The Garden - Center for Design and Leadership
Carl Larsson - at Home - the Cottage. Credit: Painters / Alamy Stock Photo
The Garden is a space where research projects, educational activities, and outreach initiatives take place and together contribute to forge the next generation of leaders who search for new directions to achieve a meaningful and sustainable future.
Together with our community of leaders, innovators, students, scholars, we address the two new pressing questions of innovation:
(1) the “why”: the meaning of innovation and its value for businesses, society, and the self,
(2) the “who”: the people and their engagement in innovation.
To address these questions, the Garden takes inspiration from the discipline of design. In fact, design seeks the creation of things that are meaningful to people. It brings meaning at the center of the activities of an organization. And, by creating real things (products, services, processes), it turns purpose and meaning into real action. Design is also participatory, and this is the kind of leadership that we envision: open to listen before talking, open to join others before leading, focused on the real outcome instead of narratives. In a world that struggles to find a direction, design can give us mindsets, principles, and methods to successfully address the innovation challenge as a leadership one.