Whether student, staff or practitioner in law, languages, science, business, economics, history, sociology, media, engineering, or any other discipline, you will always encounter situations that require skills of creativity, innovation, empathy and collaboration. The integrated use of these skills requires discipline, good methodology, good networks and lots of practice. We bring together peers who are interested to bring about added value benefits to other people, organisations, the economy and society.
Students of the arts, humanities and social sciences study people as individuals and in society. They understand human emotions and social behaviours; they study organisations and systems that have resulted from human creativity and innovation. Yet, often, students don’t get the opportunity to practice purposeful creativity in their own programmes or lives. Sometimes, mistakenly, they feel awed by a presumed requirement for technical knowledge, whereas in the modern world it is human understanding and empathy that are the key differentiating elements of radical innovation. Having a great grounding in human understanding, these students need only skills training, opportunity and practice to be really purposively innovative and entrepreneurial.
Students of science and engineering regularly work on novel investigations or projects that result in new understanding, which could give rise to new ways of doing things or of using latest technology. However, there is often a gap between the technical knowledge of how (functionally) to do a job and the knowledge and understanding of the person and markets (if any exist!) for whom the new technology may be useful. Even if such users might exist, how should one go about adapting the new capability in order to add real value to their lives? The human empathy and networked, experimental co-creation methods practised by EDEN help technologists transform their ideas to reality.