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What is People Powered Innovation?

This is a “next generation” framework designed for Executives, Managers, Team Members and Internal Staff Specialists that recognize the importance of simultaneously delivering for their organization, network or ecosystem:


It is specifically designed for innovation challenges that require:

  • accelerated implementation, personal growth among participants, and development of new relationships among stakeholders that enable future co-creation
  • the collective genius, full support and understanding of all stakeholders, including those working within the system, those whom it serves and others with vested interests
  • a custom approach for your culture and specific challenges
  • creating a culture of innovation, while solving the problem at hand


People Powered Innovation is a set of practices and a process for:

  • Rethinking how you create, deliver and capture value (ie your Business Model)
  • Reinventing Management Processes, Roles and Structures (ie your Operating Model)
  • Building collaboration and coordination across silos and levels
  • Creating a Culture of Innovation
  • Taking your Service, Production or Research Processes to the next level
  • Leveraging key relationships within your Ecosystem or Networks
  • Delivering great employee AND great customer/patient/client experiences
  • Improving team, organizational and network flexibility

What's different?

People Powered Innovation  involves people from across organization, network or ecosystem in the discovery of what works, what energizes them, and what they hope to create; focuses on what we want to create and what opportunities, resources and strengths we have to enable our shared success; invites us to learn our way into the future through prototype development and iterative testing; and ensures that solutions are systemic, fully integrating human, organizational, technological and economic innovations.

People Powered Innovation is easily customized based on these principles:

✓     Four Birds, One Stone

✓     Manage Continuity First

✓     Expose Your Strengths to Use Them

✓     Evolution not Revolution – Experiment into the future

✓     Caution: What You Study is What You Get

✓     Radical Participation Works – Empathy Does Not

✓     Emergence is Real – Start Your Planning Here

✓     Best Fit Matters more than Single Best Solution


Is your organization, network or ecosystem ready for innovation?

NOW, there are two workshop options to choose from!
Choose one or both!

People Powered Innovation: Adapting To New Realities – By Design

John Molson School of Business, Concordia University, Montreal

People Powered Innovation Bootcamp

John Molson School of Business, Concordia University, Montreal

NOTE: Participation in any of these workshops will qualify you for membership in the PPI Network for Managers and Practitioners



People Powered Innovation:
Adapting To New Realities - By Design


WHO is this workshop for?

This workshop is limited to Executives, Senior Managers and Their Innovation Teams whose reality is Scenario "B" below:

Scenario A
(Technical Challenges)
Scenario B
(Adaptive Challenges)
  • The problem is easy to define
  • The problem is difficult to define (although easy to deny)
  • Solutions can often be implemented by edict because they are fairly cut-and-dried, usually technical in nature
  • Changes in values, beliefs, roles, relationships, and approaches to work are required
  • The problem can be solved by an expert-for-hire
  • The problem can best be solved by the people most affected by the problem
  • The solution will require change in just one or a few places
  • The solution requires change in numerous places, usually across organizational boundaries
  • Solutions can be copied from others
  • Solutions will require new discoveries from within
  • Once a solution is identified, scaling up is logical straight forward and does not require testing
  • 'Going for broke' is too risky - "learning our way into the future" is better
  • Solutions that benefit only the business and/or the customers are acceptable.
  • Solutions that benefit not just customers and the business, but also the people within the system, and our broader communities are the goal.

If Scenario “B” fits you better, then this workshop is for your:

  • Business leaders who must accelerate organizational innovation (in either your business model or operating model) that dramatically improves customer and employee experiences, strengthens the bottom line, and builds a more flexible enterprise based on a culture of innovation.
  • Healthcare leaders who need to accelerate innovations in care delivery for improved patient experiences and outcomes and staff experiences while improving quality and safety, and also reducing operating costs.
  • Educational leaders committed to engaging faculty (and Faculties) in practical university/community partnerships for the development of strong applied research cultures, increasingly relevant curricula and dynamic implementation processes.
  • Eco-system Entrepreneurs who are committed to finding multi-stakeholder, collaborative solutions for the complex socio-economic issues facing our world today.
  • Innovation Teams responsible for innovation in core processes, operating model, or business model

What will be covered?

