inno4sd is a think tank with a mission to create a new network of networks, which reaches out to key stakeholders and existing networks, worldwide, to think afresh about issues of innovation, green economy and sustainable development. It is based on the idea that achieving a better world through transformative changes requires connections to be made between researchers, businesses, public officials, society organisations, politicians, funders, knowledge brokers, educators, students, writers, journalists, artists, and opinion formers – all of whom have a role to play in innovation. An important role for politicians is to create and improve new incentive systems, a topic which requires research, evaluation and discussion.
Innovation is important for sustainable development, but the relationship is not straightforward. There is a need for understanding the global web of constraints and repercussions of different innovation pathways, with attention to how the public interest can be better incorporated into innovation processes. There is also a need to explore drivers for systemic eco-innovation that trigger long-term transformations, address all aspects of the environment and resource use, beyond low-carbon and energy considerations, and are thoughtful of poverty eradication and socio-economic development needs.
inno4sd.net is an open network with a research-based agenda for learning and for change, which invites multiple perspectives to be developed, scrutinised and deployed.
inno4sd.net will become a global network – initiated by the green.eu project with start-up funding from the European Union – and aims to become connected worldwide. The innovations for analysis include changes in governance, ownership and systems of production and consumption, besides innovations in products, services and technologies. The diversity of (world) regions is considered in terms of specialisation, governance, and human and cultural capital.