The language of ‘inclusive innovation’ is arguably new. The specific phrase was coined in a World Bank report in 2007, and since then, the term has been used by academics, international organizations and, in recent years, policymakers. However, the phrase has not always been common amongst grassroots innovators or impact enterprises.
why inclusive innovation matters
amplifying the known and uplifting the unknown
For us, the term “inclusive innovation” describes the pursuit of innovation that has social (and environmental) aims, and local context, at its heart. Understood in this way, there are a rich variety of activities underway - that may not have been connected or identified - in Asia and beyond. As we strive to bridge the gaps in practice, we are focused on also recalibrating a mismatch in language and lexicon. We believe that in some cases, those who are doing inclusive innovation are not adequately acknowledged, and so policy is not designed as effectively as it could be, and more generally, the ecosystem is not as collaborative, or inclusive, as it has the potential to be.
how to get involved
The 2021 #InclusiveInnovation Story and Learning Lab” Series
Last year we crowdsourced and captured the latest emerging trends and examples and personal stories related to inclusive innovation. Some of our labs ran primarily through network collaborations and gleaned points of view from across the spectrum and diverse ecosystems. In this sense- we learned from individuals working on the ground, in academia, intermediary organizations and among government. If you weren't able to join the lab series, either way you can learn more and get involved - you can join our LinkedIn Community of Practice here, or reach out here.