Enabling Capabilities: Innovation and Development in the Outer Hebrides

George Jaramillo

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This article explores the developing relationships that come about through design innovation with community organisations. This was done through a partnership between The Glasgow School of Art's Institute of Design Innovation and a non-profit heritage community group, Ionad Hiort, as part of growing study in how higher education design research can play an active partner in community group development. It argues for the use of design thinking and innovation in improving strategy and organisational processes within non-profit organisations. In this case, it looks at what role it can play in building and enabling organisational confidence in its mission, as well as, building “beyond the museum”. The new approach to this unique relationship casts new light towards working with complexities and strategies rather than trying to resolve issues from the outset of a project. These enabling relationships are divided into three sections of this paper: First it explores the context of the island community group and “building” heritage, followed by a brief history of St Kilda and its current status, and designation as a World Heritage site. Second, it seeks the value of developing strategy and the introduction of the Institute of Design Innovation (INDI). This is followed by a discussion of the six-month relationship and work that was done that elucidates various methods used and ending with its outcomes. The third section reflects upon the impacts at the relationship building between the two groups with some final thoughts on the partnership, where it can lead, and how this can represent new ways of working together within community groups.

Original languageEnglish
JournalM/C Journal: A Journal of Media and Culture
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 26 Apr 2017


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