INDIA SEMINAR: INNOVATION, IDEAS & INSPIRATION

by Adrian Ely, Manifesto project convenor Last week, STEPS participated in a 3-day seminar on “Innovation, Sustainability and Development” in Delhi, India. It was hosted by the National Institute of Science, Technology and Development Studies (NISTADS) in partnership with the Centre for Development Studies-Trivandrum and the STEPS Centre. A full programme with links to video…

THE MANIFESTO: ONE YEAR ON

By Adrian Ely, Manifesto project convenor Innovation, Sustainability, Development: A New Manifesto is a year old! It’s been a busy year. In the time since the launch of the Manifesto, we’ve been engaging with an increasingly diverse set of academic and policy networks around the world about how science, technology and innovation can work in…

SOLAR STOVES: MAKING THINGS PEOPLE ACTUALLY USE

Photo: Solar technology in the CIFRES carpark, by Adrian Ely By Adrian Ely, Manifesto project convenor In the car park of the International Centre for Training and Research in Solar Energy (CIFRES) in Dakar, lie the remains of successive attempts to introduce solar technology into Senegal. Each day the researchers drink tea prepared in a…

SCIENCE AND DEMOCRACY: GATHERING MOMENTUM?

By Adrian Ely, Manifesto project convenor The Science and Democracy World Forum is part of a growing movement responding to the challenges of sustainability and development. At this year’s event in Dakar, there are about 300 participants from 90 organisations across the world, with strong representation from the global South and a large number of…

AFRICA AND THE MDGs: A MANIFESTO

By Adrian Ely, STEPS Centre member [Edit (7/12/10): The Africa Manifesto has now been launched: you can download it from the ATPS website.] Ten years after the African Technology Policy Studies network was incorporated, nearly 200 delegates from 29 African countries are gathering in Egypt to discuss ‘The State of Science, Technology and Innovation in…

MANIFESTO IN CHINA: MOVING AND NON-MOVING PICTURES

Photos and video of the Manifesto discussion in Beijing, held at Tsinghua University in March, are now on the website. Take a look for some top academics’ takes on innovation, sustainability and development in China and across the globe. There are lots more videos, reports and documents at www.anewmanifesto.org, which also includes the full text…

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…

LOW-CARBON INNOVATION IN CHINA – QUESTIONING THE RULES OF THE GAME

By Dr Adrian Ely, STEPS Centre member How do we create more low-carbon societies? It’s clear that “top down” and “bottom up” forms of innovation will both have a role to play, but what will be the balance between the two? A new report, “Game-changing China: Lessons from China about Disruptive Low Carbon Innovation” contains…

THE NEW MANIFESTO AND LANGUAGE

By Indie Dinala, postgraduate student in Science, Society and Development at IDS. Language was one of the big subjects that came up at the New Manifesto launch on 15 June. One criticism was the “social-science” language used in the Manifesto document. The new manifesto is definitely the way forward. Especially in that it is responsive…

LANGUAGE AND THE NEW MANIFESTO

Indie Dinala, a student on the Science, Society and Development course here at IDS, attended the Manifesto launch on 15 June. These are her personal reflections on what was discussed: “The new manifesto is definitely the way forward. Especially in that it is responsive to social justice, the ever-changing globalised world and other important 3D…