Authors: Sara Lupini and Giovanna Bertella
Affiliation: UIT - The Arctic University of Norway
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Sustainable Transformations (STs) are large-scale shifts towards sustainability. Central for such shifts are knowledge co-creation and sharing, collaboration and innovation. In their attempt to respond to the COVID-19 crisis, tourism destinations, viewed as complex socio-ecological systems, have now the opportunity to undergo STs. However, there is a lack of tools and methods that can assist tourism stakeholders, in particular companies and destination management organizations, in their attempts to move towards sustainability. The purpose of our study is to discuss possible tools and methods. This study reports our experience in developing and testing practical tools and methods aimed at promoting active participation, stimulating collaboration and fostering innovative thinking among destination’ stakeholders. Our study relies on central ideas from practice-and design-based learning theories, Theory of Change, Design Thinking and Sustainable Business Models. It includes a series of three workshops promoted by the local Destination Management Organization (fall 2020) and two students-enterprises workshops (fall 2020, fall 2021). Data were collected through participant observations, field notes, and final oral and written evaluations by and with the participants. The data were analyzed identifying critical aspects regarding the participants’ satisfaction with the workshops, possible improvements and perceived learning outputs, in general and in relation to sustainability. Our study’s approach has resulted to have both potentials and challenges. We argue that there is an urgent need for participatory creative methods, and our study is a contribution to development of a toolkit of such methods that can be used by scholars and practitioners interested in promoting STs of tourism destinations through innovation.