Once you’ve been selected you will start your online preparatory session. You will learn about personalities and how they affect the team set up. You will learn what makes a good team and how to set up and keep track of the policies that will govern your team. You will learn how to map the skill set your team members represent and how to make the best use of that. Remember, your team members will come from different professional and cultural backgrounds. You will be working in an interdisciplinary team.
You will learn how to do a desk research around the topic you will be working on during the on-site workshop. You will also learn how to prepare a questionnaire to get as much information from the local community and/or experts to get prepared for the on-site workshop.
You will also learn about the Holis Playbook that walks you through the design process of social innovation as we see it. This will prepare you for what awaits you at the On-site Workshop. This is a great opportunity to get familiar with the basics of design thinking and innovation processes.
This is the core of Holis School. A 10 days on-site workshop usually in a remote place. This is an intensive experience in many aspects. You will live, eat, work (a lot) and have fun with Holis School participants and staff. You will be close to the local community your project aims to help. This is the place and time to test and try tools and methodologies, to experience first hand the work in an interdisciplinary team. This is the time to fail and learn and celebrate.
You will be working on a project with your interdisciplinary team members and with the help of an experienced team facilitator.
Coming up with an idea is important. Making this idea visible so it has the opportunity to attract partners for implementation is even more important. You will learn about how and where to communicate your idea, how to prepare presentations for potential partners and how to raise funds to realise your idea (well, the last one we can only teach you in theory).
We partnered with CLARA - Center for Rural Future to revitalise the economic and social fabric of the Odemira Region in Portugal
In 2018 we explored what are the challenges of rural Poland and what can we do about them.