Cluster organizations might be more relevant today than ever. Companies in a rapidly changing world face risks that extend far beyond single-firm risks that cannot be addressed single-handedly. Today, the complex nature of many issues refrains from the (antiquated) rational-solution-to-a-problem-schema. Cluster organizations help companies to co-evolve together and to reduce…

A series of practical guides and explorations on how to build a cluster organization in eight steps. Overview and a brief introduction to the series and how it came to be.

by Wadim Baslow

This is the introduction to a series of articles on cluster development.

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How to build a cluster organization in 8 steps | overview


  1. Understand the cluster —…

How a cluster organization starts matters for the outcomes of its business model. Get the basics right, engage and learn from those in the cluster, and model the activities, services, and business model accordingly.

by Wadim Baslow, Project Manager, Quercus Group

This blogpost supplements Nicolai Rottbøll’s talk at the 5th ECCP capacity building webinar on cluster business models on March, 17th by the European Cluster Collaboration Platform (ECCP).

Developing a model that helps to sustain a cluster and its activities over the long run…

Single-point interventions and the obsession for solutions to interconnected challenges are the problem lover’s pain points. What if we lean more into the messy world of complex problems? — sharing my encounters making sense of them, accepting there will never be enough information and the attempt to work more out in the open, and sharing experiences with others.

by Wadim Baslow (@w_baslow)

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Looking at messy (complex) issues

In spring my colleagues and I authored a study titled “Bangladesh Green Growth Study” for the Danish embassy in Dhaka. Putting a debate about growth and the notion of green growth aside for a moment, the study asked

  • What if Bangladesh’s increasing economic prosperity emerges within…

How might efforts of innovation in human development move beyond logframes and a projectized view towards creating lasting impact? In the quest to define what innovation means in the human development sector, people and communities need to be at the center. Building social capital in humanitarian innovation is important.

Karen Kisakeni Sørensen (Danish Red Cross) & Ditte Amskov (Oxfam Ibis) during a workshop on innovation activities of Danish CSOs; picture by Tine Engedal

“Are you nervous?”, the reporter asks the athlete. “No, I am excited!” is the answer. As an athlete interprets signs of nervousness as excitement. I am nervous. I try to break the ice: “I have sweaty hands, and I act shaky, I am excited to see you!”. It’s 2018. It…

We figured it might well be a good moment to share from who and what we are learning, and from who and what we are inspired. Our inspirations on cluster development, change, transformation & innovation, collaboration and partnership, sustainable business, system thinking, design thinking and more.

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…and then we felt pressed to contribute something meaningful, too.

The global crisis that emerged from the Coronavirus pandemic certainly is an event — changing everyday life and giving rise to actions of a magnitude one would wish as response for the global climate crisis — that might trigger profound…

The World Bank forecasts that an additional 6.3 million ha of palm oil plantations will be required to meet global demand by 2020 and growing. In this context, the continent of Africa offers quite a lot of land where to cultivate palm oil without harming the environment. Quercus-Group, as a strong and knowledgeable partner, is helping this to happen.

FFB aka fresh fruit bunch

Untapped potential of Palm Oil in Ghana

For the last 10 years, palm oil production has developed into an important economic crop for Ghana and contributes a lot to Ghana’s GDP. Ghana has the potential to become Africa’s leading palm oil producer and exporter. …

Open Innovation Days in 4 Indian cities focuses on tackling the issues around solid waste, wastewater and de-pollution of water bodies

The existing condition of the St. Inez Creek in Panaji, Goa

Indian urban population is expected to grow from 410 million in 2014 to 814 million in 2050, thus currently presents various challenges for the cities of India. Quercus Group, along with Climate-KIC, identified specific challenges in 4 Indian cities, shortlisted the relevant technologies and organised site visits and co-creation workshops…

Quercus Group together with partners, visited Kisumu to bring together creativity and resources of the vast array of stakeholders involved in the ‘Kisumu Initiative for Sustainable Livable Settlements’ towards lasting solutions

Kisumu is changing for good, and will not be the same anymore

Half of the population in Kisumu, Kenya live in informal settlements without access to a well-functioning sanitation system and a possibility to dispose of their waste safely.

Arriving to Kisumu the difference to the capital city of Nairobi is apparent. The country’s third largest city greets Quercus Group's team, represented…

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