Abstract: ISDC Symposium at TropAg Conference

Simon Fielke, CSIRO

The role of inclusivity in innovation processes

Traditionally, innovation processes have been rather secretive, protected by patents, intellectual property legislation and caution over sharing private information that may create value for private organization. Increasingly, such innovation processes are inadequate to address the grand challenges (climate change, pandemics, etc.) facing modern societies. As such inclusivity of broad and diverse stakeholders within innovation processes has been argued to address the temporal and equitability issues of a traditional approach to innovation and fostering innovation systems has become central to public organizations quests to attract global talent, capital, and prestige.

What is the role of diverse stakeholders (including governments and research organizations) in such innovation processes?

In short, this depends, national, sectoral and organizational cultures that are dealing with a transition from innovation processes and responsibilities of the past as they evolve into current and future innovation systems.

What are the strategies for building inclusive innovation? Digitalisation as an opportunity to build more inclusive innovation processes with examples from Australia

This presentation will provide multiple examples of digital technological innovation processes (ie apps, web interfaces, internet of things sensors, etc.) involving Australia research and development organizations and diverse networks of stakeholders that invest in, develop, deploy, use, and obtain value from such development processes.

No silver bullets: accessibility and literacy considerations of digital divides

Finally, the presentation will conclude with notes of caution to consider when investing in such collaborative innovation, with particular reference to digitally enabled technologies and processes.