Collision events

Our signature event format

Collision event is the signature workshop format designed by SCImPULSE at its first year of existence, and later honed. It is a multi-day event composed by three moments:

  1. The pledge

Each day begins with mini-seminars arranged around fundamental themes, whose purpose is to propose the participants the opportunity of building a shared language. The pledge is repeated each new day, after the first requesting the participants to stand up and share their relevant knowledge, and welcome the ensuing questions and contradictory. Disagreement is a resource.

  1. The turn

Co-design and design-thinking sessions, often facilitated by means of the LEGO Serious Playing methodology. This component aims at breaking down hierarchies and fostering the emergence of visions and ideologies, touching in subsequent rounds the full width of the purposes of the covenants, as the participants refine their scientific/business weltanschauung.

  1. The prestige

Towards the conclusion of each day, and the entire last one, the group devotes to reflection and evaluation activities. At the beginning of the process, they are clinics, one-on-one encounters with experts in their fields (fields that relate to the specific collision subject) coming from our network, who engage in maieutic conversations with the participants, challenging and provoking them. At the maturity of the collision these are mapping exercises, to raise a strong situational awareness and prepare the needed intelligence to build a new strategy.

The name hints at the event from which everything starts in chemical reactions, in nuclear reactions, and in high-energy physics: the collision is at the turning point of transformation and discovery. However, looking beyond the suggestions, the format was thus christened as a tribute to the wisdom overheard again and again at CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) that research happens in the cafeteria, which scientists pronounce not to diminish the enormous achievements of the human endeavor they are part of, but to signify the deep epistemological importance of interdisciplinary chance encounters and serendipity.