Ideas generation workshop

  • Feeling stuck in a rut? Creative juices not flowing freely?
  • Hung up on a problem, and don’t know how to solve it?
  • Need a new approach to talking about your charity’s research?

If you need to come up with new ways to work through a problem, I can facilitate a highly interactive ideas generation workshop.

Stuck in a rut?

It can be difficult to come up with creative ideas. When we’re stretched, stressed, or striving for perfection, it’s easy to fall back on the ‘old ways’ of doing things, and revert to tried-and-tested ideas.

There’s nothing wrong with this approach, in itself. But sometimes, a problem appears that the ‘old ideas’ can’t solve. Sometimes, a more creative option is needed.

The process

I believe that you – the people who work for your charity – have everything you need to generate brilliant and creative ideas. You don’t need a ‘guru’ or a trendy agency to come up with the ideas for you. With the right guidance, and the space and time to bring people together, you can do it.

My ideas generation workshop creates that space, and brings the right people together to solve your problem.

My approach is:

  • Bespoke: Your charity is unique, and your situation is unique. So, I work with you to understand the problem, set the constraints, and define the aim of the workshop. I don’t just turn up on the day to deliver the same thing I did for a different charity last week.
  • Collaborative: Even if it’s a problem for only your team, it’s still important to bring people from across the charity to work on it, for two reasons. One: a diversity of people helps create a diversity of ideas, and the more ideas, the better. And Two: bringing people together helps to get that early ‘buy-in’, which will help make the ideas a reality and really embed them in your organisation.
  • Interactive: Everyone has something to contribute. We’ll work to everyone’s strengths to generate and refine the ideas you need, to break through the barrier you’re up against.
  • Remote-first: Remote and hybrid working is now the norm for charities. My workshops are remote-first, operating entirely online over a Zoom call, without sacrificing the collaboration and interactive nature of an in-person meeting. This saves you time trying to find a suitable date when everyone can come to the office, and a room to fit everyone in.

What is this workshop suitable for?

The ideas generation workshop could be adapted to help you come up with solutions to any problem you’re having.

As examples, the workshop could help you come up with ideas to:

  • Engage your supporters with your charity’s work
  • Launch a new service
  • Encourage patients to get involved in research

Case study: Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis

In 2023, I worked with Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis to help them generative creative ideas to encourage more people affected with pulmonary fibrosis to take part in research.

We brought together colleagues from across the charity to work on the problem, in a highly interactive workshop, which generated many brilliant ideas.

Read the full case study of how I worked with Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis. 

Wendy Adams, Research Manager, said of the ideas generation workshop:

“The cross-team ideas generation workshop was a revelation, with hundreds of ideas generated, some of which we are taking forward. Richard’s brief time with us will continue to influence our work.”

Feedback from workshop participants:

“Excellent workshop – really well run – Richard was an excellent host”

“A great workshop, thank you”

“Thank you so much Richard! Really appreciate all the help and support that you have provided us.”