Tangible results at CHAP Innovation Collaboration Day
The concept of collaboration beyond its dictionary meaning is a fairly new one for me. Prior to starting my current job, I must admit my mind never dwelled on the importance of collaboration and the benefits it can bring us, beyond bringing two great things together and creating an unexpected outcome.
However now, so much of the work we do at 100%Open is focused around getting the ‘suits’ to collaborate with the ‘sneakers’ – a term we believe encapsulates what we aim to achieve through Open Innovation.
The aim of this project with CHAP was to use the one day workshop to forge inter-organisational collaborations, around the themes of integrated pest management, soil health, digital agronomy and controlled environment agriculture.
The programme was split into three stages, explore, extract and exploit.
Now as I mentioned before this is all relatively new to me: prior to the workshop it seemed to me that the only way to get a range of specialists in crop health and agriculture together in a room and end up with them walking away with viable projects to take forward would be by waving a magic wand and hoping for the best.
However, fortunately I was proven wrong, and I think one learning I will take from this project is to be less sceptical.
It is clear to see why so many people have faith in this process because it repeatedly produces tangible results. Not only did the delegates form collaborations with individuals from organisations very different to their own, but they then also pitched these ideas and created action plans for applying for funding and creating ongoing working partnerships.