COLLABORATIVE INNOVATION

We call our unique approach "Collaborative Innovation.”
We're using it to solve a range of tough problems like revitalizing economically distressed communities, building values chains for regenerative agriculture, expanding employee ownership, and eliminating harsh toxins from electronics manufacturing.

We can help you solve tough problems too.

WHY IT WORKS

Our Collaborative Innovation approach creates high-trust collaborations that produce results fast.
 

It is particularly effective because our approach:

  • Creates the conditions for genuine trust among participants

  • Builds buy-in from the outset 

  • Engages “high influence” stakeholders from across the system

  • Analyzes the whole system and the dynamics within it comprehensively AND efficiently

  • Harnesses the lived experience and resources of all stakeholders to develop creative, self-sustaining initiatives

  • Facilitates fast, high quality learning about the issues

  • Leverages competing values as sources of deeper engagement and innovation

  • Encourages rapid prototyping, testing, and iterating get solutions to get them to market quickly and scale them up

  • Attracts other key influencers to the work

 

Solving tough problems with others is so addictive that our networks often start looking for even bigger problems to solve!

PARTICIPANTS

Over 300 organizations have participated in our Collaborative Innovation Networks and Collaborative Strategy Sessions. Here are some examples of our participants, funders, and partners:

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HOW WE WORK

We design and facilitate innovation networks that work on solving complex challenges in industries, sectors or communities.

 

Our Collaborative Innovation approach works when:

  • The challenge is complex and systemic in nature and no one person has a significant view on the whole problem

  • Stakeholders have highly divergent worldviews and frames for defining the problem

  • The factors influencing the problem and the resources and ideas needed to solve it are dynamic and shifting over time

  • Attempts to convene conventional stakeholder groups have failed to produce rapid and aligned action

 
Services

Network design & development | Funding strategy | Process design | Facilitation

Format

Our networks are typically comprised of 40-50 key stakeholders and last from 2-10 years, depending on the complexity and scale of the challenge.

Got a tough problem to solve, or a big vision to realize? We're happy to chat. We can provide support, connections and ideas whether you hire us or not. Just send us a note below.

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Washington, DC 20012

+1-202-525-6070

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