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Introduction to the EDF Innovation Exchange

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This presentation was used in a session at the EDF Corporate Partnerships retreat in June to discuss the approach proposed for the Innovation Exchange.

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Introduction to the EDF Innovation Exchange

  1. 1. Introduction to the Innovation Exchange
  2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>Mission Statement </li></ul><ul><li>Caveat </li></ul><ul><li>Tools </li></ul><ul><li>Approaches </li></ul><ul><li>A look back </li></ul><ul><li>Precepts (I & II) </li></ul><ul><li>Core assets </li></ul>
  3. 3. Mission Statement Facilitate rapid and widespread adoption of environmental innovation in business
  4. 4. Caveat <ul><li>… when a firm embarks on a major new project, the people involved don’t actually know how they are going to do it …  The result, in a successful firm, is a continual swirl of problem-solving activity and ever shifting interactions between the problem solvers… </li></ul><ul><li>Duncan Watts </li></ul><ul><li>Six Degrees </li></ul>
  5. 5. Tools <ul><li>Content – what we know & are doing blog, website, delicious, reports, data sets, videos, slide decks, talks, op-eds </li></ul><ul><li>Networks – who we know and work with meetings & speaking (virtual and face-to-face), social networking, commenting, coffees & lunches </li></ul><ul><li>Infrastructure – the data, software, channels, we and others use patents, standards, platforms, media outlets, data, software </li></ul>
  6. 7. Ecosystem Programs People Infra-structure Networks Content Tools Approach
  7. 8. Personal Networks <ul><li>Increase the influence of every person in CPP </li></ul><ul><li>Capture more of your knowledge for re-use </li></ul><ul><li>Expand your network of contacts to make you and them smarter </li></ul>
  8. 9. Program/Partnership Impact <ul><li>Replicate and extend the impact of CPP programs and partnerships </li></ul><ul><li>Work with program teams to package products for re-use </li></ul><ul><li>Identify important channels of distribution and communication </li></ul><ul><li>Find, build, and influence critical communities of practice </li></ul>
  9. 10. Strengthening the Environmental Innovation Ecosystem <ul><li>Move beyond partnerships to increase impact of all environmental innovation efforts </li></ul><ul><li>Identify a small, manageable, impactful set of interventions. E.g., </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Strengthening environment innovation networks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Patent commons </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Standards standardization </li></ul></ul>
  10. 11. Original IX vision <ul><li>“To create the most widely recognized source for information on substantive actions companies can take to reduce their environmental footprint; and </li></ul><ul><li>To engage the majority of Fortune 1000 firms in taking those steps, sharing the results and creating the next generation of environmental best practices.” </li></ul>
  11. 12. Environmental Innovation Institute Leveraging External Innovations Driving Internal Innovations Resources Resources Tools Training Tools Training Web-based Printed Web-based Printed Regional Industry-specific Web-based Web-based Buyer training Academic Partners Consultant Partners
  12. 13. Environmental Innovation Institute Leveraging External Innovations Driving Internal Innovations Resources Resources Tools Training Tools Training Web-based Printed Web-based Printed Regional Industry-specific Web-based Web-based Buyer training Academic Partners Consultant Partners
  13. 14. Precepts I <ul><li>Be open </li></ul>
  14. 16. Precepts I <ul><li>Be open </li></ul><ul><li>Share </li></ul>
  15. 18. Precepts I <ul><li>Be open </li></ul><ul><li>Share </li></ul><ul><li>Network </li></ul><ul><li>Participate </li></ul><ul><li>Join the conversation </li></ul>
  16. 19. … the way in which problems come to be identified and clarified to the point where a solution can be developed is through a process of conversation among people and organizations with different backgrounds and perspectives. Sometimes the process literally is a conversation; more often, conversation is a useful metaphor for the interactions that actually occur. Innovation , p. 49 Lester & Piore
  17. 20. Precepts I <ul><li>Be open </li></ul><ul><li>Share </li></ul><ul><li>Network </li></ul><ul><li>Participate </li></ul><ul><li>Join the conversation </li></ul><ul><li>Partner widely </li></ul>
  18. 22. Precepts II <ul><li>Trust (assume risk) </li></ul><ul><li>Start small </li></ul><ul><li>Publish then filter </li></ul><ul><li>Always in beta </li></ul><ul><li>Be patient </li></ul>
  19. 23. Introduction to the Innovation Exchange
  20. 24. Core Assets <ul><li>CPP Contact list </li></ul><ul><li>IX blog </li></ul><ul><li>IX website </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter account </li></ul><ul><li>Bookmarks and references </li></ul><ul><li>Targeted network memberships (e.g., 2degrees, CERES, justmeans) </li></ul>
  21. 26. Innovation Exchange blog EDF website Innovation Exchange website

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