You will leave understanding a disciplined, fresh approach to innovation and transformation in complex human systems-- not just for generating great ideas but for turning them into innovations-in-practice.

Through case studies, small group analyses and learning dialogues you will:

  • Explore your own and others “new realities” --the challenges you will face and opportunities that you will cultivate
  • Discover the meaning and practices behind the principles of People Powered Innovation
  • Assess the fit of People Powered Innovation principles, process, and practices within your organization’s context
  • Provide or receive help from your peers, in real time, around application of these ideas in your world 

What can you expect

A fast-paced day with:

  • A broad focus
  • Data and evidence
  • Creative Inputs
  • Proof of concept -- results
  • An immersive experience
  • Structured time for dialogue with peers facing similar VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous) challenges
  • Clarity on leadership for PPI Innovation Process using PPI principles and tools 

People Powered Innovation Bootcamp

WHO is this workshop for?

This workshop is for:

  • Innovation Teams responsible for business or social innovation. Please note our approach is not technically focused, so while PPI can be applied to a wide range of innovation initiatives, it will not delve into technical product/solution management.
  • Change Agents, Consultants, Facilitators, Experience and Organization Designers, Executive Coaches, Technology Strategists who wish to learn a powerful synthesis of Whole Systems Designing, Appreciative Inquiry and Design Thinking.
  • Business leaders whose role is to accelerate organizational innovation (at either the business model or operating model levels) that dramatically improves the customer and employee experience, strengthens the bottom line while building a more flexible enterprise based on a culture of innovation.
  • Healthcare leaders who need to accelerate innovations in care delivery for improved patient and staff experiences while also improving quality, safety and reducing operating costs.
  • Educational leaders committed to engaging faculty in the development of strong research cultures, increasingly relevant curricula and dynamic teaching processes
  • Social Entrepreneurs who are committed to finding multi-stakeholder, collaborative solutions for the complex social issues facing our world today.

What will be covered?

You will learn about a disciplined approach to innovation and an integrated set of ideas, processes and practices for discovering collective strengths, assets, aspirations and opportunities – and turning those not just into great ideas but into innovations-in-practice.


  • What is People Powered Innovation?
  • What are the key principles of People Powered Innovation?
  • What is the People Powered Innovation methodology and how can I use it?
  • How can I apply the People Powered Innovation framework? 

What can you expect?

  • This is a fast paced, learn-by-doing workshop, during which participants will apply People Powered Innovation to a real innovation challenge. Additionally you will:
  • learn from short presentations by the faculty on key ideas and practices
  • use an interactive workbook specially developed for this workshop
  • hear stories of where PPI has been applied
  • participate in small group discussions and Q&A sessions

Dates and Fee

People Powered Innovation: Adapting To New Realities - By Design

DATE: Postponed until further notice

TIME:  8:30 pm - 4:30 pm


Early Bird  
$695 CAD + taxes

Regular Cost
$995 CAD + taxes

People Powered Innovation Bootcamp

DATE: Postponed until further notice

TIME: 8:30 pm - 4:30 pm daily


Early Bird 
$1195 CAD + taxes

Regular Cost
$1495 CAD + taxes

People Powered Innovation: Adapting To New Realities - By Design AND People Powered Innovation Bootcamp

DATE: Postponed until further notice

TIMES: 8:30 pm - 4:30 pm daily


Early Bird  
$1845 CAD + taxes

Regular Cost
$2295 CAD + taxes



All program fees include lunch, coffee breaks and all materials.
Enrolment is limited.


Concordia University Conference Centre
John Molson School of Business, 9th Floor
1450 Guy Street
Montreal, Quebec H3H 0A1


Participants are responsible for their own accommodations and their own transportation to and from the venue.  


The amount paid minus a non-refundable administration fee will be refunded for all cancellations received in writing by --. No refunds will be granted for cancellations received after that time. Please contact in order to cancel your registration.

Concordia University reserves the right to cancel the program if there is insufficient registration or if there is a situation that is out of CHRCS and Concordia University’s control. Attendees will be notified and will receive a full refund of their registration fee.
If applicable, it is your responsibility to obtain adequate trip cancellation insurance to cover the cost of any potential losses that may arise due to cancellation.


