Innogen · ‘Innogen Insider’ blog · October 9, 2013
Interrogation of the â€˜inclusive innovationâ€™ concept
by Rebecca Hanlin
Is the Tata Nano an example of â€˜inclusive innovationâ€™? What about solar lighting? How do we determine what is inclusive or pro-poor? Is it about the degree of income generation or saving that is created, the degree of viable business opportunity that a new product creates or is it about the process of innovation around the product more generally?
On 6-8 July researchers from around the world gathered at the Open University to discuss these questions, and particularly what we mean by â€˜inclusive innovationâ€™. Over one and a half days using a range of interactive sessions â€“ many conducted outside in the sunshine as the UK basked in an heat wave â€“ researchers considered how their own standpoint â€“ and not just current research results â€“ determine how we think about inclusive innovation.