Diversifying innovation: Inviting civil society on stage

Diversifying innovation: Inviting civil society on stage is an online open course of 8 modules (4-5 weeks) that focuses on why and how to include civil society in innovation. The course is structured around a story of a real QHC (anonymized) and is accompanied by a video storytelling, which opens each module.


The course is open to all who:

  • are interested in cross-sectoral and multi stakeholder innovation
  • relate to the solution of complex challenges
  • are in charge of organizing and building teams
  • want to find out how to successfully manage cooperation across sectors
  • would like to explore QHC in their local networks

In other words, the course is open to “multipliers” among the different sectors of society as:

  • innovation practitioners (researchers, project managers, leaders of initiatives), policy-makers, decision makers and interested civil society representatives

Course content

The course addresses the questions of:

  • What is QHC and why it is important to include civil society in innovation
  • How to identify stakeholders and how to collaborate with them
  • How to reflect on and measure impact of a QHC.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • reflect on the importance and relevance of quadruple helix collaborations (QHC)
  • put in context QHC in innovation by identifying main barriers and opportunities
  • identify tools, methodologies and strategic guidelines that support the design, implementation and evaluation of successful diverse multi stakeholder collaborations

Find the course materials here.