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2017-01-10 - #056

Education for Flourishing

The presenters for this, our 56th monthly meeting, and the first of our 6th year, are Assistant Prof. Maya Hoveskog and Associate Prof. Marie Mattsson with PhD student Niklas Karlsson from the School of Business, Engineering & Science. Maya is part of the Centre for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Learning research (CIEL), Halmstad University, Sweden. Marie and Niklas are part of The Rydberg Laboratory for Applied Sciences (RLAS), Halmstad University, Sweden.

Logistics for joining the meeting are posted here in LinkedIn.  Any member of the LinkedIn group is welcome to join.

  • Date: Tues Jan 10
  • Time: 90 minutes starting 16h30 EST /21h30 GMT / 22h30 CET

Maya with her colleagues from across several disciplines at Halmstad University, have been active as a First Explorer licensee of the Flourishing Business Canvas over the past ~12 months.  The have been including it as part of new educational experiences for business students and local business people to help them learn about the possibilities for designing enterprises that enable the possibility for flourishing. They call this approach, which is in the early stages of development, "Education for Flourishing".

Their presentation will discuss this work, as well as preview results and next steps - including collaborations with other SSBMGroup members.

Students in the co-creation of the FBC artifacts as they discuss their responses to the 16 Flourishing Business Canvas question blocks.
Students in the co-creation of the FBC artifacts as they discuss their responses to the 16 Flourishing Business Canvas question blocks.

Students in the co-creation of the FBC artifacts as they discuss their responses to the 16 Flourishing Business Canvas question blocks at workshop held with Biogas Startup and Students at Halmstad University Spring 2016

To introduce the talk on their work Maya, Marie and Niklas provided the following background:

As companies and other organizations increasingly recognize society’s demand for greater social and environmental sustainability, university and college business schools have responded with new pedagogic approaches. Business schools have begun to offer courses in business models and business model innovation that focus not only on profit-normative goals but also on social and environmental goals. In this presentation we will describe an Experiential Workshop for university undergraduates in which the Service-Learning pedagogic approach is taken and Flourishing Business Canvas (FBC) is applied as a tool for collaborative visual business modelling. In the Workshop, the students work with business model innovation for a biogas production cooperative of farmer-members in southern Sweden. The students take the role of problem-owners and problem-solvers as they co-create new business models ideas for the cooperative. The students achieve the three Learning Objectives as they engage in meaningful, “real-world” simulations with a high degree of autonomy that allows them to combine their theoretical knowledge with practice. Implications for educators who wish to test the Experiential Workshop in their classrooms are proposed. We conclude concludes with the suggestion that Education for Flourishing is a useful expansion of Education for Sustainable Development.

The particular case that the students work with is biogas production from organic waste that has recently received particular attention in Sweden. Biogas is produced from anaerobic digestion of organic material such as manure or crop residues. It can be utilized for heat and electricity production, or sold to gain an additional source of income. Raw biogas can be used for electricity and heat production, and if upgraded, it can be used as vehicle fuel or injected in a natural gas grid. Currently, few new biogas investments are realized and existing biogas plants have difficulties in attaining profitability, especially farm-based ones. One way of dealing with this problem is the use of business model innovation to organize business in new ways. The biogas cooperative which the students work during the Experiential Workshop is currently stuck in the early business development stages and need new ideas on possible solutions to current inertia.

Apart from the implications for education for flourishing so far, we also found that the early phases of the business model innovation process can be organized by dividing the initiation and ideation phases into three sub-phases, each with one main activity involving a set of actors. These activities involve the planning and execution of ideation workshops. Two such workshops have been carried out where the FBC has been used as visual collaborative tool to facilitate collaborative work between the members of the cooperative and external actors regarding business model prototyping. 

The agenda and F2F/virtual logistics for this meeting are posted to our LinkedIn forum here.  

Anyone who joins the LinkedIn forum is considered a member of this group and is welcome to join at the meeting.

The slides presented plus a link to the unedited recording of this meeting is now available via our drop box.  Please contact Prof. Nabil Harfoush for access.

The link to the recording has also been posted as a comment to the Linkedin Post about this meeting, along with the on-going discussion about the meeting by our members.

Attendance list was updated at the event (if a location is not provided participant was in Toronto)