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Visions of innovation – changing cultures and mindsets

The changes advocated by this manifesto are unlikely to emerge without widespread cognitive shifts towards different notions of what science, technology, innovation and development actually mean. Education, engagement and discussion will all play a vital role in this, but opening our minds at an individual level to the full range of innovation possibilities is the first step towards lasting change.

Resources on this CD

  1. Anil Gupta at the STEPS Symposium, 2009: “Let there be less pages in the new manifesto, but a bold declaration on what restructuring of mind and thoughts we wish to have"
  2. Stefano Noia at Delhi roundtable: "My suggestion would be to open your minds a little bit. This city is a nightmare. It is a nightmare for many people yet it offers many joys to people. It is involved in the lives of a multitude. If you open your minds a little bit you’ll find that the solutions are staring you in the face. You need not to distinguish between the powerful and the powerless, the rich and the poor, treat everyone on the same footing. If you manage to do that, everything else will come naturally."

  3. Ruth Wanjala, Kenya Science Café at Nairobi ACTS roundtable: Ruth discusses the Café Scientifique as a way of building literacy and awareness of science and technology amongst Kenyans. Cafés Scientifiques can also raise Kenyans' interest in science policy.

  4. Venezuela roundtable report (conclusions): “It is necessary to continue asking ourselves the questions “what type of development model are we seeking, and what model of science?" (Full report in Spanish)
  5. Stefan Valk, Technical University Delft, The Netherlands at The Hague roundtable: “To be sustainable, and be innovative at the same time, the first thing we need to change ourselves. If we want to change someone else, change ourselves first… that’s the way to be convincing"

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