For the launch of the RIC Virtual Series we wanted to explore alternative development and innovation models- especially for the Asian context. We hosted Gorka Espiau Idoiaga, Senior Fellow - Agirre Center for Social and Political Studies and David Li and Vicky Xie, of the Shenzhen Open Innovation Lab to offer a reflection on the experience in Basque and Shenzhen - one that explores very different models to “do” innovation, that builds on the strengths of the specific contexts.
Some of our starting points and framing questions included:
1- how did these models come to be, why in these particular places and at this particular time, and what can these experience suggest to other countries interested in developing their own innovation ecosystem (but without doing copy and paste from the Valley?)
2- what are some of the emergent trends that are on the horizon? What are the game changing features of tech or social dynamics that are influencing the direction in how society is evolving in the innovation space.
3- what are the policy implications for Asian countries that want to develop their own approach to innovation? What processes and instruments can they use?
More for the curious:
Shenzhen Open Innovation Experience: https://app.additor.io/p/w6JjNDkS
Aguirre Foundation: located in the Basque region in Spain, they have devoted the last 10 years of their practice (and research) on answering the question of why the innovation ecosystem in Bilbao developed they way it did, and why in that particular part of the world. More- https://meetingoftheminds.org/basque-transformational-narratives-21585