As the CEO of CollaborateUp, Richard works to accelerate collaboration among businesses, governments, and non-profits when they work together to solve big problems. During his career, Richard has worked across the private, public, and civil sectors to co-create high impact solutions to shared problems at lower cost and in less time than traditional approaches. Over the course of his career he has worked with many of the firms in the Fortune 500, the US Department of Defense, the US Agency for International Development, the Inter-American Development Bank, US Chamber of Commerce, and numerous large and small non-governmental organizations.

Seeing firsthand how many public-private partnerships fell short of their goals, Richard developed a co-creation methodology to help organizations collaborate more effectively internally and externally. CollaborateUp uses this approach, the CollaborateUp Formula, to facilitate system-wide convenings and structure co-creative projects for clients. Richard has:

  • A proven track record of engaging stakeholders prior, during, and following Working Group using a variety of methods including in-person interviews, surveys, and social media
  • Leading co-creation initiatives across multiple sectors, including dozens of multi-stakeholder processes to develop non-regulatory, voluntary frameworks for action on numerous issues
  • Co-creating solutions with people and organizations from multiple societies, industries, sectors, levels of economic development, and in both developed and developing countries

Richard serves as a Senior Fellow for the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation, a Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and as an adjunct professor in The George Washington University School of Business where he teaches on public-private partnerships. He is also a featured lecturer on social innovation at Georgetown University and at the Harvard School of Public Health. He serves on several boards for companies and NGOs, including The Corporate Responsibility Association and the Office Depot Foundation. Richard is an alumnus of both The George Washington University and the Harvard Business School.

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