Expertise exchange network through which research & development institutions would periodically send their top experts to help other institutions from completely unrelated fields.
There would be no conflict of interest. The fields between the two institutions should be as unrelated as for example Tesla engineers helping a cancer research lab and vice versa. Non-disclosure and related agreements would be signed.
There would be absolutely no gain for the visiting/helping team other than an opportunity to learn, have fun, meet new cool people, and gain insight into a different world. It would be like volunteering with all expenses paid. It should feel like a game.
The visiting team would be provided the necessary learning material to catch up on the host's field as best they could. They would be briefed on the problems the host is facing and be able to ask any questions for the next few days. The teams would work together for the duration of the visit. The helping team would try to come up with something that would help the host team advance in their field.
The parent institutions would be matched for exchange based on their track record and quality of past work. It would be like anonymous dating - each institution would get to accept/reject the system's suggestion without the other side knowing. When there is a match on both sides the exchange would happen.
There are several ways of going about it. The same teams could reciprocate in a different time period or the system could rotate the teams so that the now helping team would be later helped by yet another, from a different institution.
The purpose of such expertise exchange network would be:
Intellectual synergy; Good ideas can be made brilliant through collaboration.
Intellectual diversity; Different minds look at problems from different perspectives. What may be obvious to one person, can spark a revelation in another brain that is wired just a little differently.
Intellectual flexibility; The visiting team would take it as a challenge to try and be useful. They would learn in the process and expand their horizons.
What do you think? Would this work? What could be done to improve the idea?