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Breaking through: how corporate social innovation creates business opportunity

This report looks at the positive power of business to drive the innovation needed to solve the growing social and environmental challenges facing our planet. 

The goal of this report is to help Canadian business leaders consider corporate social innovation (CSI) as a powerful opportunity to concurrently drive social impact and growth. 

Dynamics of Rural Innovation - a primer for emerging professionals

Authors: Pyburn, R. & Woodhill, J. (eds.)
Publication date: 2014

Dynamics of Rural Innovation – a primer for emerging professionals is a co-publication of KIT and Wageningen University’s Centre for Development Innovation (CDI) that brings together the experiences of over 40 conceptual thinkers and development practitioners to articulate lessons on agricultural innovation processes and social learning.

Innovation in institutional collaboration. The role of interlocutors.

Author: Fowler, A.
Publication date: 2014, In: ISS Working Paper Series / General Series , Volume 584 p. 1- 29

The world is said to be confronted with complex issues working against the long term well-being of people and planet that can only be effectively addressed through (hyper) collective effort. Past approaches to collaboration are however not good enough for operating in tomorrow’s conditions.

Drawing on Actor Network Theory, this paper explores a category of actant – an interlocutor – as potentially crucial in committing to, arranging and holding together complex collective action engagements. 

Approaches for Setting-up Multi-Stakeholder Platforms for Agricultural Research and Development

Authors: Adekunle, A.A. &  Fatunbi, A.O.
Publication date: 2012 In:World Applied Sciences Journal 16 (7): 981-988

This article introduces the concept of Integrated Agricultural Research for Development (IAR4D) and the constituent Innovation Platform (IP) as a workable multistakeholders approach for sustainable agricultural research and development.

The Inquiry Based Approach (IBA) - a facilitator's handbook

Authors: Westin, M., Calderon, C. & Hellquist, A. (eds.)
Publication date: 2014

The Inquiry Based Approach (IBA) has been developed to facilitate multi-stakeholder collaboration for the transformation of situations which are contested, uncertain and complex; known as “wicked situations”. Drawing on learning theory and the action research tradition, the IBA revolves around an inquiry, a question that enables collaboration among various stakeholders. 

This handbook can be used as course material in training for facilitators or as a standalone guide for designing and facilitating collaboration. 

Dialogic Approaches to Global Challenges: Moving from “Dialogue Fatigue” to Dialogic Change Processes

Authors: Pruitt, B. & Waddell, S.
Publication date: 2005

This working paper of the Generative Dialogue Project looks at dialogic change processes, which involve people coming together seeking to make positive change through conversation and agreement as an answer to the challenges of globalization.

It zooms in on the case of climate change, followed by an analysis of global change initiatives. It concludes that this new model of organizing will not supplant the existing international system but it is an essential complement to it.

From Change Initiatives to Change Systems

Author: Waddell, S.
Publication date: 2014

In this serie of three blog posts, Steve Waddell reflects upon the question: Is there a way to strenghten global change systems and speed the pace of transformation to address critical issues of health, climate and poverty?

Innovation that sticks (in Dutch)

Author: Stenden Hogeschool
Publication date: 2012

In deze publicatie van Stenden KennisCentrum Sociale Innovatie belicht de rol van sociale innovatie in een reeks activiteiten en bedrijfscases uit Nederland.

From best practice to best fit: understanding and navigating wicked problems in international development

Authors: Ramalingam, B., Laric,M. & Primrose, J.
Publication date: 2014

This Working Paper summarises the findings of a series of small-scale pilots of selected complex systems methods in DFID’s wealth creation work. The pilots contributed to improved analysis and understanding of a range of wicked problems, and generated tangible findings that were directly utilised in corporate and programmatic decisions. 

Dynamic systems and the challenge of sustainability

Author: Scoones, I. et alii. (for STEPS Centre)
Publication date: 2007

Dynamism, uncertainty and complexity dominate today’s world. Yet many policy interventions ignore this, and so often fail. What is missing is a rigorous and systematic approach to addressing dynamics, one that encompasses an understanding of complex system dynamics and provides a useable guide to action. This paper is a first attempt by the STEPS Centre to address this challenge.