Capacity Building and Training
Cultivating the skills to transform ideas into impact
Traditional approaches to innovation emphasize the “lone innovator” and insulated teams working to deliver a new product or process. But individuals and groups working to tackle complex challenges and transform development models need an entirely new approach to innovation; one that leverages diverse resources, ideas, and opportunities. For GKI, the answer lies in “Collaborative Innovation.” We understand that changemakers must work with partners across organizations, sectors, and cultures to unleash the full impact of their ideas.
GKI believes that the skills needed to innovate collaboratively are learnable, yet often not addressed in typical strategy development and training settings. Through our Collaborative Innovation Capacity Building program, GKI addresses this gap. We enable individuals and organizations to develop strategies, build critical skills, and apply tools to infuse effective collaboration at every stage of innovation, from idea to impact. We do this through interactive workshops, trainings, and coaching. We serve a multi-sectoral audience spanning entrepreneurs, nonprofits, private sector companies, researchers, and policymakers. Since 2009, we have worked with individuals, institutions, and networks in more than 60 countries, across the innovation continuum from sensing needs, to creating high-impact solutions, to accelerating impact.
Capacity Building and Training Initiatives
- Improving Innovation Decision Making
- Unleashing the Ability of Changemakers to Tackle Complex Development Challenges
- Innovating to Curb Food Loss in Africa
- Training Global Leaders in the Art of Facilitating Networks
- Building a Critical Mass of Innovation Systems Leaders in East Africa
- Boosting Community Engagement for Problem Solving in Malaysia
- Training Business-Savvy Innovators in East Africa
- Training US Researchers to Pitch Ideas and Build Global Problem-Solving Networks
Transformational Innovations Needed to Reduce Post Harvest Food Loss–A Bellagio Convening After Action Report
Insights and innovations sourced through a dynamic, facilitated experience designed by GKI to explore how various innovations might enable a new future for reduced post harvest loss
GKI’s Improved Innovation Decision Making Toolset [Abridged Editiobalknowledgeinitiative.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/GKI-Improved-Innovation-Dec-Making-Toolset_Abridged.pdfn]
Combining GKI’s best in class tools for creative thinking with those for systems thinking, the Improved Innovation Decision Making toolset helps practitioners learn how to develop and apply an Innovation Mindset to tackling complex challenges in any sector
LINK Round IV Facilitator Training After Action Report (PDF)
Training facilitators to leverage collaborative innovation on the African continent
GKI’s Collaborative Innovation Model
GKI’s collaborative innovation capacity building in action: our model and how we work.
Michigan State University After-Action Report (PDF)
MSU Academy for Global Engagement GKI-Designed Pitchfest & Network Bootcamp After Action Report