Manifesto Seminar: Fred Steward on Transformative Innovation for the Global Good,

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Fred Steward, Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Brunel University on Transformative Innovation for the Global Good: A shared challenge-oriented mission for the 21st Century. Find out more about Innovation, Sustainability, Development: A New Manifesto at www.steps-centre.org/manifesto

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Manifesto Seminar: Fred Steward on Transformative Innovation for the Global Good,

  1. 1. Transformative innovation for the global good Fred Steward, Brunel University, UK STEPS Manifesto seminar, 30 October 2008
  2. 3. <ul><li>Environmental sustainability – a public good </li></ul><ul><li>Existing pattern of innovation is unsustainable </li></ul><ul><li>A core issue </li></ul><ul><li>Transformative innovation similar to public health and the welfare state </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainability oriented innovation policy </li></ul><ul><li>Societal mission, purposive and pervasive, role of government </li></ul>The greatest challenge of our time
  3. 4. ‘ Modern’ socio-technical regimes and unsustainability <ul><li>Automobility/aeromobility – climate change </li></ul><ul><li>Carbon based electricity – climate change </li></ul><ul><li>Resource intensive food - biodiversity </li></ul><ul><li>Printed paper communication -deforestation </li></ul><ul><li>The high consumption household – water stress carbon emissions </li></ul>
  4. 5. Shared issue between developed & developing countries <ul><li>Established regimes in developed countries the problem of path dependency </li></ul><ul><li>Emergent regimes in developing countries the problem of expectations </li></ul><ul><li>Different forms of lock-in </li></ul>
  5. 6. Visions of sustainable future regimes <ul><li>Low carbon economy </li></ul><ul><li>Ecological food </li></ul><ul><li>Paperless society </li></ul><ul><li>The sustainable household </li></ul><ul><li>The challenges for innovation & policy </li></ul>
  6. 7. A sustainability oriented innovation policy <ul><li>Need for system innovation </li></ul><ul><li>Involves technology & social change </li></ul><ul><li>Crosses the production & consumption divide </li></ul><ul><li>The reintroduction of societal mission </li></ul>
  7. 11. <ul><li>Environmentalism – from margins to mainstream </li></ul><ul><li>Formal policy commitments at global level </li></ul><ul><li>No growth vs decoupling </li></ul><ul><li>Climate change – transition to low carbon economy </li></ul><ul><li>Stern’s case for public intervention </li></ul>The rise and rise of environmental sustainability
  8. 12. <ul><li>New consensus around innovation for sustainability </li></ul><ul><li>Revolution – from white heat to green cool </li></ul><ul><li>Misleading metaphors: Big technology – Manhattan Project Incrementalism – new products Generic technologies – Industrial Rev </li></ul><ul><li>New framework needed </li></ul>Innovation will save the world
  9. 13. <ul><li>Proliferation jungle </li></ul><ul><li>Dogmas – market based instruments, producer oriented </li></ul><ul><li>Keeping sight of the broad sustainability agenda </li></ul><ul><li>Transformative innovation </li></ul>Through a glass darkly – the contemporary policy window
  10. 14. <ul><li>Long term visions –short term action </li></ul><ul><li>Sociotechnical approach – bridging new technology and behavioural change </li></ul><ul><li>Global and local – reconfiguring national innovation policy </li></ul><ul><li>Invention and imitation – being realistic about novelty </li></ul><ul><li>Incumbent and emergent – recognising contradictions within the business world </li></ul>5 principles for reconfiguring innovation policy for sustainability
  11. 15. A new portfolio of innovation policy measures <ul><li>Demanding futures </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainable innovation commons </li></ul><ul><li>Radical reinnovation </li></ul><ul><li>Green ‘new deal’ </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainable transition arenas </li></ul>

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