Collaborative Sandbox: Innovation management tools

In our next Collaborative Sandbox we will experiment with two innovation management tools that help social enterprises, cooperatives and non-profits to strengthen their innovation capacity.

“Organizations with a restricted view of innovation might miss opportunities”

If you can relate to this statement you will probably enjoy our workshop. Whether you are engaged with social enterprises, cooperatives or non-profits, developing the innovation capacity of your organization (or getting out from the cave) will reinforce its social impact.

The tools we will experiment with in this workshop aim at structuring and supporting the sustainability of your organization’s innovation management. More specifically, these tools will help you to diagnose the innovation capacity of your organization, explore innovation opportunities, draft an action plan and evaluate the results.

Consider for a moment a project you are taking part of. Could the project benefit, if the social enterprise, cooperative or non-profit implementing it cultivates its innovation capacity? Keep that thought and come along to test two tools that will help your organization to advance in this direction.

Moderator introduction

Hernán Gutiérrez (PhD) has fulfilled a number of responsibilities for several international non-profit organizations, social enterprises and cooperatives, including program, project and team management, advocacy and consulting. Throughout his career, he has engaged in a range of fields: social research, social impact and evaluation, urban/regional development, civil sector capacity building, sustainable development, governance and innovation management, among others.


18.30 Arrival

19.00 Welcome & introduction

19.20 Hands-on application of a “diagnosis tool”

19.50 Sharing of results and reflection

20.10 Hands-on application of an “exploration tool”

20.40 Sharing of results and reflection

21.00 Beer o’clock! (opportunity to network and get some drinks)

What is “Collaborative Sandbox”?

We like to give you tools in your hands to help you create change. Instead of merely discussing interesting topics in organizational and societal change, we want to dig deeper: play, experiment and test to give you first hand experiences. Then, share, reflect and get smarter together!


Berlin Peace Innovation Lab, as part of the Stanford Peace Innovation Lab global network, focuses on how technology is facilitating emerging and measurable social changes toward global peace. The Berlin Peace Innovation Lab provides design frameworks, principles and methodologies for interventions that will increase positive engagement at scale.

Chemistry of Social Campaigning

Media- and social media strategies play a vital role in gaining attention and support for social causes. But how can you get a 1-page spread in Der Spiegel about your project? Or get RTL, SAT1,  and to promote your newest social app on  the day of release without paying a penny? Or even better, how can you become the No.1 go-to-person, when German media needs a comment on the topic that you are most passionate about? What is the chemistry of sofa-PR?

This evening we will listen to several exciting and controversial case studies from a man who has done it all: from teasing the German car-lobby for years and (legally) “attacking” badly parked cars with spray cream, to organizing yoga-biking classes for cycling enthusiasts. Heinrich Strößenreuther, better known as the Bicycle Rebel of Germany, will share the lessons he has learned to get his voice heard. Afterwards we will pair up and develop new campaign designs for causes that you are interested in.


18.30 Doors open

19.00 Welcome & Energizer: Purpose of the evening – Anne Riechert, Founder Berlin Peace Innovation Lab

19.15 Presentation: Heinrich Strößenreuther: ”Promoting a cause: between conflict and Facebook likes”

19.45 Collective brainstorming:  Your cause in conflict or “Like” campaign design

20.30 Collective: Share insights and ideas

21.00 “Drink o´Clock”


We have experienced a fair amount of “no-shows” lately, we will therefore this time charge 5 Euros for the Meetup, to see if that helps with attendance. The money will be donated to “Bikes Without Borders” to support refugees in Germany.

You can also pay 10 Euros at the door on the day.

We do NOT offer a refund, but your money will be used for a good cause.

Speaker introduction

Heinrich Strößenreuther has worked for 20 years on mobility and sustainability issues in Germany. His track record is long, and amongst others count campaigning for Greenpeace, working as an officer in the German Bundestag and being the director of the Board of the Association for Ecological Economy Research. In addition he worked for 10 years at Deutsche Bahn in the strategy and environmental management group and in 2010 he developed Hamburg’s climate protection strategy for the transport sector as an independent consultant.


Initiative Clevere Städte” is a Berlin-based initiative campaigning for more bike lanes to create more livable and climate-friendly cities.  The initiative organizes PR-savvy social actions, publishes relevant material and mix with decission makers and throught leaders, who share their objectives. They are also the masterminds behind the smartphone-App “Wegeheld”, which allows citizens to report illegal parking in the city.

Berlin Peace Innovation Lab, as part of the Stanford Peace Innovation Lab global network, focuses on how technology is facilitating emerging and measurable social changes toward global peace. The Berlin Peace Innovation Lab provides design frameworks, principles and methodologies for interventions that will increase positive engagement at scale.

The betterplace lab is a think- and do-tank which wants to help as many people as possible use digital technology to make the world a place more worth living in. They research digital social innovations and spread knowledge.

Innovation in Health: Co-Creating for a Healthier Society

The Berlin Peace Innovation Lab is a platform dedicated to exploring how technology is facilitating emerging and measurable social changes toward global peace. But don’t let yourself be misled by the name: as Founder Anne Kjær Riechert notes, peace should not be understood only as the opposite of war, but mostly as a form of “socially just and sustainable society, where people’s rights and freedom to fulfill their dreams are respected”. To achieve this, isn’t being healthy, both as an individual and as a society, a crucial prerequisite?

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