Democratising Innovation

The drive to recognise facilitate and promote the democratization of innovation is an area of research and practice that springs from a number of sources including:
  • Business Modeling (open innovation)
  • Philosophy (post-structuralism)
  • Programming (open source)
  • Innovation research (through ‘lead users’ and the work of von Hippel)
  • Political action (through mass creativity and culture jamming)
Design is a complex component in this emerging picture, the idea of designer as the wellspring of innovation and creativity is long obsolete but the profession still has an important part to play in current and developing creative communities of practice. The facilitation of more dynamic and effective innovation processes using new technology, new educational strategies, the application of design thinking and the development of new design processes is vital. The harnessing on the creative potential to innovate in all of us would be a step towards a stable political, cultural and ecological future.

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