Train the Trainer Masterclass [Dec 7-8]

Elevate your coaching style and way of facilitating innovation sprints

Take advantage of the opportunity to allow your innovation coaches, managers and innovation leaders to expand their knowledge on the topic and learn new skills from our Innovation Coaches. Being a topic of collaboration, allows us to collaborate with your teams and share the tools we use, the way we coach and the style we implement in our innovation sprint experiences.

Join this online workshop to add new styles of facilitating, communicating during innovation sprints, present and tell a stories to engage project participants.

By the end of the Train the Trainer Masterclass, you will be able to:

  • Identify your preferred facilitation and coaching style and learn ways to flex said styles
  • Add new exercises and tools to use during your sprints
  • Review the art of giving feedback and telling a story
  • Learn skills that you can use to motivate and inspire
  • Define your next version of you as an innovation coach and facilitator
  • Be part of a community of innovation coaches and facilitators present to support each other

How can I join?

This training is exclusively for members of Cookhouse Labs. Here’s how you can get started with your Cookhouse Labs membership!

Location

Online, virtual

Design Thinking Masterclass [Oct 18-19]

Learn how to apply Design Thinking principles to tackle complex problems within your organization.

Design Thinking is a mindset and a process that helps you solve real industry problems by developing customer-focused solutions in a short amount of time. Design Thinking methodologies are already being in a variety of industries to innovate quickly, channel creativity and when used correctly, save a significant amount of time and money when launching new products or services. Join this 2-day workshop to learn the fundamental concepts of Design Thinking and experience the value of its methodologies through engaging, hands-on activities.

How can I join?

This training is exclusively for members of Cookhouse Labs. Here’s how you can get started with your Cookhouse Labs membership!

Location

Online, virtual.

By the end of the two-day Design Thinking Training, you will be able to:

  • Define Design Thinking, and apply Design Thinking methodologies to achieve your business needs
  • Identify how Design Thinking is being applied in a variety of industries to solve essential challenges
  • Apply Design Thinking concepts to effectively empathize with and interview customers
  • Facilitate Design Thinking Sprints to solve problems.
  • Apply a ‘toolkit’ of activities to use within your organization and daily work to find efficiencies
  • Ask the right questions to aid in solution development

Google Sprint Masterclass [Sep 27]

Explore what you can accomplish using Google Sprint and learn how to ensure you keep solving problems in just five days

Google Sprint is a methodology that uses the understanding of Design Thinking and helps you solve complex problems in five days. The process is strategically designed so that solutions are defined within an equivalent of a working week, and same as with Design Thinking saving money and time.

Join this workshop to learn another design methodology that you can implement in your daily projects.

  • By the end of the one-day Google Sprint Workshop, you will be able to:
  • Understand what Google Sprint is
  • Recognize the differences between Lean Startup, Cookhouse Labs methodology and Google Sprint
  • Learn when you can use this methodology to make the most of it
  • Identify the benefits of a Google Sprint
  • Practice the methodology and receive feedback on the spot

How can I join?

This training is exclusively for members of Cookhouse Labs. Here’s how you can get started with your Cookhouse Labs membership!

Location

Online, virtual

Train the Trainer Masterclass [Jun 7]

Elevate your coaching style and way of facilitating innovation sprints

Take advantage of the opportunity to allow your innovation coaches, managers and innovation leaders to expand their knowledge on the topic and learn new skills from our Innovation Coaches. Being a topic of collaboration, allows us to collaborate with your teams and share the tools we use, the way we coach and the style we implement in our innovation sprint experiences.

Join this online workshop to add new styles of facilitating, communicating during innovation sprints, present and tell a stories to engage project participants.

By the end of the Train the Trainer Masterclass, you will be able to:

  • Identify your preferred facilitation and coaching style and learn ways to flex said styles
  • Add new exercises and tools to use during your sprints
  • Review the art of giving feedback and telling a story
  • Learn skills that you can use to motivate and inspire
  • Define your next version of you as an innovation coach and facilitator
  • Be part of a community of innovation coaches and facilitators present to support each other

How can I join?

This training is exclusively for members of Cookhouse Labs. Here’s how you can get started with your Cookhouse Labs membership!

Location

Online, virtual

Google Sprint Masterclass [May 3]

Explore what you can accomplish using Google Sprint and learn how to ensure you keep solving problems in just five days

Google Sprint is a methodology that uses the understanding of Design Thinking and helps you solve complex problems in five days. The process is strategically designed so that solutions are defined within an equivalent of a working week, and same as with Design Thinking saving money and time.

Join this workshop to learn another design methodology that you can implement in your daily projects.

  • By the end of the one-day Google Sprint Workshop, you will be able to:
  • Understand what Google Sprint is
  • Recognize the differences between Lean Startup, Cookhouse Labs methodology and Google Sprint
  • Learn when you can use this methodology to make the most of it
  • Identify the benefits of a Google Sprint
  • Practice the methodology and receive feedback on the spot

How can I join?

This training is exclusively for members of Cookhouse Labs. Here’s how you can get started with your Cookhouse Labs membership!

Location

Online, virtual

Design Thinking Masterclass [Feb 15-16]

Learn how to apply Design Thinking principles to tackle complex problems within your organization.

Design Thinking is a mindset and a process that helps you solve real industry problems by developing customer-focused solutions in a short amount of time. Design Thinking methodologies are already being in a variety of industries to innovate quickly, channel creativity and when used correctly, save a significant amount of time and money when launching new products or services. Join this 2-day workshop to learn the fundamental concepts of Design Thinking and experience the value of its methodologies through engaging, hands-on activities.

How can I join?

This training is exclusively for members of Cookhouse Labs. Here’s how you can get started with your Cookhouse Labs membership!

