This article explores the value that students, acting as novice facilitators, bring in supporting professionals to innovate. This empirical research took a grounded theory and action research influenced approach to investigate a series of innovation support workshops with sole traders and SMEs delivered by Northumbria University. These workshops were part of a wider regional research project entitled Creative Fuse North East. The research found that there was trust and rapport between the expert facilitators, novice facilitators and enterprises participating which supported co-creation. In this safe environment, novice facilitators and enterprises worked together to learn and grow. It is argued that this enabled both parties to build their creative confidence. Thus, this approach offers a route to stimulating innovation in the region through supporting small scale enterprises and sole traders, and by developing strong creative graduates to participate in future workforces.
|Title of host publication
|Design revolutions: IASDR 2019 Conference Proceedings. Volume 4: Learning, Technology, Thinking.
|Martyn Evans, Annie Shaw, Jea Na
|Manchester Metropolitan University Press
|Number of pages
|Published - 2 Nov 2020
|International Association of Societies of Design Research Conference 2019: Design Revolutions - Manchester School of Art, Manchester, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 Sept 2019 → 5 Sept 2019
|International Association of Societies of Design Research Conference 2019
|2/09/19 → 5/09/19