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Collaborative Innovation Essentials

Monday, September 9, 10:00 AM - 5 PM EST

Tuesday, September 10, 8:30 AM - 5 PM EST

Wednesday, September 11, 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM EST

HOST: Ashoka
1700 N Moore St, Suite 2000
Arlington, VA 22209


This is our intensive introduction to the collaborative innovation methodology, covering critical success factors, key dynamics, and the essential tools used to build alignment and progress toward audacious goals. In this hands-on course, you'll learn the core Collaborative Innovation methods that have driven powerful changes in industries and communities around the world. Centered around your own initiative or a challenge that you care about, you'll apply these methods in real time, making progress on your project while building your capacity to lead collaborative change.


During this course, you'll work with a group of five other participants and a coach from our team to deepen your learning alongside other change leaders working on challenges in social justice, shared prosperity, and sustainability. During the evening meal, we'll share more stories and learning with one another about how to lead the change that our world needs. Building a network of dynamic leaders from across sectors to support your work over time is just one of the many benefits of participation in our programs.


To register for a different date, visit our Courses page.


Session inputs: None required


Registration cost: $950/$1,750 per person

(Need financial support to attend? Get in touch with us)


Course length: 2.5 days

Trainers: Russ Gaskin, Heather Equinoss

Benefits of this Course:

The Collaborative Innovation Essentials course will support you to:

  1. Design and lead multi-stakeholder collaborations fueled by real alignment, engagement and momentum

  2. Lead more confidently through the fear and uncertainty of leading complex change across ideological and cultural boundaries

  3. Help groups navigate the confusion and polarization that shows up when engaging diverse constituents

  4. Achieve powerful outcomes that could not be achieved by individual participants in the network

You will leave this workshop with increased effectiveness and skill in:


  • Establishing the conditions for powerful collaboration

  • Building deep, genuine trust among stakeholders

  • Aligning diverse interests around a powerful shared goal

  • Mapping a shared understanding of system dynamics

  • Helping stakeholders develop real empathy for everyone affected by the work

  • Identifying the critical shifts that need to happen in order to realize your goal

  • Developing a powerful set of ideas, building them into working prototypes and testing them in the real world

  • Scaling up the work and the impact

  • Building a shared learning environment

Please note: Refunds will only be issued for up to 7 days before the workshop. Please contact us below to request a refund.

Got a tough problem to solve, or a big vision to realize? Register now to get the tools, frameworks, and skills you need to lead complex change.
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