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Applying Open Innovation to NGOs, Government & Non-Profits | UC Berkeley Executive Education

Applying Open Innovation to NGOs, Government & Non-Profits | UC Berkeley Executive Education


>>Interviewer:
Does open innovation apply just to corporate business models, or can other institutions,
like NGOs, government, international, even public sector adopt some of the principles
of open innovation?>>Dr. Chesbrough:
My answer is yes, they can. I wrote a chapter in the most recent book,
“New Frontiers in Open Innovation,” with a colleague from Italy. We wrote specifically on nonprofit organizations
using open innovation. We looked at examples from Emergency, which
is an Italian nonprofit that does work in conflict zones. We also looked at a Ashoka, which is group
of entrepreneurs doing great work stimulating entrepreneurs in many developing economies. We looked at the city of Birmingham, England,
and how they were using open innovation in the provision of social services. Those are some case examples. We talked earlier about living labs and what’s
being done there. We have a project going on right now with
something called smart villages in India where we’re actually exploring trying to bring these
concepts from cities of millions of people down to villages of maybe 10,000 to see which
of these concepts can work effectively even in a rural seemingly isolated village setting. Not everything translates immediately. There do have to be adaptations, but we think
we are far enough along that we can say that there’s definitely going to be some benefit
from thinking in these more open ways even in these settings as well.

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