For every challenge there is a solution, and in these uncertain times, social innovators are making an impact and facing COVID-19 head on. HappyTap, a portable handwashing solution supported by the TRANSFORM initiative, is one such example, having recently launched its product in Bangladesh.
These social enterprises in Bangladesh, supported by the TRANSFORM initiative using the Exago solution, are combining local knowledge and experience working together with others to create much-needed solutions to the current COVID-19 crisis.
Seeing innovation as a leverage for change, the Brazilian Fleury Group currently has 2,500 stakeholders involved in its innovation efforts. They have shared almost 3,000 ideas, of which close to a third have been implemented, generating 4.3 million reais of aggregated value in the last two years alone (approximately 900,000 euros).
To help scale bold ideas to tackle the world’s big social, environmental and economic issues, the Unilever partnership with the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) is now calling on social enterprises to apply to TRANSFORM. To invite ideas and promote collaboration to further catalyse impact, they have chosen Exago’s open innovation software.
In partnership with the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), Unilever is expanding its commitment to support social enterprises through the joint initiative TRANSFORM. To invite ideas and collaboration to further catalyse impact, they have chosen Exago’s open innovation software.
When targeting participants for your open innovation programme, consider suppliers, customers and universities. Yet, don’t forget your most valuable asset.
As we’ve seen before, you’ll have to create audience-centric content to capture your open innovation audience. But, you should consider to locate suitable community places, as well as aligning your communication messages with your targets, places, channels and value pools. Your communication plan needs to include key timing, targets, formats and messages – to meet programme objectives.
Giving you easy access to new sources of innovation, open innovation practices allow you to ask different questions of different communities.
From talent spotting through to technology scouting and the development of special connections with main stakeholders, the benefits of open innovation are many, no matter the type of industry or how big or small your organisation.