Seed Pacific is an Australian Government initiative that seeks to leverage private sector investments that tackle development challenges in the Pacific. It will broker and support promising partnerships between global businesses and local organisations to forge new business solutions that generate both commercial and development returns.
A co-creation design process is underway, led by an innovationXchange appointed consortium of leading experts to design and establish a model for Seed Pacific. The consortium includes:
o ThinkPlace – a leading-edge strategic design consultancy that uses community-centred design thinking to devise new approaches to complex development and policy problems;
o IMC Worldwide – a specialist international development firm with deep expertise in innovation challenges, prize funds and private sector development;
o ARUP – an established engineering and international development firm with substantial experience in the Pacific;
o Grameen Foundation – experts in brokering ‘shared value’ partnerships with corporations;
o Institute for the Future – specialists in digitally crowd-sourcing input to designs from key stakeholder groups;
o Engineers Without Borders Australia – a member-based, community organisation that creates social value through engineering; and
o Generation Alliance (Gen.a) – a strategic brand and communications consultancy specialising in business-focused development outcomes.
The consortium is currently engaging with stakeholders across government, civil society and the private sector in the Pacific and internationally to inform the detailed design.
Seed Pacific will commence in mid-2016.