- The Platform

IDeaLs is a research platform pioneering new ways to engage people to make innovation happen.

In our search for meaningful innovation, we will develop new insights and tools that leverage the power of design and digital technologies.

Born in Politecnico di Milano School of Management, IDeaLs brings science into action. It joins leading organizations, thought leaders and researchers to create tools that spark change and deliver impact.

- Our Manifesto

Innovation as Meaning

From Innovating Ideas to
Changing Paradigms

How can I re-frame my organization to
systematically infuse it with inspired meaning?

Design as SenseMaking

From Human-Centered Design to
Humans Making Objects

How can I co-create objects that
encourage my organization to converge
on collective meaning? 

Leadership as Transition

From Managing Change to
Changing Consciousness

How can I re-engage my organization
to realize profound meaning?

As our research indicates, in an increasingly complex world overcrowded by information and ideas, engaging people is the biggest hurdle in any innovation journey.

- Our Approach

We investigate how to discover and nurture organizational contexts where individuals can innovate not only by engaging with others in sharing a personal purpose, but also by being engaged by others’ in the creation of a shared innovative and meaningful direction.

IDeaLs’ partners are active members in collaborative research using digital technologies to:

IMAGINE: key research question;

RESEARCH: frameworks to inform our approach;

PROTOTYPE: tools in collaborative experiments;

LEARN: through analytics to activate change ;

TRANSFORM: organizations by applying the research;

- What happened so far