Location

Online, virtual.

By the end of the two-day Design Thinking Training, you will be able to:

  • Define Design Thinking, and apply Design Thinking methodologies to achieve your business needs
  • Identify how Design Thinking is being applied in a variety of industries to solve essential challenges
  • Apply Design Thinking concepts to effectively empathize with and interview customers
  • Facilitate Design Thinking Sprints to solve problems.
  • Apply a ‘toolkit’ of activities to use within your organization and daily work to find efficiencies
  • Ask the right questions to aid in solution development

Recap: Our First Hybrid Event ft. University of Amsterdam!

Earlier this month, we ran our first-ever hybrid event in our Toronto Lab space! 

We were delighted to host an in-house day on November 3rd for a large group of students from the University of Amsterdam as part of the VSAE International Study Project 2021, where Actuarial and Econometrics students visited Toronto for a week to immerse themselves in the Canadian business world. 

Our team was very excited to welcome them — check out how we prepared the Lab space for our special guests below! 

The Setup

We had fun setting up the Lab for our special guests from The Netherlands!

As we continue to grow internationally, our team has been exploring opportunities to run hybrid events that allow participants to join both in-person and virtually. In 2020, we even invited students from the University of Applied Sciences in Würzburg-Schweinfurt, Germany (FHWS) to develop their own solution for a hybrid event model. Check out the cool robotic solution they came up with here

To test out our hybrid concept, our Lead Innovation Coach, Ibeth Ramos, led the day’s events remotely, while our Co-Founder Sven Roehl and our intern Niklas Bortzler were present in the Lab to greet the students and facilitate the on-ground activities. 

The Welcome

The student group arrived promptly at 9 AM and received a warm welcome from our in-house team. After they found their nametags and poured themselves a hot cup of coffee, the group settled in the main Lab space to begin their exciting day with us. 

Our Co-Founder Sven gave a brief introduction of Cookhouse Labs and msg global solutions, our parent company. Director of Cookhouse Labs Utrecht (The Netherlands), Rian de Heer, joined the introduction virtually from France to provide more insight into msg global solutions, beginning with the company’s origins in 1980 and how it grew to over 8500 employees in 28 countries today.  

Sven continued his presentation with a deeper dive into the history of the insurance industry, sharing challenges along the way and how Cookhouse Labs is playing a part to #MakeInsuranceBetter by facilitating innovation, collaboration, and co-creation. 

The Introduction

After a quick coffee break, Coach Ibeth gave the students a virtual introduction to Design Thinking, walking them through the fundamentals of the human-centered innovation methodology. The students were also introduced to her lovely puppies, who joined the session briefly as well! Then, they set off for a quick lunch break before they began to apply their learnings in a short sprint. 

The Sprint

The students were split into 4 teams and invited to tackle the challenge of how the insurance industry can help combat climate change. They began the first step of Design Thinking: Empathy, which required them to learn about current perspectives on insurance and climate change.  

During step two, Define, they mapped out their findings on a whiteboard empathy map. Using these key insights, the student teams defined a persona and created a journey map. For example, one team chose the persona of a 28-year-old salesperson who was inspired by a climate change documentary and mapped out the persona’s experience of getting in touch with their insurer to see how the organization could make a difference. 

Coach Ibeth continued to guide the teams, visiting each room virtually and interacting with the students as they moved to the next step, Design. The students ideated solutions they could develop within various timeframes, such as 1 week and 1 month.  

After voting on the top idea to develop, the teams dove into the next step, Create. Coach Ibeth had prepared special prototyping boxes for the students the day before their visit, with various fun materials to use during this stage, such as feathers, stickers, pipe cleaners, and popsicle sticks. She invited their inner child to come out and play, providing the space for them to express creativity and have fun. 

During the final step, Test, the teams presented their prototypes to each other, such as an information app and smartwatch to help customers monitor their carbon footprint. The presentations were creative, fun, and all unique — we were absolutely blown away!  

The Wrap-Up

As the clock struck 4:30 PM, we began to wrap up our in-house day with positive feedback and final comments. Co-Founder Sven and Coach Ibeth encouraged the students to always trust the Design Thinking process and to stay connected to our global community by joining future opportunities to co-create with insurance thought leaders. Our team then presented the students with special gifts ahead of the holiday season, and the whole group posed for a few photos before a little networking and final goodbyes. 

Before we concluded the day, we asked Michelle Mutsaers, who is a board member of the VSAE, to describe the in-house day experience: 

“During the in-house at Cookhouse Labs, our students learned to solve problems by using more creative and out-of-the-box thinking. The day was well-balanced with a short theoretical part and after that, immediately using this in practice. In short, it was a highly educational and fun day!” 

— Michelle Mutsaers, Board Member on the International Study Project Committee 2021 

A big thank-you to VSAE for spending a day in our innovation space, and to msg global solutions Canada for being the sponsor for the day! We enjoyed meeting and hosting the students and look forward to seeing all of you continue to achieve big things in the near future! 

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VSAE International Study Project 2021 [Nov 3]

VSAE International Study Project 2021 [Nov 3]

We’re excited to host an in-house day for students from the University of Amsterdam in our Toronto Lab space! As part of the VSAE International Study Project 2021, Actuarial and Econometrics students will visit Toronto in November to explore the Canadian business world. We look forward to spending a full day with our visiting young talent, running through activities to inspire creativity and an innovative mindset! 

Pop-up Lab Microinsurance LATAM in Spanish [Nov 16-18]

Pop-up Lab Medellin

We are inviting insurers from across Latin America to come together for a one-of-a-kind co-creation experience in Spanish, where you will have the unique opportunity to tackle a regional insurance challenge collaboratively.