We'll show you how to bring people together to address your toughest problems using our proven approach.
We all face tough, complex problems in our industries and communities. Some of those problems are so complex and multifaceted that we can't solve them alone.
Yet many of our best efforts to bring people together to solve these problems have yielded disappointing results. People can't seem to agree on the problem, and often self-appointed "leaders" push their favored solutions and pressure others to buy in. These efforts not only fail to address the real problem, they often foster even more resistance, cynicism, and loss of hope.
For over a decade, we have developed, tested, and refined an approach to complex systems change that we call "Collaborative Innovation." This engaging and dynamic approach to leading complex change has driven massive transformation in industries and communities around the world. We're now offering our training to other consultancies and movement leaders to advance sustainability and shared prosperity across a spectrum of challenges.
Whether you play a leadership role in a major corporation, small business, community organization, government agency, nonprofit, or industry association, we'll help you learn a better way to solve your biggest challenges and create real impact.
Sign up for our workshops if you are:
A collective impact leader whose initiative is stuck or not achieving the speed and impact you believe is possible.
A corporate leader who's working on sustainability and equity challenges that impact your entire industry, not just your own company.
A non-profit director who is working on a social issue so complex and multifaceted that no single institution can address it alone.
A community leader who is fed up with inaction on a critical community issue, yet you know that it can only be solved for good if multiple parties come to the table.
A consultant who wants to strengthen your ability to help diverse groups of stakeholders solve complex problems together.
A social entrepreneur who knows that there is no silver bullet solution to the challenge you're working to address, and you need more people to contribute ideas, resources, and perspective to the work.
No matter your role, we'll give you the practical concepts, tools, and skills you need to help people who don't know each other and may not even trust each other collaborate authentically and rapidly to solve their toughest, most intractable challenges.
After completing our series of trainings, you'll have the tools, frameworks, and skills to lead a collaborative innovation process that aligns diverse stakeholders to achieve audacious goals.
In our hands-on training programs, you will:
Enhance your leadership skills to work with complexity, uncertainty, and challenges that don’t yet have solutions
Design audacious goals so stakeholders are thinking and acting in big ways
Build strong collaborative partnerships that are aligned around a powerful shared intent
Get the right people in the room, ready to think and act at speed and scale
Flip tensions and personality clashes that undermine collaboration into sources of innovation and deeper engagement
Facilitate collaborative engagements that build momentum and energy
Empower all participants to bring their best thinking and to take real ownership, not just buy in
Develop a clear shared understanding of barriers, opportunities, and emerging forces acting on the system and to people in the system
Quickly identify leverage points and prototype innovative solutions for change
Design evaluation and adaptation strategies to new learning that inspire participants rather than disengage them
All of our training programs are designed to deliver real-world impact. We'll equip you with tools you can apply immediately to leading change more powerfully in yourself, your team, your community, and the world.
Because real-world impact is our intent, in each of our trainings we:
Ground all the learning in each participant’s real-world challenges, using real situations and real data as much as possible so that the learning is grounded, relevant, and immediately applicable;
Make the training as experiential as possible, combining short briefings on a concept or tool with applied exercises and shared reflection on the learning;
Offer pre-workshop and post-workshop coaching to maximize learning and uptake after the session;
Immerse all participants in a deeply collaborative learning environment that builds trust and an ongoing community of change leaders who support each other through shared experience.
We also provide a complete manual, templates, and tools for each workshop, so you have what you need to lead real collaboration once you complete our training.
WHAT OTHERS SAY
"As a participant of the Collaborative Innovation Essentials training, for the first time in my career I felt held step by step through the whole arc of the birth and establishment of a network. The facilitation was light and yet very structured, and it created a genuine collaborative experience that mimicked the collaborative designs we want to manifest in the world."
– Marta Ceroni, Director of Programs, Academy for Systems Change
“I’ve participated in a number of multi-stakeholder meetings on sustainable agriculture issues led by [X] and others like them, but honestly we’ve accomplished more the last day and a half than we did in six months of those meetings. I’m astonished at what we’ve done since just yesterday.”
– Kellee James, CEO, Mercaris
“Simply the best session I've ever attended, hands down.”
– Session Attendee, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
“What you’re doing here is the first effort I’ve seen to really deal with the whole system. Everyone is so focused on their end of the supply chain, that no one can see the big systemic problems. The process we’re doing with you is exactly what we need to really change the whole system.“
– Errol Schweizer, Head of Global Grocery, Whole Foods
“I’ve been doing professional development workshops for 20-plus years. This one stands out. It’s not too much to say that it’s already changed my perspective forever.”
– Session Attendee, UN Development Program
“I should have learnt this 5 years ago. I feel like we wasted a lot of time and energy without this.”
– Session Attendee, New Zealand Institute of Management
"Russ Gaskin and his team at CoCreative Consulting are a dream to work with. They help you figure out, and accomplish, what seems impossibly tangled and unmanageable. I’ve been in the fields of corporate responsibility, progressive economic development, and social investing for a quarter century now, and I’ve worked with and met a lot of consultants. CoCreative is, hands down, the absolute best at creating large-scale system change."
– Marjorie Kelly, Executive Vice President, Democracy Collaborative