Over the years, KI facilitators have accelerated innovation for a host of scientific and academic organizations, and along the way we’ve also had a few opportunities to run workshops for organizations like the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Fintrac (for a USAID-funded project) and the Consultative Group for Assisting the Poor (CGAP).
This made us wonder: how might we apply our methodology in the realm of economic development? This year, we’ve explored more opportunities to work in this sector, designing and facilitating strategic and innovative workshops for the World Food Program (WFP) and the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS),the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and for the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), part of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).
For instance, we adapted the Sandpit event, piloting it in Mexico with a 5-day workshop on creating Smart Barrios: how to use technology to improve the lives of people in marginalized neighborhoods. The workshop was held in one of the poorest areas of Guadalajara, and several people from the community were invited to participate in the workshop, one of whom was part of a group that got green-lighted for funding.
Science + Development
The sweet spot for Inclusive Innovation is when an innovation project combines science and development. A three-year Africa Science Leadership Program (ASLP) has given us an opportunity to facilitate innovative leadership workshops in Africa and spawned another leadership program we ran for Southeast Asian scientists (ASEAN-SLP). We’re developing local programs to support these regional efforts, like the Tuks Young Researcher Leadership Program (TYRLP) at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, and a Science Leadership Clinic, designed to help establish local science leadership programs and individual universities or in smaller sub-regions.
The Global Young Academy (GYA) invited Inclusive Innovation to run a workshop to solicit a fresh perspective on the Syrian refugee crisis. We also facilitated a GYA-sponsored workshop on Science Advice at the INGSA conference. Inclusive Innovation worked with the Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the US State Department to facilitate three networking workshops for women in science and technology last year, in the Ivory Coast, Nigeria and Mozambique.
We know a new idea has a far better chance of being implemented – and having a lasting impact – if the people whom it’s supposed to help are involved in the process of creating it. That’s the big idea behind Inclusive Innovation: including people who are usually excluded from the process of innovation.
We’re a new initiative – a start-up of sorts – but we’re working on some really interesting, and important, projects. If you want to know more about the work we’ve done at Inclusive Innovation, or the work we could do for you, check out our website or write to us here.