Transformative Innovation

Andreas Novy, Nathaniel Barlow, Julia Frankhauser

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This article scrutinizes the potential of transformative innovations to contribute to social-ecological
transformations. It problematizes the positive connotation linked to innovations in tackling
contemporary social and environmental challenges by giving an overview of theories of innovation,
with a focus on social innovations, and systematizing the multiple meanings of the term
transformation. We define transformative innovations as innovations that contribute to those
transformations that are desirable and feasible in a specific conjuncture. Desirable are innovations
that enable a good life for all within planetary boundaries, feasible are those that can be
implemented here and now, given specific constellations of actors, power relations and structural
constraints and possibilities. Furthermore, we describe the current conjuncture, dwell on collective
and political actions and explore one promising transformative innovation: creating and
strengthening sustainable and inclusive provisioning systems, that are feasible in the short term
and effective in the long-term.
HerausgeberWU Vienna University of Economics and Business
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 2022


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