Don’t save ‘the world’ – embrace a pluriverse!

by Saurabh Arora and Andy Stirling The United Nations is 75 years old on 24 October 2020. It’s an unfortunate year to be reaching this milestone. Apart from global pandemic turmoil, there are many critical challenges including mass extinctions of languages and species, rising inequality, and climate disruptions. Arguably now more than ever, addressing these…

Harnessing diversity across the global innovation system: a key challenge post Rio+20

By Adrian Ely, Head of Impact and Engagement, STEPS Centre Technology and innovation feature prominently in what looks likely to be the final outcome document from Rio+20, however the diversity of new ideas that can contribute to sustainable development remains underappreciated. Mark Stafford-Smith, co-chair of the ‘Planet Under Pressure’ conference that was held in London…

DIVERSITY, DISTRIBUTION AND DEVELOPMENT THROUGH KNOWLEDGE, NETWORKS AND NATIONS

By Melissa Leach, STEPS Centre director A new report by the Royal Society surveys the global scientific landscape in 2011, noting the shift to an increasingly multipolar world underpinned by the rise of new scientific powers such as China, India and Brazil. Melissa Leach was on the Advisory Group for the report. The Royal Society’s…

NEW MANIFESTO: INTENTIONS INTO ACTION

By Satchida Rana, MA Science, Society and Development student. At the launch of the New Manifesto on 15 June, there were some great discussions about the future of innovation for development. But if the New Manifesto is to work for people who are in need, then these good intentions need to be translated into action…

OECD-UNESCO: INNOVATION, SUSTAINABILITY, DEVELOPMENT: A NEW MANIFESTO

By JULIA DAY, STEPS Centre member View the Manifesto presentation given by Adrian Ely on the STEPS Centre’s Innovation, Sustainability, Development: A New Manifesto at the OECD-UNESCO International Workshop on Innovation for Development: Converting Knowledge to Value. 28-30 January 2009 at OCED headquarters, Paris. Innovation, Sustainability, Development: A New Manifesto by Adrian Ely View more…