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Somerset Innovation Learning Programme 2012


The Programme

A free personal development and open innovation programme of six sessions over six months which aimed to do the following:

  • Help attendees to develop their capacity to innovate and collaborate.
  • Provide a safe learning environment for discussing problems and challenges, as well as sharing experiences and exchanging knowldege.
  • Enable attendees to learn from facilitators and outside experts.
  • Teach attendees open innovation principles and practices.

The structure of the programme was based on learning groups comprised of 12 people from different businesses.  Attendees were expected to share learnings and to test them in their businesses throughout the duration of the programme.

The following subjects were amongst those covered:

  • High performance networking.
  • Steps to successful collaboration.
  • Next generation social networks for business.
  • Work-life balance (especially useful for entrepreneurs and start-ups).
  • Platforms and growth models.
  • Open innovation.
  • Intellectual property.

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Programme partners included: Somerset County Council; University of Plymouth; Southwest One and Somerset Chamber of Commerce.


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