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

We can help you solve tough problems too.

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Our approach creates high-trust collaborations that produce results fast and drive systemic change.

Collaborative Innovation is particularly effective because it:

  • 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!


Over 500 organizations have participated in our Collaborative Innovation Networks and Collaborative Strategy processes. Here are some examples of our participants, funders, and partners:


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


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


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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