Workshop participants can include researchers and/or sustainability experts not directly related to the innovation. To ensure that experts are able to effectively contribute to the discussion during the workshop, it is important to give them clear objectives and include them in different breakout groups.
The role of the experts is to:
- Identify gaps or missing questions, for example, different interpretations of a change or unexpected changes.
- Help participants think outside the box.
- Support discussions about innovation activities and/or related sustainability changes including enabling factors and barriers.
- Provide knowledge and considerations about which sustainability dimensions to include.
It’s important that the contributions of experts is not valued over the contributions of other workshop participants, but seen as complementary.