Events

Learn more about Hidden Insights® through one of our events, which we usually run in partnership with other organisations.  These are publicised here and through our newsletter, so sign up to our “news in your in-box”.

Our workshops are interactive and engaging, with “real world” examples and plenty of takeaways in the form of examples, good questions to ask and practical facilitation tips. Scroll down for examples of recent workshops.

We have run workshops for the Department of Health board, the Home Office, the National College of School Leadership/Virtual Staff College, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, Oxford Brookes University, Cambridgeshire County Council, NHS Institute and the European Organisational Design Forum among others.

We consistently get a positive reaction.

Forthcoming Events


We have a number of events in the planning stage which will appear here when they are more developed.


Save the Date

Tuesday 1st and Wednesday 2nd November 2016, Copenhagen – Global PD Conference.  More details to come later.


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See below for some examples of past events, and supporting resources.

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Arvind Singhal Positive Deviance workshop and unconference, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, April 23rd and 24th 2015

Hosted by Hidden Insights at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, this workshop was led by Professor Arvind Singhal, Director of the Social Justice Initiative at the University of Texas at El Paso, and Fellow of the Clinton School of Public Administration.  Over 60 participants from around the world enjoyed a highly entertaining and interactive walk through the positive deviance approach, with new case studies and complementary research.

These were presented by:

  • Professor Andrej Findor, Comenius University, Bratislava – positive examples of helping the Roma community in Slovakia
  • Lars Thuesen and Mark Munger – who showed the impact of the positive deviance work in prisons in Denmark, which reduced violence and absenteeism significantly
  • Jane Lewis – with examples of how PD has been adapted to deliver great outcomes for young and troubled parents in the UK.
  • Professor Yoko Kawamura from Kumamoto University – whose research identified how positive deviance revealed better ways of treating cancer patients.
  • Dr Martine Bouman and Dr Sarah Lubjuhn of the Centre for Media and Health in Gouda, who highlighted teacher/carer micro-behaviours that made a significant difference to outcomes for young immigrants with mental health problems.
  • Chris Eldridge, Yunus Center, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand – integrating people back into society
  • Nobuyuki Ota, Valeocon, Japan – how PD practices improved sales of medical equipment by 80%
  • Dr Graham Lister, visiting professor at South Bank University, London – measuring and valuing wellbeing as an outcome/ROI of behaviour change programmes
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NHS Elect Conference, November 2014

Jane Lewis presented the Hidden Insights approach to an audience of NHS trainers and managers.  She explained how Hidden Insights can address and get ownership of public health issues and showcased the US pdf download pdf file.  She shared a platform with Neil Mullarkey, who instantly “got” the connection between Hidden Insights and his specialism of improv.

With Hidden Insights, you work with what and who you have to uncover hidden successes, in the moment, using a flexible approach to broaden and build on the feedback from your working group to help them discover what works for them.  Once found, these hidden successful practices can open up confidence to tackle significant change.

Improv itself was also used in the MRSA case study – hospital staff improvised scenarios about doctor, staff and patient behaviour to mirror the problems and help people to confront them.