AGILS is a game changer that helps you to stay ahead of the game!

“It was so easy to say what you really think and not shy away from throwing in crazy ideas.“
“You really had to open your ears and listen – I couldn’t predict at all what the other character was going to say because of not knowing who was behind this character.” 
“Paintings made us think creatively and find surprising solutions – this really works!”
“Wow, I did not know that my people were so innovative!”

AGILS is different. AGILS is a game changer. It alters the way people innovate and collaborate.

Why and how?

We developed AGILS to help to dig out ideas never otherwise uncovered or even created. AGILS reinvents co-innovation and collaboration by providing an immersive 3D experience embracing diversity and creativity. And it works!

AGILS helps to harness all available brainpower so that even the wildest ideas and suggestions will come to the surface. It helps to go behind the everyday work roles and genuinely pay attention to what is being said, instead of who is saying it. 

AGILS unleashes creative thinking and elevates dialogue. It uses arts to stimulate imagination, make new connections in our neural network, and come up with novel ideas and solutions.

AGILS breaks down barriers, fades out hierarchy and bias providing a level playing field for participants to enjoy democratic innovation and collaboration.

Results can be groundbreaking, AGILS helps you to stay ahead of the game!

AGILS – Co-innovate and collaborate

Step into AGILS Artful Innovation (AI) Gallery. Here you can work with innovation, engagement, strategy and solve problems creatively. AI-Gallery helps to develop new ideas and perspectives on any chosen topic. It can also be used as a peer group tool for support, sharing and learning. AI-Gallery utilizes art as a catalyst for creative thinking.

AGILS and underlying research

AGILS is based on systems thinking, on the understanding of everything being interconnected. We shift from a linear mindset to a circular one. Here a small intervention into a small part of the system can bring about a big change in the whole system due to the interdependence of the parts of the system. 

AGILS co-founder and CEO, PhD Eija Mäkirintala applies systems thinking into behavioural sciences and her coaching method – she wrote the first coaching-related doctoral dissertation in Finland on the subject (University of Helsinki, Finland).

The Self-determination theory by R.M. Ryan and E.D. Deci is central to AGILS with its´s three basic needs of autonomy, competence, and relatedness. Regarding creative thinking, the theories of Theresa M. Amabile and Edward de Bono are utilized. Read also some thoughts on creativity from neuroscience by Gregory Berns here.

AGILS technology includes a patented story engine, which makes AGILS’s structure and user experience unique.

Using AGILS applications requires PC/Windows (Win 7 or later) or Mac OS/X  (10.11.8. or later).

AGILS users have told us:

“Wonderful experience! I realized I had to learn to listen. I couldn’t predict what a person would say because I didn’t know with whom I was talking.”
“Same question, same people – still we got new initiatives and ideas as well as old ones refreshed with AGILS. We fed them immediately in our strategy process.”
“Zoom started to be boring as we have all the time been physically in different places. In AGILS I got a great feeling that we are in the same room together as a team for the first time in our program.”

Comments expressed in peer group settings

Adolescent group: “Idea 10, implementation 9 – can we have this immediately at school.”
Youth and adolescent group: “In the AGILS gallery, I chatted about things I would never have talked in any group, and not even with a therapist.
“I would never have sought help for my alcohol problem via normal appointment or a traditional peer group – this was an interesting new thing.”

Comments expressed in University settings

Graham Welch (Professor, Chair of Music Education, University College London, Institute of Education) states “I like the novelty of the design in that it allows participants to (a) be anonymous and (b) be able to interact as part of the group. This provides a potentially safe space to explore ideas and also relationships. Having a focus on a piece of modern (accessible) art, I.e., something external to the participant individual, is also a great positive as this supports a process of discussion and analysis that should be less emotive than in a normal workplace setting.”
Andy Salmon (Pro Vice Chancellor, Cambridge) states “Our collaboration with AGILS is really fruitful. Their innovative approach does several essential things. First and foremost it asks the key questions in the most active and stimulating ways. Secondly it engages the self as the primary creative unit; this appeals directly to arts, humanities and creative technologists. Lastly, I think the international perspective, particularly the Finnish one, is of real value.