Launching Fresh Thinking Labs at Saint-Gobain06-Jul-2016
Invitation to Saint-Gobain with Fresh Thinking Labs
5th - 6th October 2016
Saint-Gobain FabLab, Bristol, UK
Launching the Programme at Saint-Gobain
We're delighted to invite you to the launch of our Open Event programme, to be hosted by Fresh Thinking Lab Founder Member Saint-Gobain at its new Bristol FabLab on 5th-6th October. Saint-Gobain, an advanced manufacturing company, was founded in 1665 and employs over 200,000 people worldwide. The Bristol plant has built a powerful approach to self-managed teamworking and employee-driven innovation, supported by a senior management team highly committed both to sharing their experiences and to learning from other leading companies. Its FabLab, opened in 2016, exemplifies the company’s belief in releasing the creativity and knowledge of its entire workforce. Read the article by Tom Francis, Saint-Gobain's Business Manager.
Its experience of transformation raises important questions, for example:
How do you link employee driven innovation with customer focussed innovation?
How do you balance employee-driven innovation with the daily running of the business?
How can you make effective decisions, especially on a global scale, involving self-directed teams?
Saint-Gobain is keen to share its considerable achievements and to learn from the experiences of others in order to help take the next steps. This highly interactive event will include:
- an immersive exploration of Saint-Gobain's philosophy and its approach to employee engagement and empowerment;
- sharing experience and practice with Saint-Gobain’s senior team and staff as “critical friends”;
- open forums to share issues and challenges identified by participants;
- "Talking Circles" with experts including Professor John Bessant, a leading international expert on high involvement innovation., and Professor Peter Totterdill – international workplace innovation expert and Fresh Thinking Labs co-founder.
The event will also launch the In Person Lab on Employee-Driven Innovation, a programme of company-hosted meetings for a closed group of members.
This is part of a programme of Open Events in locations across Europe and is only open to members of Fresh Thinking Labs.
Company Standard membership starts at £750 / €950 per annum and provides you with 2 Member Accounts. It includes one place at each Fresh Thinking Labs Open Event as well as access to our state of the art Online platform and learning resources;
Company Plus at £1800 / €2200 per annum provides you with 10 Member Accounts and gives you three places at each Fresh Thinking Labs Open Event as well as the benefits enjoyed by Company Standard Members;
Company Premier at £5000 / €7000 per annum enhances these benefits by offering up to 20 Member Accounts, five places at each Fresh Thinking Labs Open Event and free access to all In Person Labs. See www.freshthinkinglabs.com for further details.
The event begins with lunch at 12.30 on Wednesday 5th ending at 14.00 after lunch on Thursday 6th October 2016.
Accommodation and a Networking Dinner will be booked for delegates in a nearby hotel (cost £200).