STEPS-JNU SYMPOSIUM: Transformative innovation from the grassroots

By Ian Scoones, Co-Director, STEPS Centre Session three at the JNU-STEPS Symposium focused on ‘grassroots innovation’. The panel emphasised the transformative possibilities of innovation, and the need to go beyond a narrow definition of innovation as focused only on technology. Rooted in movements, Adrian Smith from the STEPS Centre, argued that innovation is also about…

What the new Ahmedabad Declaration means for grassroots innovation

by Adrian Smith, STEPS Grassroots Innovation project NOTE: A new article on grassroots innovation has just been published on the website of the Journal of Cleaner Production, authored by Adrian Smith, Mariano Fressoli and Hernán Thomas. Smith, A., Fressoli, M. and Thomas, H. (2013) Grassroots innovation movements: challenges and contributions, Journal of Cleaner Production (in…

ADRIAN SMITH ON ALTERNATIVE TECHNOLOGY

Following Adrian’s post on his journey to Argentina, he’s added a new presentation from the trip to our Slideshare. If your Spanish isn’t up to scratch, it includes some great pictures from the history of the alternative technology movement. Nichos de tecnología alternativa: una perspectiva Europea

GRASSROOTS INNOVATION

By Adrian Smith It is imperative, in my view, that grassroots innovation does not become ghettoised into ‘technologies for the poor’. Last week I enjoyed a fascinating trip to Argentina, where I talked about grassroots innovation. The trip was made possible by the Argentine government’s Institute for Industrial Technology (INTI), whose new Quality of Life…