An important element of any progress lies in challenging the status quo. Innovation rarely comes by chance, it requires the ability to want to change and think in other ways. One way to challenge truths is to have them tested by other people's opinions, thus making diversity a key ingredient. The digitization of society has many positive effects, but it does make our input more homogeneous. Social media algorithms and websites are rigged to display what we have been attracted to in the past. In the future, we must actively seek inspiration to evolve. Organizations' meeting places will therefore become more important in the future to ensure resistance and tap into your employees diversity.
Creative work processes has certain requirement, such as equal, committed participants who meet and exchange ideas. Usually, working digitally would be a disruptive element. Today, with social distancing digital tools are a prerequisite for the success of creative work processes. As a society and a business, we can do without big ideas for a few weeks, but in the long run problems need good creative solutions. How should we get the creative wheels going without our usual tools and new digital tools? We have asked four creative heads how they solve this problem.
Few furniture designers can boast about designing both a commercial success and receiving an award for the design for the same product. The Clint chair designed by Atle Tveit and Lars Tornøe has this privilege. In 2010, the chair won the "Award for design excellence" distributed by DogA, and more than 50,000 Clint chairs have been sold since its launch in 2009. With the launch of Clint Cover we can extend the use of the chairs already sold. We call it an upcycling initiative.
The architects in Helen & Hard and Saaha have designed a magnificent building. The Finansparken project in Stavanger is an arena for value creation. SpareBank 1 SR-Bank's new head office opened its doors in November 2019. 650 employees are finally located in one location - Finansparken. The building is nominated for no less than two awards; the price for this year's building (5 nominees) and the price for this year's wooden building (3 nominees).