In another of my experiments I am, this month, piloting a new workshop/masterclass on developing Start-ups and SME’s. Most of my ecosystem thinking framework design came from working in Government and observing Knowledge Sharing and Innovation in very large commercial organisations. Whereas my experience over the last six years has been as a sole trader/start-up. So I reviewed my lessons learned over the years and have put together a workshop and associated ebook of the methods and tools I have found most useful and beneficial.
I am trial running two one-day workshops (by invitation only) in Peterborough on 22nd October and another in Reading on 4th November, then, subject to participant feedback, I hope to run these more regularly.
The workshop will be structured as a Participatory Narrative Inquiry event, very experiential, punctuated with a number of very useful tools I have picked up along the way. No Powerpoint slides, just face to face stories and instructions. An ebook will hopefully be available in time for the launch event.
My initial thoughts at a top 10 in the order they might be delivered:
- Exploring what we know already.
- What are the benefits of being a start-up and of what you do.
- How to price your services.
- Making sense of Customers and Products.
- How to negotiate uncertainty. Predictability and approach.
- Problem solving in Time and Space to increase your adaptability and resilience.
- How to prioritise your efforts and creative ideas.
- Storyboarding your ideas for maximum impact.
- Managing workflow and measuring impact – focus and minimal wasted effort.
- Your Social Media Footprint.
I am hoping to pitch these workshops to Development Agencies in Local Councils and Government funded bodies such as the ATI and KTNs, so if you have any connections or ideas around these I would be greatful to hear from you.