You have had the opportunity to work with your team or others with the city of Helsingborg challenges, and now you need to decide which way to go!

Below are a number of exercises that you can do or take inspiration from. All exercises can be done in physical or digital meetings, and you do not need to follow them in detail. It is free to change the order of things.

The exercises are divided according to how long they take to complete, however, many of the exercises can be extended or speeded up to suit the time you set aside.

1. Short exercises (approximately 15 minutes)

ask a question

If you have some time at your disposal, it may work to just ask discussion questions, either in a "hive" or in small groups:

If you want to work with several challenges:

  • Which is most interesting / which engages the most / creates the most value?

If you want to work on a challenge:

  • Which stakeholders / actors could help us solve the challenge?
  • How can we break down the challenge?
  • What could the next step be?
  • Which of you is passionate about working on the challenge and can imagine taking the next step?

A quick research

Doing a quick research on the challenge can be a great way to use the time. Let the group spend 15-20 minutes searching the internet to see what they find.

You can divide the participants into groups with different themes (such as statistics about the challenge, solutions related to the challenge, other places where you tried to solve the challenge, and so on.) Or you let everyone search as they want.

The most important thing is to collect everything you find in one place, such as a digital whiteboard or a shared document.

After the research, you can have a discussion to see what interesting things came up, and encourage participants to spend some time going through what the others find.

You can find some with tips on the method here.


2. Slightly longer exercises (approximately 30-60 minutes)

Work with the challenge template

Follow the instructions below and use this template (download as PDF or PPT) to explore one or more challenges.

Challenge template

  1. Think individually about the challenge / challenges for 5 minutes
  2. Discuss the challenge (s) with a colleague for 5-10 minutes
  3. Fill in the template together for 10-15 minutes
  4. Explain to the rest of the group how you have reasoned
  5. Agree on the next step

If you have many participants, it can be good to divide yourself into smaller groups so that everyone can contribute to the discussions.

Take a look at our innovation initiatives

You can find many examples of innovation initiatives on this site. It can be a great source of ideas and inspiration to work on our challenges.

Some examples of innovation initiatives in the city

Give everyone the task to look around among the innovation initiatives and choose at least one project that inspired them. The project must be from a different administration than their own. Then discuss in small groups and decide on one of these projects to lift in a large group and then think about how this project can solve challenges that we also have.

After this, discuss some potential next steps. For example, each group can contact the person who came up with the idea to learn more about it and about the possibility of doing something similar. Or they can explore the technology used (if relevant) or follow similar cases. Do not forget to document the results from the workshop.

Idea generation

If you want to gather many potential ideas on how the challenge can be solved, use one or more methods to come up with ideas.

Start by introducing them the golden rules for idea generation to create the right conditions, and then follow the instructions for idea generation.

If you have more time, then you can continue to look for patterns sometimes the ideas and prioritize them.


3. Long exercises (over 60 minutes)

If you have more time at your disposal, you can combine several of the above activities, or choose some of these methods that suits what you want to achieve.

It may be worth considering spending half a day or even a full day working on a number of exercises. Why not join forces with colleagues from another administration and collaborate on some of the exercises? Be creative and use your imagination to design exercises that are in line with what you want to achieve.


If you follow the guide, go back for the next step.

2. Plan and prepare

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