Forget Networking. Welcome to the “Connectors”.
We all know people like them, people who seem to know everyone. They're always able to help -- or if they can't, they know someone who can. And they're interested in everything. They help bring the pieces together. (1)
It has never been easy to “classify” InterInnov into the usual standards of the consulting business. We now know that we are “Connectors”. Indeed we help our customers connect with relevant partners in the broad world of research and innovation, in Europe and beyond.
Some examples of our work as Connectors:
- We are responsible for “stakeholders engagement” in the Infinity Project;
- We manage external relations and international cooperation activities for the Future Internet Research and Experimentation (FIRE) initiative;
- We supported a French start-up find and engage with Dutch partners on a common project.
More information on these actions and others can be found in the Reference section.
Now see for yourself how we DRIVE.
(1) This paragraph is slightly adapted from an article from Entrepreneur Magazine entitled “Forget Networking. How to be a Connector” [http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/222707]. The article explains that the idea of the connectors is originally from Malcolm Gladwell's The Tipping Point, who writes “sprinkled among every walk of life… are a handful of people with a truly extraordinary knack of making friends and acquaintances. They are Connectors.” And the article goes on: “Gladwell describes them as having an ability to span many different worlds, subcultures and niches. Traits such as energy, insatiable curiosity and a willingness to take chances seem to be the common thread among connectors -- as well as an insistence that connecting is not the same as networking. ‘Networking I see as a means to an end,’ says Jill Leiderman, executive producer of the late-night show Jimmy Kimmel Live. But connecting, she explains, is about using a genuine love of meeting people and making friends to engage and assist one another.”