ABOUT THE GARDEN – CENTER FOR DESIGN AND LEARDERSHIP
In a world overcrowded by information and opportunities, the key challenge for innovators is not generating yet another idea. It is about making sense of this abundance of opportunities and finding a meaningful direction in an ever-changing sea of opportunities. The innovation challenge today is very much a leadership challenge! At the Garden, we believe that successful innovators are those who nourish novel visions that connect to fundamental human and societal needs and provide new meaning in a changing world.
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 business, 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 turn 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 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.