Spotlight on innovation

The importance of Creativity and Innovation cannot be overestimated. According to a study by IBM, Creativity is the single most important attribute that CEOs think is paramount for future business success. Without new ideas, new products, and new processes, companies are left behind by their competition.

There are four basic steps in solving a problem:

  1. Defining the problem
  2. Generating alternatives – CREATIVITY
  3. Evaluating and selecting alternatives – DECISION MAKING
  4. Implementing solutions – PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Using complete Problem Solving activities, our Innovation Institute teaches Problem Solving through Creativity,Decision Making and Project Management.

The Institute revolves around these four key areas. The idea is to take a Challenge Theme and apply it to a particular Age Group, together with a Relevant and Progressive Context, within a chosen Contextual Challenge. As an example, we might take a Renewable Energy Theme, for Key Stage 3 pupils, within a Community Context, with the aim of securing a Sustainable Future.

Our Contextual Challenges include:

  • Extending Human Capacity
  • Responding to the Unexpected
  • Improving Living and Working spaces (environments and objects)
  • Securing a Sustainable Future
  • Protecting People and Products
  • Promoting Fitness and Wellbeing
  • Developing and Communicating Personal, Social, and Corporate Identity
  • Developing Communities
  • Preserving Creative and Visual Arts services
  • Furthering emerging Medical Healthcare applications

The Range of Relevant and Progressive Contexts:

  • The Home and School
  • Gardens and Playgrounds
  • The Local Community
  • Industry
  • The Wider Environment
  • Media and Entertainment
  • Arts and Culture
  • Sports, Health and Fitness

Our Basis of Challenges and Themes

  • Using Renewable Energy to carry out ‘a useful task’ – wind, water, solar, tidal power
  • Transporting Fragile Objects
  • Providing a low cost Public Transport System
  • Personal Transport Solutions
  • A system for efficient road use
  • Disability Aids
  • A Prejudice Campaign – any form of discrimination
  • Modern Life
  • Promoting Integration of Communities
  • Reducing Carbon Emissions
  • Animal Rights
  • Regional Equality
  • Fund Raising Products
  • Water Collection and Distribution
  • Age Targeted Exercise Products
  • Developing full flavour Healthy Drinks
  • Product Reliability
  • Nutritional Management Systems – an electronic analysis of food values per cooked meal

CASE STUDY: Paradigm Housing, Chesham, Buckinghamshire

NeuroHeadway worked with young adults to provide a highly specialised series of workshops to students who wanted to explore environmental housing and how the effects of socio economic conditions affected the mental health and emotional wellbeing of individuals.

Students worked together in small teams of between three to five and provided very inspiring solutions for promoting integration of communities together with a system for efficient road use and low cost public transport systems.

We work across the following age ranges:

  • Early Years Foundation (Nursery and Reception): ages 3 – 5
  • Infant Age: ages 5 – 7
  • Key Stage 1: ages 5 – 7 (years 1 and 2)
  • Key Stage 2: ages 7 – 11 (years 3 – 6)
  • Key Stage 3: ages 11 – 14 (years 7 – 9)
  • Key Stage 4: ages 14 – 16 (years 10 – 11)
  • Key Stage 5: ages 17 – 18 (years 12 – 13)
  • Graduate
  • Post-Graduate
  • Professional
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