Between 10 and 11 January 2017, a free innovation training for public servants was held at the TUD18 Training Coordination Office, which is financed by Norway Grants, involving excellent university professionals from Norway. The high standard of the training was guaranteed by professors Rolf Rønning and Ingjerd Thon Hagaseth, representing the Centre for Lifelong Learning at the University of Lillehammer in Norway. The key themes of the two-day training were innovation and how to create a creative, population-centred municipality, all of which was presented interactively, through case studies, in a very practical way. As a result, about fifty professionals from the municipalities of district 18 and town Vecsés filled the especially well equipped SAMSUNG Smart School model classroom of TUD18.
Prior to the training, the students prepared for the lectures and the intense teamwork of the 2-day training by watching preparatory training videos. During the two days of the training itself, the students could develop their problem-solving skills by learning novel solutions and techniques suitable to be used in practice. The participants could get acquainted with the theory and practice of innovation, and they also had the opportunity to expand each other's creative tools at case discussions and by sharing and discussing their own experiences. According to their feedback, the course also reached its target of sensitizing the participants in terms of the supporting and hindering factors of municipal innovation.
The participants of the training will have the future task to use the knowledge they acquired during the training to achieve an even more population-friendly and efficient municipal administration.
The short films that were created about the municipal innovation are available on the following websites:
A short film that provides the summary of the course:
The photos that were taken during the course are available in the gallery.