What is inclusive innovation?
Inclusive Innovation is a collaborative and co-creative, multi-stakeholder approach to innovation* that emphasizes the agency and innovativeness of stakeholders that will be affected by the consequences of innovation, including those traditionally excluded from innovation activities, and aims to increase the contributions of innovation to social, environmental and economic outcomes.
Inclusive Innovation means innovating together for better outcomes.
Watch Sandra Schillo’s TEDxKanata Talk on Inclusive Innovation.
The I2Hub was started through the Inclusive Innovation Research Cluster at the Institute for Science, Society and Policy at the University of Ottawa. We are a group of industry partners, community groups, government contributors, students, and academics – experienced and diverse individuals committed to making innovation more inclusive.
We first came together to develop research proposals. In the Fall of 2022, we collaborated on engagement sessions with many different individuals and groups to learn what everyone needs from inclusive innovation.
It became clear that there was much interest in moving forward the inclusive innovation work – to have more opportunities to share knowledge and experiences with inclusive innovation, and to drive forward practice for inclusion in innovation. As a consequence, the group decided to form the I2Hub as a not-for-profit to address this need and create the space for learning and exploration – so that innovation across all sectors can become more inclusive.
Canada as a global leader in inclusive innovation across all sectors.
The I2hub will create and support a community of excellence in inclusive innovation practice and research, by co-creating new knowledge, building networks, collaborating to implement new practices, and making resources accessible, to further next-generation inclusive innovation.
Co-create inclusive innovation practices.
Let us know how you would like to participate. Are you interested in inclusive innovation workshops and conversations? Training for your team? Referrals?
Or do you have specific projects in mind?
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