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Orchestrating an Entrepreneurial Discovery Process

In an article published in the European Commission’s 2014, Open Innovation 2.0 Yearbook, authors Markku Markkula and Hank Kune review the entrepreneurial discovery process as an active driver of open innovation ecosystems, and specifically consider what is required for orchestrating the ecosystem as a set of emerging parallel processes. Their arguments are based on the newly published book Orchestrating Regional Innovation Ecosystems: Espoo Innovation Garden, as well as the on-going work of Finland’s Energizing Urban Ecosystems (EUE) research programme. The focus of the article is exploring how orchestration works in practice. They argue that Open Innovation 2.0, entrepreneurial discovery, and societal innovation are key processes in this work, and need to be orchestrated and supported in diverse ways.

Traditional management is often organised around meetings, planning sessions and workshops. However, when meetings, workshops and other events are organised without a support structure for follow-through, the capacity for the effective realisation of plans and decisions is limited. Orchestration is needed to take ideas, proposals and decisions much further. Ecosystem thinking impacts how we think about and organise our renewal activities. Markkula and Kune argue that interactive activities like workshops, innovation camps, and conferences are discovery learning processes – not simply events – and should be orchestrated as many parallel interactive processes extending well beyond the duration of the events themselves. In June 2015 two major activities will be organised in Espoo, Finland, together with the Energizing Urban Ecosystems (EUE) research programme, local government authorities and the European Commission: the 8th ACSI societal learning camp and the 3rd EU Open Innovation 2.0 Conference. Both are concrete examples of ‘events’ framed as entrepreneurial discovery processes, created in parallel and supported by an orchestrated follow-through. Both Camp and Conference are positioned as part of a larger innovation process that began in 2013 and is conceptualized as continuing through 2016 and 2017.

This article describes the larger context of these events-as-process, and the role entrepreneurial discovery, open innovation ecosystems, orchestration, prototyping and experimenting play in co-creative collaborative innovation. It emphasizes the close integration of Camp and Conference, the interdependence and synergetic working of the diverse concepts, and how open innovation and ecosystem thinking require going beyond ‘events’ to support the realization of good ideas in practice. These are crucial concepts for achieving the mental changes Europe needs to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Orchestrating an Entrepreneurial Discovery Process_Markkula & Kune

Innovation Luminary Awards

An event related to the OI2.0 conference is the second annual Innovation Luminary Awards, which will be presented on June 11 2014 at a special gala dinner at Dublin City Hall.

The recipients of this year’s awards will be enrolled into the Innovation Luminary Academy and will have stewardship for the selection of future Innovation Luminaires. The recipient Luminaries have been designated by the Open Innovation 2.0 Conference Steering committee for their extraordinary achievements and their potential to inspire the next generation of innovators worldwide. A pivotal element of Open Innovation 2.0 is innovation adoption. With the existence of role models or exemplars being of particular importance in encouraging innovators to drive the diffusion of their ideas, innovations and solutions to wide scale adoption.

More information about the Luminary awards is available here:


Open Innovation 2.0 Conference 2014: June 12th in Dublin

This year’s Open Innovation 2.0 Conference will take place on June 12 at the Dublin Convention Centre and is jointly organised by the European Commission / Open Innovation Strategy and Policy Group – OISPG, Intel Labs Europe, and Dublin City Council.

Following the success of the inaugural Open Innovation 2.0 Conference (OI2.0), held last year under the Irish Presidency of the EU, this year’s event will bring together high-level decision makers, leading innovation experts and practitioners from across the globe for a whole-day conference devoted to inspiring sessions and interaction on Open Innovation 2.0 business models and ecosystems.

OI2.0 2014 is organised around the concept of short speeches, strong interaction and further development of ideas. Leading innovation thought leaders will present their latest insights; European policy leaders will contribute to the design of the European Innovation ecosystems; and the first feedback from the new European research and innovation framework, Horizon 2020, will be presented.

The inaugural Open Innovation 2.0 Conference held last year under the Irish Presidency of the EU was an outstanding success and resulted in the adoption of The Dublin Innovation Declaration! The conference gathered together high-level decision makers, leading innovation experts and practitioners from across the globe. Together they co-created a document to pave the way for future innovation policies and actions to increase prosperity and wealth, and to create more jobs and growth in Europe. Another milestone during the two-day event was the adoption of the Open Innovation 2.0 paradigm (OI2) formulated in an integrated way and respectively published in a whitepaper. The OI2 paradigm consists of twenty building blocks, which will be thoroughly discussed at this year’s conference.

Confirmed speakers include Henry Chesbrough, Richard Straub, Ronan Stephan, Dan Marom, Jim Jagielski, Stefan Schepers, Martin Curley, and Bror Salmelin.

For more information visit OISPG and follow the event on Twitter: @0I2Dublin2014

The draft conference agenda can be downloaded here: open-innovation-20_programme-20141