Open, social and inclusive innovation — weaving the strands together for greater impact

Prof. Jeremy Millard, Danish Technological Institute and Brunel University (London)

There is great talk and speculation, as well as significant research, in many new concepts and practices of innovation and especially open, social and inclusive/frugal innovation. This seminar will explore each from both theoretical and policy perspectives. It will aim to provide new and original — even controversial — views on each, but will also attempt to show how they are, by and large, just different versions of the same set of trends and transformations taking place. All aspects of our societies are being turned upside down before our eyes, inter alia the move from 20th C. mass production/consumption to 21st C. mass customisation; from linear to circular economies; from global value chains to local and networked value chains which are seeing the re-birth of manufacturing in so-called “developed” economies and the new patterns of work which go with this; from old economies based on rigid asset ownership models to new economies based on access to assets and shared ownership through collaboration and co-creation; from top-down high resource innovation to low resource but still high quality BoP innovation; from stakeholder value to shared value; and from a governance that grinds on about doing more for less whilst the future of open governance is about doing more with more (and still doing it efficiently). To tackle both Europe’s and the globe’s wicked problems, all these, and many more, are necessary and already happening (more or less). How can they be understood as a seamless whole, and is their scale sufficient for tackling the United Nations' new sustainable development goals. For the first time these will be universal and thus apply just as much to Europe as to the so-called “developing” nations, given that the world, including our continent, is riven by increasing in-country inequality and climate damage. In this context, can the Juncker agenda of jobs, growth, fairness and democratic change make much difference?

About the speaker
Jeremy Millard is Senior Policy Advisor at the Danish Technological Institute, Senior Research Fellow at Brunel University (London) and Director of the non-profit consultancy Third Millennium Governance. He has forty years’ global experience working with governments, development agencies, and private and civil sectors in all parts of the world. In the last twenty years he has focused on how new technical and organisational innovations transform government and the public sector, the economy and business, as well as impact societal cohesion, spatial development and cities. Recent and current assignments include leading the FP7 TEPSIE project on social innovation, working on the FP7 SI-DRIVE project with responsibility for a global survey of how social and frugal innovation can tackle poverty and promote sustainable development, member and rapporteur of DG Research’s Advisory Group on Inclusive, Innovative and Reflective Societies preparing the H2020 work programmes for 2016-17 and 2018-19, and a member of DG GROW’s Digital Entrepreneurship Policy Forum. Jeremy has also worked for many years with the OECD on digital government and public sector innovation, as well as with the United Nations as an on-going expert on their biennial eGovernment survey, preparing a recent report on Governance, Public Administration and ICT for Post-2015 Development, and a current report on Innovating Public Service Delivery for Sustainable Development.

Venue: Conference room

Date: 02 July 2015

Time: 12:30 - 13:30


UNU-MERIT