MANIFESTO ON TOUR: KENYA

We’re off to Nairobi for two Manifesto events. The first is a day-long Roundtable, hosted by ACTS, on Friday. For the second, we’ll be joining the 4th TWAS-ROSSA Young Scientists’ Conference in Africa (theme: “Science and Technology Enterprises in Africa”), where we’ll be co-hosting a reception and a short roundtable next Tuesday. I’ll be posting…

REBOOTING DEVELOPMENT: PROF CALESTOUS JUMA

“Rebooting development: Innovation policy in the age of technological abundance” was the title of the 13th Marie Jahoda Annual Lecture. It was hosted by SPRU on 7 October 2009. Calestous’ deep knowledge is obvious, as well as his passion for the role of technology and innovation in Africa. From the flier: “Developing countries are increasingly…

STEPS SYMPOSIUM: REDISTRIBUTING INNOVATION

By Julian Pineres Ramirez, PhD student, CENTRIM, Brighton University “What opportunities are presented by the global redistribution of innovative activity?” was the title of Session 3. The questions of how knowledge can be spread around the world, and how less advantaged regions could capture part of its economic and social benefits, remain a concern for…

STEPS SYMPOSIUM: REALITY CHECK

By Katharina Welle, STEPS Centre PhD student The New Manifesto, presented by Adrian Ely on day one of the STEPS Centre Symposium, argues for three crucial shifts in thinking about innovation for development and sustainability: directions, diversity and distribution. But, how can these conceptual arguments be applied to address the realities faced by poor people…

STEPS SYMPOSIUM: MULTIMEDIA

By Julia Day We had a great Symposium last week, with an engaged audience who were game enough to participate in some video interviews, answering one question: “If you had to make one recommendation to the UN, or another global body, about the future of innovation for sustainability and development, what would it be?” More…

STEPS SYMPOSIUM: DEMOCRATISING INNOVATION

By Oliver Johnson The penultimate session of the STEPS Centre symposium – Democratising innovation: towards more accountable institutions – threatened to be a rather tired affair: afternoon slots are always at risk of hypnotising participants in their post-lunch drowsiness. Photo: Des Turner MP by Lance Bellers However, enthusiastic responses by the panel of Des Turner…

STEPS SYMPOSIUM: IMPACT OF THE FINANCIAL CRISIS

By Sara J Wolcott Hardly surprisingly, the implications of the Financial Crisis of 2008 was a sub-theme of the Symposium. Several participants noted that there seems to be less money than there used to be – funding for the cutting edge projects that advance alternative knowledge systems is harder to come by than it used…

STEPS SYMPOSIUM: PREACHING TO THE CHOIR?

By Sara J Wolcott One knows one has a good symposium when the participants are not afraid to ask challenging questions. Such as, what is the point of the New Manifesto? Did the original Sussex Manifesto really do that much – and can the new one do even as much as the first? And how…

STEPS SYMPOSIUM: MOVING BEYOND THE NORTH-SOUTH DIVISION IN DEVELOPMENT

By Sara J Wolcott Brian Wynne wasn’t the only one who pointed it out, but he was particularly eloquent: he felt that when he analyzed and critiqued Northern institutions, he was, in a way, doing work for international development. He helps open the space and the possibility for researchers, intellectuals and citizens from developing countries…

STEPS SYMPOSIUM: ARE WE AFRAID OF INNOVATION?

By Sara J Wolcott While not surprised that innovation was a major theme at the 2009 STEPS Centre Symposium, I was surprised to learn how little innovation is mentioned or critically understood in either the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) or in global responses to Climate Change. Photo: Anil Gupta by Lance Bellers The MDGs only…