Workshop 1a
Applications for self-organizing teams and organizations

Nils Brede Moe
Nils Brede Moe, SINTEF Digital
John Richard Hanssen
John Richard Hanssen, Abilator AS

In this explorative workshop we will present core principles for self-organization and test out how these principles can be transformed to practical applications in a workplace. We will use the framework “Open Participatory Organizations (OPO)” and recent research on autonomous teams as a starting ground. The OPO framework represent an innovative way of how to organize work without fixed roles and hierarchical structures - allowing autonomous teams to blossom. The workshop is facilitated by Nils Brede Moe (SINTEF) and John Richard Hanssen (Abilator AS / Center for Transformative Leadership AS).

Workshop 1b
Design thinking

Federico Lozano
Federico Lozano, Pracademy 

In this rapidly changing world, organizations more than ever must focus on their customers and main stakeholders and learn to empathise with their needs. Design thinking (DT), a methodology developed at Stanford University, enables firms to do just that. DT is practical, human-centered, and prototype-driven. It helps teams of diverse people tackle fuzzy, ill-defined challenges in creative ways. These challenges can come in many shapes and sizes, for example, the development of new products, services, and experiences; the design of business models; or the structuring of organizational systems.

As design thinkers, we begin by focusing on the human experience. We understand that the most impactful innovations are those that address important human needs in meaningful ways. To understand these needs, we adopt a deeply empathic perspective by standing in the shoes of others, and experiencing life from their perspective. This is not new, however. Anthropologists have been doing this for generations. Design thinking simply relays this powerful approach to address the challenges of modern-day organizations.

In this workshop, we will explore the power of DT and empathy through multiple hands-on, experiential, fast-paced, and fun exercises. In this workshop you will learn to:

  • Communicate lessons through a powerful teaching style, which taps into students’ intellect and emotions
  • Guide students in deep learning, introspection, and reflection through the use of metacognitive skills
  • Balance between being a strong facilitator and permitting your students to fail safely and deal with ambiguity

Bio Federico Lozano
Fede is an educator and entrepreneur who is passionate about helping all sorts of people create and innovate. He is the founder of Pracademy (, a global innovation training company; Asst. Professor of Innovation II at the Norwegian University of Science & Technology (NTNU), where he was recently awarded the Teacher of the Year prize; Visiting Asst. Professor of Innovation at the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH); and Academic Director of DT Bergen, a cross-disciplinary executive-education program in collaboration with NHH, NTNU, and other universities. Fede earned his MBA from Stanford University, where he received the Social Innovation Fellowship and founded three startups, the last of which received seed funding from Stanford.

Workshop 1c
Skills you need to succeed with interdisciplinary work

Workshop leaders: Bogdan Glogovac (Ducky and Gibberish improv theatre) and Kristoffer Nergård (Gibberish improv theatre)

Gibberish improv theatre

Addressing Grand Societal Challenges such as climate change or food security implies interdisciplinary work, e.g. as stated in Horizon 2020 calls. Interdisciplinarity involves the combining of two or more academic disciplines into one activity: crossing the doctrine, practice and ethos of disciplinary boundaries. This might sound straightforward on paper, but time and again interdisciplinary research projects fail to achieve learning and outcomes across disciplines

This workshop offers training and tools to ensure that interdisciplinary work can become successful. We approach research communication as an embodied, performed and performative aspect of research practice – where body postures, voices, eye contact and feelings matter. The workshop is interactive and includes exercises that aim to explore the following skills related to effective collaboration and communication: trust, acceptance, attentive listening and embracing failure. At the end of the workshop participants will have some idea of how to pick up on and train some of the aptitudes crucial for interdisciplinary work

Workshop 2a
Experts in Teamwork (NTNU) - Facilitation for enhanced collaboration

Workshop leaders: Sven Veine, and Lars Skancke from Experts in teamwork, NTNU

Sven Veine
Sven Veine
Lars Skancke
Lars Skancke

The use of groups is common in both education and work life. The intent is usually to achieve greater results in productivity, learning and more, although these results and the process towards them may be lacking. This may be due to uneven group involvement, someone sneaking away, limited critical group thinking or conflicts, etc. How can we facilitate groups so the participants themselves can become able to address such challenges?

In Experts in Teamwork at NTNU (EiT) we use facilitation to activate potentials for better interaction in student groups. In this workshop, the participants will learn some techniques of basic facilitation as practiced in EiT. Particular emphasis is placed on observation, the use of sociograms and training in asking open-ended questions at the group level.

Workshop 2b
Can entrepreneurship be taught?

Workshop leader: Even Haug Larsen, NTNU

Even Haug Larsen
Even Haug Larsen

NTNU’s school of entrepreneurship is a master program at NTNU where students become change agents and learn entrepreneurship through starting their own company. The school’s unique teaching methodology focuses on a combination of theory and practical problem solving, with the goal of educating the best business developers in the world. In this workshop, faculty from NTNU’s school of entrepreneurship will share their teaching methodology and explain how they work with entrepreneurship and innovation. Their way of thinking can be implemented into all research areas and privat/public industries, and all participants will receive a framework on how they can work with innovation and entrepreneurship in their organization or in teaching contexts. The workshop will be interactive and include group work.

Workshop 2c
Challenges across scientific boundaries - Interdisciplinarity in ocean sciences.

Workshop leaders: Maria Azucena Gutierrez Gonzalez, NTNU; Ela Sjølie, NTNU; Steinar Løve Ellefmo, NTNU

Maria Azucena Gutierrez Gonzalez
Maria A. G. Gonzalez
Ela Sjølie
Ela Sjølie
Steinar Løve Ellefmo
Steinar L. Ellefmo
NTNU Oceans

Interdisciplinary collaboration is essential for solving complex problems. NTNU Oceans is determined to increase collaboration across scientific borders regardless of its complexity. However, there are issues to consider as research shows that multidisciplinary teams more often fail than succeed in achieving excellence.

In this workshop we will discuss questions such as:

  • What kind of expertise do researchers need to be able to contribute in interdisciplinary teams?
  • What skills are needed to join and create interdisciplinary teams
  • What are the bases for successful interdisciplinary workgroups
  • We will also work on practical cases related to NTNU Oceans Deep Sea Mining project to find work routines that will make interdisciplinary work more successful.

We have invited contributors across disciplines to discuss these topics with us:
  • Nancy Lea Eik-Nes, Dept. of Language and Literature, NTNU: Communication in interdisciplinary environments
  • Dag Waaler, Dept. of Health Sciences, NTNU: What are the challenges at the individual level when taking part in interdisciplinary work?
  • Eirik Irgens, Dept. of Teacher Education, NTNU: Ways of Knowing and Channels to Reality in Interdisciplinary Work
  • Case 1: Steinar Løve Ellefmo, Dept. of Geoscience and Petroleum, and Espen Dyrnes Stabell, Dept. of Philosophy and Religious Studies, NTNU: Interdisciplinary collaboration within Deep Sea Mining. A management and participant/researcher perspective
  • Case 2: Neil Alperstein, Rambøll: Experiences from Rambøll

Time and place

Time & place
Next Its21 in 2021
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