Twenty-first century global change is challenging our use and management of all resources. For a community to adapt and yet maintain and even enhance its economy and quality of life, there is a need for collaborative innovation (CI) and related action among concerned members of the community. This paper outlines the concepts of an approach to CI based on dynamic asset-mapping and its support through a web-based technological framework. Based on real-world experience with the framework, it is clear that CI takes many forms and that it is not possible to build a single set of tools to support CI. Rather a framework and a set of meta-tools is needed which can be used to build tailored systems to fit specific situations that arise when collaboration is to occur.