Co-creating a Learning and Innovation Ecology: Trans4m Da Vinci PhD PHD Module in South Africa

12 March 2018: Eight of Trans4m’s PhD and PHD participants met in South Africa for a six-days doctoral module, co-hosted by Da Vinci Institute of Technology and Innovation and Trans4m.

Group Participants of this Trans4m Da Vinci PhD Program on Integral Development as well as Trans4m’s PHD (Process for Holistic Development) program represented Middle East (Raghda Butros, Jordan/Palestine; Faraj Ghunaim, Palestine); Asia (Aneeqa Malik, Pakistan/UK); Africa (Daud Taranhike, Zimbabwe; Akeem Oyewale, Nigeria; Mohammed Mongy, Egypt; Ama Nyarko Jones, Ghana/Uganda/Germany); and Europe (Luea Ritter, Belgium/Switzerland).

The first part of the module was orchestrated by Da Vinci, enabling participants to be fully immersed in Da Vinci’s knowledge base, with its emphasis on TIPS (Technology, Innovation, People and Systems).

The second part was led by Trans4m’s Ronnie Lessem and Alexander Schieffer, serving to integrate the TIPS learnings and recent developments of participants’ researches into their larger research projects.

This integration part helped each participant to deepen his or her individual research-to-innovation journey; to further activate the communities in and around each research-to-innovation; and to strengthen the collaboration potential within the cohort. In addition, the African context got richly included, by further exposing participants into African knowledge sources; and by actively establishing links with Trans4m’s integral community – in particular via the then following Integral Africa Roundtable.

During the intensive days in the premises of Da Vinci Institute, as well as in the Africa Executive Lodge, profound inner processes were actively stimulated, within and between participants: through deep interpersonal dialogue, and through Luea Ritter’s constellation work.

The module, in conclusion, had a particular strong co-learning atmosphere, characterized by rich individual presentations and sharing, and ongoing mutual support – thereby evolving the team into an active learning and innovation ecology.

The next module of this group will take place in urban and rural Jordan in autumn of 2018.