Co-creating solutions. Welcome to the era of collaboration  

In a world defined by rapid change, the need for innovative solutions to social and environmental challenges has become more complex, market systems have become interconnected and public policy and industry norms are not changing as fast as it is needed.

Here is where the idea of co-creating solutions and collaboration pops up, we are moving from a traditional competitive world to a cooperative and collaborative world to be able to find effective and innovative solutions for the problems or challenges.

Cooperation is the trend nowadays, we start with co-working spaces where people can share their ideas, being The impact hub Madrid a perfect example of this spirit of cooperation and co-creation of solutions. Impact Hub offers a unique ecosystem of resources, inspiration, and collaboration opportunities to grow the positive impact of your work.

Showing that co-creating ideas and cooperating with other people can be the perfect combination to reach our goals, help the society, have a meaningful project and why not have a good time while doing it.

Co-creating solutions a revolutionary way of thinking where we are evolving the mindsets of the people, companies and organisations in general, thus here is where the social entrepreneurs appear.

What distinguishes entrepreneurs from everyone else is that their job is to change the overall patterns and systems of society. Can there be anything more impactful than a global team of the world’s best entrepreneurs who develop a strategy to tip the world toward a better future?

Social entrepreneurs are the main defenders and the soul of the idea of co-creating solutions and cooperation.

That is the good thing about co-creating solutions you just have to put your small idea within other people and you could or not become bigger with the ideas of other entrepreneurs but that is the beautiful thing about that.

A perfect example can be the founders of ClickMedix and DC Greens that combined forces and launched an innovative project based on a mobile app and digital platform that allows low-income, Washington, DC residents to redeem vouchers prescribed by doctors for fruits and vegetables at local farmers’ markets. As they say in an Ashoka´s article in Forbes “This is a tale of the power of collaboration – of what happens when two smart, passionate and committed women who are trying to change the world around health access get real and unguarded about their business challenges and build together in the spirit of community and sisterhood”.

Besides, co-creating solutions are not only for social entrepreneurs but also can be a very good method for companies or organisations among others to become successful and contribute with the world and with others at the same time that they go for their own objectives.

Another co-creating solution project is:

“I-nnovate for Tomorrow”: Co-creating Solutions together with the Sudanese Children

UNICEF Sudan together with UNICEF’s Child Protection and Education sections organised a national youth workshop called “I-nnovate for Tomorrow” in which young people are tasks to help design recreational kits that suit children’s needs in Child-Friendly Spaces (CFS).

But one of my favourites examples is the collaboration between the so-called competitors: Harvard and MIT creating the edX. Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have signed an agreement to create EDX, a non-profit organisation that aims to offer free online courses, adapted from traditional courses to anyone with an Internet connection. edX is designed not only to build an online global community of students but also to investigate new learning methods and technologies

I can be naming examples the whole day but I think the idea is crystal clear: co-creating solutions and collaborating is the new trend and the new solution to challenges.

At the end co-creating solutions is an effective way of facing the new challenges that we have nowadays, the new era of cooperation needs solutions to fulfil these new expectations and social entrepreneurs collaborating with companies can be the ones in charge of continuing and leading this. Collaboration does not need to be an enemy of innovation, speed or profitability.

As Ashoka said “The parallel efforts of hundreds of entrepreneurs, civil sector organisations, businesses and other stakeholders can be joined and multiplied without impeding the work of any individual actor. Indeed, in a world whose problems escalate every day, there may be no other solution”

PS: Check also the wonderful collaboration between Corporación Sanitaria Parc Taulí de Sabadell + BVentura  or Kalundborg Symbiosis: A cooperative circuit for recycling and reuse of industrial waste

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