GLOBELICS’11: Innovation for social inclusion and sustainable development

By Adrian Smith, STEPS Centre and SPRU During the session Innovation for Social Inclusion and Sustainable Development, we heard a rich set of perspectives from different regions around the world. I was particularly struck by the way the challenges of social inclusion and sustainable development both ask searching questions about what we know about innovation…

GLOBELICS’11: STEPS CENTRE SESSION WORDLE

As the STEPS Centre prepares for it’s session at the Globelics conference in Buenos Aires today, member Adrian Smith has created a Wordle based on the contents of his presentation for the Innovation for Social Inclusion and Sustainable Development session. Click on the graphic to have a closer look.

GLOBELICS ’11: Innovation begins at home

By Adrian Ely, STEPS Centre member Innovation for inclusive development was a resounding theme in the introductory session of the 9th Globelics Conference in Buenos Aires on 15th November. Ministers, the Governor of the Province of Buenos Aires and the academic presenters celebrated Argentina’s focus on innovation, but highlighted the main challenge to the conference…

NEW BOOK ON KENYAN MILLENNIUM VILLAGES

A new book has just been published on the Kenyan Millennium Villages by Awuor Ponge, entitled Indigenous Knowledge and Sustainable Crop Production: A Study of the Millennium Village Project in Bar-Sauri in Nyanza Province, Kenya. Ponge, an Assistant Research Fellow and M&E Officer at the Institute of Policy Analysis and Research – Kenya, is also a…

INNOVATION WITH IMPACT?

By Julia Day, STEPS Centre communications manager Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates was asked by French President Nicolas Sarkozy to investigate finance for development and to report back to the G20 in Cannes this week. The key message of Gates’ Innovation with Impact report, in a nutshell, appears to be: A levy on share and bond trading would help…

UK PRIME MINISTER URGED TO ATTEND RIO+20

By Julia Day, STEPS Centre Communications Manager “The Prime Minister should promise to attend next year’s Rio + 20 Earth Summit to show leadership on sustainability and strengthen global political will to tackle the environmental crisis,” say MPs on the Uk parliament’s Commons Environmental Audit Committee in a report published today. The report warns that…

INNOVATION AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AT GLOBELICS

By Julia Day, STEPS Centre Communications Manager How can innovation contribute to social justice and sustainable development goals? Two of the STEPS Centre’s members will be debating this issue in Argentina next month at the 9th Globelics International Conference in Buenos Aires.Adrian Ely and Adrian Smith will be speaking on the panel of the “Innovation for Social Inclusion and Sustainable…

CGIAR SCIENCE FORUM, BEIJING

By ERIK MILLSTONE, STEPS Centre Member The 2nd Science Forum of the CGIAR (Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research) took place in Beijing this week, and the discussions represented a challenging occasion for a member of the STEPS Centre, or at any rate for this member of STEPS. (Photo: still from STEPS film on maize…

JIM WATSON JOINS TELEGRAPH’S AGE OF ENERGY INITIATIVE

Jim Watson, Professor of Energy Policy at SPRU and director of the Sussex Energy Group as well as co-convenor of the STEPS Centre’s new Energy domain, has been asked to join a panel of politicians, business people and academics for this year’s Daily Telegraph Age of Energy initiative. The theme is the Green Economy. This…

BELLAGIO: THE FUTURE OF PHILANTHROPY

By ADRIAN ELY, STEPS Centre researcher I was lucky enough to participate in a fascinating discussion on global governance and regulation, organised as part of the Bellagio Initiative last week. The Initiative involves a series of global consultations hoping to deliver a new framework for philanthropy and international development in pursuit of human wellbeing in…