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In the realm of Open Innovation, a possible shared linkage between superpowers China, India, and the United States is now a reality. Chinese representatives are looking to collaborate with the Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation to create a powerful partnership and spread economic growth.

“Comb+ Technologies is trying to bring in different innovators to help stimulate the Chinese economy with entrepreneurial and startup ideas.” -Professor Solomon Darwin

Professor Solomon Darwin, a leader and educator of Open Innovation, met with representatives of the United Nations Office for Project Services*, President Leo Zhu of Beijing-based company Comb+, and Zheng Zhou, Chairman of Skyocean (an investment holding company). They discussed how technological advancement and Open Innovation would benefit Chinese companies as well as their need for collaboration to communicate these concepts more directly to head executives.

“The premise of our discussion was the collaboration between China and the US,  focusing on implementing our executive programs in China.” -Professor Solomon Darwin

Professor Darwin explained how the Garwood Center has established the Berkeley Innovation Forum, The World Open Innovation Conference, Chief Innovation Officer’s Roundtables, and programs for students –  which are all dedicated to spreading new and innovative ideas that help companies become more advanced in their development.  In addition, the Executive Management Program has been extended overseas in India to accelerate their growth. Through this program, Indian executives learn about key Open Innovation concepts and what a successful business model looks like.

Professor Darwin offered to instill this accelerated growth program in China next year so Chinese executives can learn from Open Innovation and stimulate growth. In turn, we can learn about their innovative ideas and spread the wealth of Open Innovation. The representatives from China eagerly agreed to work side-by-side with the Garwood Center and Professor Solomon Darwin personally, as they want him to bring in Indian executives to foster an open-learning environment and gain new ideas. Hopefully, by the end of next year we will have a triple partnership which will link three giant entities together to share ideas about Open Innovation: The United States, India, and China. Only time will tell. Stay tuned!

*The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is an operational arm of the United Nations which supports partnerships’ peace building and developmental projects around the world.



By Lorja Fogel