After four intensive days, ACSI 2013 came to an end yesterday. The ten challenge groups held short pitches and then made a longer presentation for one of the other challenge groups. Energized but a bit tired the participants left Malmö, ready to concretize their prototypes.
– I feel energized and it has been a wonderful time here in Malmö. I participated in the Volvo Truck challenge and it feels good to have been a part of this work. I loved the dynamics and the negotiation style of our cross-culture group. Today I feel sad to leave Malmö and my team, but at the same time happy to have contributed to something, hopefully good, for Volvo.
Mats Janné, from the Swedish University of Skövde, was also a part of the Volvo-team. This is his first time at ACSI.
– These days have been completely different from what I expected. We have of course been working hard to solve the challenge, but have worked just as hard to find a good working process. I knew quite a lot about the challenge itself before coming, but have now learned a lot about other people’s opinions on this issue and have learned to see the challenge and my expertise-area from many various perspectives.
The short pitches were no longer than three minutes. Some groups delivered inspiration and energizing kicks, others told us more about the work and the coming prototype. The pitches shared stories about smiles, dreams, creating test beds, connecting people, visions, co-production, renaming and reframing.
Then the groups got to explain their ideas to one other group, who in their turn acted as “stake holders”. Arguments were sharpened and interesting new views of ideas and prototypes came along; all to be taken into considertion during the coming six weeks when each group are to realize their prototypes.
– Our idea with ACSI is to create a platform where you dare to test new ways of thinking and working. It is often about breaking your patterns of thinking and start doing, says Leif Edvinsson, one of the founders of ACSI.
Two of the Challenge holders got the chance to share their view of the week with all the participants. Peder Berne from E.ON began:
– I am impressed by how much work our group has accomplished during these days. It has been an interesting process that has brought value, to get new ideas on how to meet our new challenges. Thank you all, this work will make an impact.
Clara Norell, Challenge holder from ISU in Malmö, told us that she felt a bit confused when the camp started, but that she now feels more certain.
– I now realize that my challenge is something completely different from what I thought before; so now I can focus and put things aside. Thank you for your good energy!
Before leaving we get a short word with Hank Kune, Coordinator Program & Design.
– I think the camp went really well and I am totally committed to Malmö as a societal hotspot in the world. Every time I get here I am surprised at all the new and interesting things going on. If ACSI comes back to Malmö again, which I have a strong feeling that it might, I would be very happy.
He ends by explaining the need for platforms like ACSI:
– We don’t know how to support social innovations. The only way is to practise and learn from what we are doing. If we, as we are discussing for the future, were to run several parallel camps, we would have the chance to learn more. It is very valuable to have more different perspectives.