Who we are

People Powered Innovation Labs is a collaborative social enterprise dedicated to co-creating organizations, networks and ecosystems, where people, the enterprise and our society thrive in ways that work for all. We do this by providing educational programs, resources and publications; hosting a learning network for managers and practitioners; and conducting action research within partnership organizations -- to advance, and freely share the theory and practice of PPI.

With over 100 combined years of experience as managers, consultants, researchers, educators, and change leaders, we have learned a few things about change, great workplaces and high performing organizations. People don’t resist change, they resist being changed.  Truly participatory innovation and design projects work.  Partially participative doesn’t.  The people doing the work are the best suited to innovate when supported with easy to use frameworks and methods, They are their own best designers.

Innovation in not an individual endeavor, so we work with large group processes to engage the whole organization and its ecosystem.  Using a blend of Socio-Technical System Principles, Design Thinking and Appreciative Inquiry, we create generative dialogical experiences that are implemented quickly and effectively.  In addition, we leave behind the knowledge and experience for ongoing innovation and design as required for the enterprise to flourish in today’s complex environments.


Bernard J. Mohr

Past Dean of Complex [Human] Systems Change at the Institute for Applied Behavioral Science, adjunct faculty in organizational innovation at Concordia University and visiting lecturer at KU Leuven. Bernard is known globally for his thought leadership in Appreciative Inquiry (“Appreciative Inquiry: Change at the Speed of Imagination”; The Essentials of Appreciative Inquiry: A Roadmap for Creating Positive Futures”; The Appreciative Inquiry Summit: A Practitioner’s Guide for Leading Positive Large-Group Change”) and Socio-Technical Systems  (Co-Creating Humane and Innovative Organizations: Evolutions in the Practice of Socio-Technical System Design”; “Designing Integrated Care Ecosystems: A SocioTechnical Systems Perspective"). He works internationally on the design of positive innovation of professional practices in health care delivery and scientific R&D. Representative clients include British Petroleum R&D, Baystate Health, Elliott Health System, Exxon-Mobil R&D, Faxton-St. Luke’s Healthcare, GlaxoSmithKline, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Novartis, NYU Langone Medical Center, Shell Chemical R&D, Tufts Medical Center, and the World Health Organization. Recent Speaking Engagements:

  • Designing Integrated Care at the Ecosystem Level (International Conference on INTEGRATED CARE San Sebastian, Basque Country, Spain)
  • Creating the Environment for Relational Healthcare - Possibilities in Collaborative Inter-Professional Designing Conference on “RELATIONAL PRACTICES IN HEALTH AND HEALTHCARE” Global Center for Health Innovation, Cleveland, OH
  • The STS Digital Framework for Cross Disciplinary Designing: How Digital Technology and STS Principles Support Systemic Work Design Conference on INTEGRATING TECHNOLOGY & ORGANIZATION IN A DIGITAL WORLD San Francisco, CA

Bernard can be reached at +1-207-807-4974 or


Tracy Eames

With a passion for transformative projects, Tracy has spent 15+ years launching new brands, building program management offices (PMOs), directing innovation projects and teams, and leading organizational change, both domestically and internationally. Her commitment to customer-focused solutions, grounds her approach and her belief that innovation spurs change far beyond the solutions that it inspires. As the Founder of TEAMES & CO, she works with organizations that are poised for growth, focused on innovation, and seeking to further develop their team capabilities to scale their organization’s success. With a keen interest in health care and business, Tracy has worked with organizations across the healthcare and biotechnology spectrum and holds both a Master of Public Health from Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon and a MBA from ESADE Business School in Barcelona, Spain.

Tracy can be reached at +1 (603) 867-9155 or at


Don de Guerre

One of the world’s leading experts on Open Systems Theory and its application to strategic planning, policymaking, and organization design.  After 30 years of practice, he joined Concordia University as an Associate Professor. With colleagues, his research established that the choice of design principle and resulting organizational structure is the key lever that management can control to boost productivity, adaptability, innovation and health.  His work in the social economy sector has established that for projects to be sustainable and scalable a strong and formal community infrastructure is required, ideally as a first step.   Co-founder of People Powered Innovation Labs Dr. de Guerre is today continuing to develop direct participative democratic human systems characterized by full engagement and participation of all stakeholders.

Don can be reached at

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