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Transition Design Lab

Silver Lining Strategy for Schools

The Transition Design Lab provides framework, models and support to design an optimistic strategy. Around 700 Participants from over 30 countries on six continents have so far created a silver lining strategy from the ashes of crisis, with a vision that is more sustainable for their schools, launching pragmatic change projects within five weeks of starting.


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October 2021
This created a wedge of white space dedicated to transition strategy rather than being fully consumed by the pandemic crisis management.

About the innovation

Why did you create this innovation?

After months of strain and concentration on the day-to-day management of COVID-19 challenges, leadership teams were showing signs of strain, as were their staff. There was a need for optimism, but not false hope. Enter Transition Design, which builds on over a decade of design thinking expertise to examine where there's greatest potential with least effort to make sustainable system change.

How does your innovation work in practice?

We don't just talk through challenges or ask big questions: we answer them and make change happen on the ground. Six weeks of activity frame the journey from initial vague silver linings from a crisis year all the way through to the process of initiating change with cynical or weary colleagues. We even provided the tools to help simplify planning and review of projects.

We focussed teams on six weeks of activity: one live session together with colleagues every week, drop-ins to dive into more localised challenges, and we created a clean, easy-to-use platform so that every video session and all the frameworks could be used the very next day with teams, in house. Every participant has access to that platform for life.

We also ran open events for leaders in specific areas by partnering with local events: across the African continent (AISA), in India (TAISI), across South East Asia (EduTECH Singapore) and Brazil.

How has it been spreading?

We started with some open events in May 2020, to test our ideas and the appetite to think optimistically at a point when optimism felt far off. We launched a refine six-week programme in September 2020, and launched four weeks later with our first 60 participants from 24 countries and six continents, participating in weekly sessions with each other, and founding new alliances between themselves.

As the crisis works in waves, so, too, does demand, and we expect to run Version 3.0 in April/May 2021.

If I want to try it, what should I do?

Download our White Paper to see if the rationale clicks with you, too, and then sign up!

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