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Challenging dominant directions of innovation

Across the world, academics, civil society organisations and citizens are recognising the potential for innovation to address pressing global challenges. They are demanding urgent changes that promote this goal. The STEPS Centre recognises a number of other networks and initiatives that have put forward manifestos or declarations which challenge the dominant directions of innovation and put forward alternatives. STEPS is making efforts to collaborate with them.

Resources on this CD

  1. Members of the Knowledge In Civil Society (KICS) network have drafted an Indian manifesto on science and technology - 'Knowledge Swaraj' – and are involved in case studies as part of the SET-DEV project
  2. Marathmoli Manifesto by Asmita Jayendra and others
  3. IDS Big Question podcast: Prof Geoff Oldham puts forward a vision for the new Manifesto. "What I’m hoping is that this effort… will encourage other groups throughout the world to think about the same issues. I’m hoping it will stimulate debate, and hopefully other manifestos spring up all over the place, reflecting the political views of those who design them".

Additional online resources

(Internet connection required)
  1. The Manchester Manifesto – Who Owns Science? (2009)
  2. In association with the SET-DEV project, the African Technology Policy Studies Network is working on an African Manifesto for Science and Technology.
  3. Manifesto on the future of knowledge systems", International Commission on the Future of Food and Agriculture (2009)
  4. Bonn Manifesto for the protection and sustainable use of common goods, Freiburg Kant Foundation
  5. EC Research for Sustainability and the European Union: From Wish to Will - A Manifesto by the Scientific Committee of the EU conference “Sustainable Development – A Challenge for European Research".
  6. SET-DEV project
  7. Knowledge in Civil Society (KICS)

We welcome examples of innovation for development.
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