org/
And of course, please do sign-up for future 6heads members open events. We hold them on the third weds of every month. The next one is described here: https://6-heads.com/2014/07/15/concrete-jungle-london-earthship-20th-august-6-heads-meet-up/
We do look for people to host and help out at events – do please get in touch if you are keen – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking forward to meeting you at the next one – you might feel like Carolyn “I really enjoy the 6heads sessions, you’re always bound to learn and experience something new”. Or like Geraldine “It’s great to find a tribe on this journey”