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Catalyst: How to make your organisation more innovative

22 February 2024 | 10 am – 3.30 pm | Online


This session for heritage organisations or projects will guide you through the different types of innovation and how they relate to your organisation’s purpose and aims.


Innovation is the lifeblood of organisations, the essential element that ensures their efficiency, success, and ultimately their survival. This does not mean that all organisations must generate the innovations themselves – some organisations adopt the innovations provided by others. Innovation is about much more than the technology that we adopt and use, it is about a mindset for improvement, change, and development.

In this dynamic session you will be guided through the different types of innovation and how they relate to your organisation’s purpose and aims. We will focus on how to grow an inclusive culture of innovation within your organisation and highlight some key tools and resources to help you to develop an innovative mindset.

Learning outcomes

This session will help you to:

  • Understand why innovation is important to your organisation
  • Explore the different types of innovation that will help your organisation to thrive
  • Learn how to develop a culture of creativity and innovation
  • Identify practical tools to help your organisation have a future-focused innovation mindset to handle new and unforeseen challenges
  • Gain the courage to test new ideas


This free programme is funded through our Catalyst Cymru: Broadening Horizons, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and is specifically for voluntary Heritage* organisations in Wales / organisations running a heritage project.

*Heritage can be defined as:

  • Community Heritage – eg a project focusing on a local area to improve/restore/interpret the natural or built environment
  • Cultures and Memories – eg celebrating diverse cultures through the arts/oral history projects
  • Landscapes and Natural Heritage – eg promoting nature / biodiversity
  • Historic Buildings and Monuments
  • Industrial, Maritime and Transport
  • Museums, Libraries and Archives

Who is the programme for?

This programme is appropriate for all levels of people involved in heritage organisations.


Martin Downes FRSA

Martin Downes FRSA is the creator of Start Something Good® and the Hack of Kindness®, an innovative approach to co-designing solutions and creating fresh ideas for social change. Martin is the Lead Consultant: Learning and Development at Cwmpas, a development agency for economic and social change.

Prior to this Martin was the Social Entrepreneurship Officer for Social Business Wales delivering workshops and lectures on social enterprise on start-up programmes, in communities, colleges, and universities. Martin also managed Social Enterprise Academy Wales, a leadership and social enterprise learning programme.

Martin has a background in community work, senior management in the voluntary sector, publishing, and business. Martin is also a published author, public speaker and facilitator, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Before joining Cwmpas Martin ran a creative agency, worked as a consultant, and worked with individuals and organisations making an impact or good.

Places are limited to one person/organisation.

WCVA is delivering this programme in partnership with Cwmpas.

Book your place

All our courses can be delivered bespoke and tailored to meet your organisation’s needs. Please complete our bespoke training request form and a member of our team will be in touch.

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