Open Innovation / Co-Creation

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Open innovation and co-creation involve spurring collaborations with customers, suppliers, independent scientists or inventors, etc. These approaches typically work best when:

  • You have a specific goal or in mind.
  • They are well-promoted, with the help of outside partners.
  • They are sustained over a period of years, not months.
  • There are tangible economic benefits to partners who choose to work with you.

A good place to start is with our research report, "Best Practices: Co-Creation & Ecosystem Development."

Research Report


Co-Creation & Ecosystem Development

Get data from 275 innovation professionals on co-creation and ecosystem development.

Audio & Video Resources

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Building, Scaling & “Unbossing” Innovation at Novartis’ Genesis Labs

Ian Hunt and Aimee Reynolds of Novartis’ Genesis Labs share insights on developing an effective innovation ecosystem that ensures that the best ideas bubble up to the top.

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Tips for Planning & Launching A Winning Program

Jill Longman, Innovation Committee Co-Chair at Med-IQ, covers how to plan and manage the successful launch of an enterprise-wide innovation program. 


Transforming Anthem Blue Cross into an AI-First Enterprise

When asked about the role innovation plays at Anthem Blue Cross, Mariya Filipova said her team helps the insurance provider transform into an “AI-first enterprise.” Watch for more…

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The Secrets to Success at Intuit’s Lean Startup Program

In this episode of One Quick Thing, Bennett Blank shares how Intuit’s Lean Startup program generated $20 million in new revenue.


How Changemakers Innovate Within Government Agencies

Innovators in the public and private sectors face many of the same challenges: There’s resistance to change and internal politics that can bog down progress. However, teams in the government may have tighter budgets that come directly from tax payer dollars. These teams also face demands from both supervisors and ...


Drones, Self-Driving Cars & the Silicon Valley Problem

While drones present a world of opportunities, these unmanned aerial vehicles face regulations across different levels of government. Chris Anderson — CEO of 3DR, a drone software company — shared his experience building and deploying drones at Innovation Leader’s 2019 Impact event. During the conversation, Anderson also discusses use cases ...

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Innovation Essentials: Revera Senior Living

“How can teams use co-creation to innovate?” Innovation Leader’s Kaitlin Milliken discusses how the team at Revera Senior Living navigates this challenge. 


Finding Your Innovation Allies

How can you find innovation allies? We pull insights from our recent Benchmarking Innovation Impact 2020 Report, and head over to the Bose headquarters to find out…


What NASA has Learned about the Power of the Crowd

Crowdsourcing can help your team discover new ideas. Steve Rader of NASA’s Johnson Space Center will discuss his experience with harnessing the power of the crowd. 


Advice on Ecosystem Development & Co-Creation

Andy Michuda of Sopheon, Shannon Lucas of Ericsson, and Michael Britt of Southern company explore best practices for ecosystem development. Get advice here…

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Partnerships at Bayer’s Innovation Center

Dr. Chris Haskell discusses how Bayer partners with startups, academic institutions, and other corporates at the company’s Innovation center.

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Finding the Right Mix of Internal and External Innovation

Rob Martens of security company, Allegion, discussed how his team uses venture capital to balance internal and external innovation. Elliot Parker of venture firm High Alpha also shared his experience.

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Kate O’Keefe on Building an Innovation Bootcamp with Impact

In our "Building Idea Challenges that Work" conference call, Kate O'Keeffe, founder of Cisco's Hyper Innovation Living Lab (CHILL), shares how she built a 48-hour bootcamp with impact.