Eidos is pioneering diversity of thought and an evidence-rich way of addressing complex problems by shared intelligence and collaborative incubation of new ideas, with the aim of turning these into practical solutions. Eidos creates the space for imaginative problem-solving through the diverse ideas of ‘the crowd’ in a 3 step process of Conversations, Challenges and Connections. This approach aims to clearly define the problem, stimulate wide-ranging engagement, and actively seek out and test solutions.

The Eidos Institute, a social enterprise, is a network of partners dedicated to turning ideas into practical action to solve difficult social and economic problems.  

Eidos seeks to change the way Australia’s important social and economic challenges are solved. It works by using shared intelligence, research and collaborative problem-solving, an antidote to popularist slogans and simplistic answers.   

When issues are complex and intractable, conventional measures are unlikely to work. It is time for fresh and unusual perspectives, tapping into the ideas of diverse people and organisations, who rarely connect with each other. Eidos links public and private sector researchers, policy-makers, social entrepreneurs, universities, not-for-profits, businesses, impact investors, practitioners and influential leaders.  

Eidos is the place that makes these connections, and combines these diverse sources of knowledge, research, evidence and insights in imaginative ways and incubates them for practical action.   

Since its inception formally in 2004, the Eidos Institute (Eidos) has engaged its partners in collaborative research and problem-solving that draws on Eidos’ network of thought leaders. Initially, the focus was on universities and senior government departments around Australia and contributing to better public policy making.  

Alert to new entrants into the ‘open sourcing’ of policy advice and to online and social media platforms and business models for wider community input into civic conversations, Eidos has evolved.   

Beyond events and policy congresses, Eidos developed MindHive, an online crowd-sourcing platform providing services in ideas generation and curated solutions for clients. MindHive grew successfully with the support of government, university and business partners and philanthropists who shared Eidos’ vision. Eidos piloted MindHive and built it to become investment-ready. MindHive was successfully commercialised and separated from Eidos as a stand-alone company at the end of 2017, with Eidos as one of its shareholders.   

Eidos continues as a not-for-profit and a for-purpose organisation. Eidos has reinvigorated its core role as a connector and collaborator for critical thinking and fresh ideas to solve problems that matter. As Eidos evolves, it will continue to refine its goal and grow its network.