SELECTED ARTICLES, ESSAYS, SPEAKING
Innovation offers potential: to cure diseases, to better connect people, and to make the way we live and work more efficient and enjoyable. At the same time, innovation can fuel inequality, decimate livelihoods, and harm mental health. This book contends that inclusive innovation - innovation motivated by environmental and social aims - is able to uplift the benefits of innovation while reducing its harms. You can see more about the backend of our research here inclusiveinnovation.io. November 2022.
Note, no payment nor any financial gain from the proceeds of this book go to myself or other coauthors. This has been a volunteer endeavor as a fully academic book published by Routledge Press. We would like to thank our advisory review group of nearly 30 incredible practitioners and thought leaders whom are noted in the opening acknowledgements section as well.
In this session, I shared the insights from the climate metrics case study research I held with international development banks, ESOs, Impact Investors and Scale-ups in Southeast Asia in early 2023. The session was designed to build upon the 2022 Climate Metrics guide, but ground the takeaways by exploring what putting it all into play looks like. You can see the recording here and read the takeaways here. May 2023.
In this session, as one of the speakers, we elaborated on the book's core thesis: how can we uplift the benefits of innovation while reducing its potential harms? The talk also featured 3 incredible changemakers around the globe making inclusive innovation the centre of their practice and whom we featured in the stories on our book and site inclusiveinnovation.io . Livestreamed January 2023.
Honored to host and moderate the opening lightning panel before our team facilitated the live systems mapping workshop. This session was held at the Skoll World Forum, and led by the Oxford Climate Tech Initiative , in partnership with On Deck’s Build for Climate. With nearly 400 people joining live learned from leading voices, including speakers from the Nigeria Climate Innovation Center, SDG x Near Future Lab, Acumen, LowerCarbon and more. April 2022.
UNICEF Office of Innovation
In this post you'll find an overview of our shared data and open-data collaboration quest through the lens and work of the UNICEF Office of Innovation's Climate Innovation Landscape Assessment, an initiative I was able to develop as a senior consultant. November 2021.
How do we transition from the dominant status quo, an extractive political economy, towards a #regenerative, #circular system? Here are some ideas. November 2020.
In this session, we share the latest trajectories and insights gleaned from three years of experimenting towards systems change at a grassroots level- from work on waste management, to plastics, to air pollution and more. February 2021.
In this post we share (pandemic induced) observations and spaces to watch, a nod to that which is mainstreaming, plus a few provocations that could carry interesting implications. June 2020.
In this session, I share more about the Circular Design Lab journey and how our collective has taken concepts from systems theory and put them into practice on the ground in Thailand. October 2020.
In this session, we share more about the mechanics behind our theory of systemic change, and the 2020 clean air futures campaign that was born from our systemic design field based workshops. October 2020.
The Climate Tech Opportunity, a publication from the Oxford Climate Tech Initiative in partnership with the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford Said Business School, provides an overview of key trends, challenges and opportunities facing the climate tech field.
It is based on a survey of over 140 climate tech practitioners (including investors, entrepreneurs, scientists and policy-makers) and interviews with over 60 experts from over twenty countries, and provides insights into building better programs, strategies, platforms and policies to support climate innovation.
VOLUNTEER LEADERSHIP ROLES
We are developing a new platform initiative housed at Oxford Saïd Business School - OxCT exists to help close the knowledge, partnership, and resource gaps to accelerate the green and just transition towards net zero and build resilience while promoting relevant climate-tech solutions where they are needed the most. I am coleading this initiative as a volunteer and we have just launched at the Skoll World Forum recently.
The Circular Design Lab is a self-organized, citizen-driven project focused on prototyping and delivering solutions to humanity's big challenges - using systemic design, circular economy and design principles. We are a 100% volunteer and community driven social innovation platform focused on building systems responses to complex challenges including Air Pollution, Plastics Pollution, Sustainable Food and Waste Systems, and Unsustainable Fast Fashion. Although we run on social and idea capital we are grateful for support from MIT, RSA and partnerships with TCDC, The Incubation Network.
Last year we crowdsourced and captured the latest emerging trends and examples and personal stories related to inclusive innovation. Some of our labs ran primarily through network collaborations and gleaned points of view from across the spectrum and diverse ecosystems. In this sense- we learned from individuals working on the ground, in academia, intermediary organizations and among government. If you weren't able to join the lab series, either way you can learn more and get involved - you can join our LinkedIn Community of Practice here.
From August-December 2020 we hosted a "digital roadshow" - a series of online sessions with the authors of the Blue Paper, yet also those working in the space from a creative angle. We heard from entrepreneurs, artists, musicians and others from international organizations. More below. All recordings and summaries are below. The goal was to raise awareness and gain more citizen signatures to support establishment of the first Clean Air Act of it's kind in Thailand. The legislation is now under review with Parliament after receiving over 25,000 citizen signatures.
Governance Steering Committee
Across 2022 I have the fortune to serve on the steering committee of the SOIF NGFP network which operates world wide with a focus on futures and foresight. Our group of representatives are building process and prototypes of decentralized decision making structures with inclusivity and equity at the heart of our focus areas.
In 2017 we hosted, thanks to USAID funding, IDDS Sisaket which brought together six communities within the Raitong Organics Farm network in Sisaket Province. The summit was supported by the creation of an additional 50 staff jobs. Together, participants, organizers, and communities listened, learned, shared, discovered, co-created, and prototyped solutions to six critical challenge areas of sustainable development in Sisaket, Thailand.