Games & Tools

Games and tools developed by REIS members for outreach and collaborative activities with companies and communities.

THE HALL OF FAME & THE ICE CREAM BUSINESS MODEL by Ukeje Agwu, Samira Sahebalzamani and Tahrir Jaber

The theme for Forskningsdagene in 2019 was The Environment. As the focus of REIS research group is on sustainability, we decided to contribute to this using some input from out research, experience and knowledge. 3 PhDs from the research group took on the task of arranging our work for Forskningsdagene. Over two days, we were assisted by Master students from HHT as well as Heidi Hemmingsen from administration. Our idea was to provide our target audience with introductory knowledge and skills on how to set up a sustainable business model.

For the first day our target audience were lower high school pupils (ungdomskole) in groups of 3 – 5. We explained the idea of a sustainable enterprise to them, and explained the different parts of the Business Model Canvas in simple terms for them to fully understand. We asked them for ideas of environmentally friendly businesses that they would like to run and gave them guidance on how to fill in the business model canvas. Most students were able to fill in the sections with little guidance after the initial explanation. We encouraged them to brainstorm amongst themselves, giving tips along the way. We made it important for them to know that this was an ideation phase, and in line with this, there are no bad ideas, so they should not focus on logic or feasibility. The pupils were able to give ideas ranging from wild and wacky to well detailed and viable. We picked a range of well completed Canvases and placed them on a whiteboard as entrants into the “Hall of Fame”.

For the second day, our target audience were preschool (barnehage) and primary school kids. To explain the idea of a sustainable enterprise to them, we used stickers to represent different sections of the business model canvas for a typical organic and environmentally friendly ice cream shop. We explained this to the kids and their parents and guided the kids on how and where to place the stickers and the reasoning behind why each sticker should be placed in a specific section.


MR WOLF WORKSHOP METHODOLOGY by Giovanna Bertella, Sara Lupini, Cecilia Rossi Romanelli, Xavier Font

In autumn 2020, we arranged a series of workshops in collaboration with Tromsø Kommune, Visit Tromsø, Tromsø Sentrum AS, Næringsforeningen and Flow Coworking.

Applying the core principles of Design Thinking and the Theory of Change and adopting business model tools, the participants engaged in various activities aiming to eaborate a shared vision for a more sustainable Tromsø, identify long- and short-term goals and activities, and start developing a plan for the coming months. Read more about the Mr Wolf methodology: Faculty's blog, Annals of Tourism Research.



In close collaboration with Polar Permaculture Solutions, we arranged a workshop  focused on the challenges and opportunities of food production on Svalbard. The workshop was one of the outreach activities of the company as member of the EU funded Food-e project, and an extracurricular activity for bachelor students enrolled in the BED-1009 Innovation course. Central frameworks from the sustainable business models literature where applied to elaborate posters and stimulate discussions among the participants.