Housing Department Gets Innovative

 

Housing and Community Development goes offsite & gets innovative to tackle strategic challenges.

Meeting participants get hands-on with “in the moment” problem solving on the rock wall

Meeting participants get hands-on with “in the moment” problem solving on the rock wall

 

THE OPPORTUNITY

When the City of Dubuque’s Housing and Community Development team had to tackle a tough challenge related to website design & usability, they knew it would take creativity and innovation to create a more user-friendly online portal to their programs & services.

Working to build the largest structure they can using magnetic tiles

Working to build the largest structure they can using magnetic tiles

THE APPROACH

Naturally, they decided to hold their meeting in one of our Innovation Spaces, which provide high quality meeting amenities & great technology.

To really help their team members get into an innovation mindset, they also took the opportunity to try out our Team Innovation Challenges, which provide hands-on, immersive activities designed to foster creative thinking and innovation skills.

Harnessed climbing helps participants reach new heights

Harnessed climbing helps participants reach new heights

THE IMPACT

Sure, the Housing and Community Development team could have met in any conference room. But by utilizing our off-site innovation space and services, the team members had an opportunity to flex their creative muscles practice positive risk-taking and “in the moment” problem solving.

These short focus breaks throughout the day, which research shows is important for intense ideation sessions, helped create more engagement in their meeting sessions and resulted in better team & task outcomes.