C.H.I.M.E.R.A. PROJECT - 526297-LLP-1-2012-1-IT-LEONARDO-LMP

10. CREAlabs (WP7)


10.1 CREAlabs experience   ↑

CREAlabs have been realised in each country involved in the project. Each CREAlab has been planned to last 30 hours and it involves around 20 participants. 3 CREAlabs have been realised for each participanting countries. CREAlabs have been carried out mainly through the methodology of business theatre: the aim of this methodology is to foster growth and personal development, in order to develop and create skills in enterprises staff. Through the use of theater techniques, experimenting with different communication and relationships channels and new perspectives in unusual contexts, it has been possible to enhance creative and communicative skills useful to the identification, diagnosis and problem solving, conflict management, motivation of the group. CREAlabs have been conducted with the active support of business theatre experts.
In several countries, the methodology of business theatre has been supported by other methodologies aimed at enhancing the expression of creative skills (i.e. visual art, creativity techniques).


10.1.1 Italian experience   ↑

Italian CREALabs have been designed and organised by Superficie 8 with the collaboration of APMI - that has taken care, in particular, of dissemination and promotion – and also involving external experts in the drafting of the modular contents and then in leading the activities. In this way a scientific networking collaboration moreover triggered further developments (co-design of educational initiatives, focused research on specific training approaches).
Italian experience


10.1.2 Greek experience   ↑

Greek CREALabs has been designed and organised by IED. The framework approach of the project plan, theoretically oriented to business theatre model, has been interpreted and analogically extended toward the set design and architectural fields, involving participants in building scenery and in team building processes.
Also for IED, on the basis of collected feed-backs it has been possible to outline a synthesis of the results accordingly with the a reference table of expectations. The overall aim of the assessment phase is, at the same time, testing in target groups models and approaches and triggering dissemination processes of the models and approaches and of contents and values (creativity, creative skills) that are their (and project) assumptions.
Greek experience


10.1.3 Polish experience   ↑

In Poland, the CreaLabs were in the form of workshops that involved individual work, work in pairs, work in group, with tutoring by the trainer. Methodologies of work were: case study, didactic games, discussions, role playing.
The exercises are conducted in small groups. The activities are carried out with a feed-back approach that interlinks personal experiences (people are invited to talk about themselves), case histories, illustration of instruments and tools. At the end people are able to identify crucial points in their experiences, the proper instrument and the process (to solve problems, to manage situations, to enhance creativity, etc.)
Polish experience


10.1.4 Spanish experience   ↑

The CREALABS set up by CCIS were a peculiar training format that worked as a practical training for businessmen, entrepreneurs, managers and staff. This training works intensively at motivational, emotional and expressive level and increases the ability to face challenges of communication, relationship and creativity in business and business contexts.
The activities were held using the technique of business theatre as a relevant tool in order to improve entrepreneurs and mangers capacities to deal with ordinary and not ordinary situations in workplaces.
In this sense business theatre is an educational toolbox and a training environment where it is possible to relocate and observe company's dynamics. It is particularly useful for human resources management, individual skills improvement, conflict resolution.
Spanish experience


10.1.5 Romanian experience   ↑

Romanian CREALabs have been designed and organised as mixed media creative workshops in order to facilitate the expression, the expansion and the enhancement of creative thinking in business and to generate innovation cellules.
Romanian experience


10.2 Validation protocol   ↑

It is an Operative document which defines CREAlabs units of competences and has as a target the acknowledgment of the formative credits and their transferring among the partners countries through the elaboration of a joint proposal : the learning outcomes of the workshop activity has been modeled in reference to the credit transfer systems.
Validation protocol


10.3 Creativity handbook   ↑

The fundamental aim of this Creativity Handbook for Entrepreneurs and Managers is to give a contribution to the growing interest that European entrepreneurs have in applying creativity to their daily business organizations.
To this end, the CHIMERA Handbook provides some hints, information and materials in order to support European entrepreneurs (and all "creative" people) to increase the spread ofcreativity in their own companies and around them.
The Handbook has been simply developed as a basic collection of free to use materials, such as the processing of educational and informative mixed media, used during the experimental training courses which have been realized in the framework of the C.H.I.M.E.R.A. There are some suggestions for the European (and perhaps not only European) enterprises which want to experiment creativity and creative skills and to find a way to improve new innovation-driven role models and management approaches.
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