But this can present its own problems. What happens when those ‘heropreneurs’ have no lived experience of the challenges they’re looking to solve? And what happens when they put people first and environmental considerations second? Research by Dr Robyn Klingler-Vidra, Alex Glennie and Courtney Savie Lawrence has found that this kind of innovation can, inadvertently, accentuate inequality and drive environmental degradation.
Their research reveals the importance of Inclusive Innovation, which empowers local communities and demonstrates that low tech or social solutions can boost productivity and drive social and environmental good.
Their Inclusive Innovation framework is built on three key principles:
- inclusion is necessarily about people and the planet, and so ecological concerns need to be at the center
- innovation should be understood more broadly than information technology, so that low-tech and social organization innovations are equally counted
- and innovation is a collaborative process in which problem owners are crucial problem-solvers
To find out more visit inclusiveinnovation.io, where you can download a PDF of the Inclusive Innovation book.