Transforming Taiwan: TIPC collaborates on innovation for a green future


This March, members of the TIPC team visited Taiwan for exchanges and policy dialogues to learn about ongoing work on transformations towards an equitable and green future. The team met with policy leaders to gain insights into efforts led by research centres, think tanks, agencies and networks, including the National Science and Technology Council, Circular Taiwan Network, Taiwan Design Research Institute, Industrial Technology Research Institute, Department of Industrial Technology, Research Institute for Democracy, Society, and Emerging Technology, and Graduate Institute of Technology, Innovation and Intellectual Property Management at National Chengchi University. 

Taiwan Design Research Institute

The three-day programme began with a series of exploratory discussions on design principles for the application of Transformative Innovation Policy at the Taiwan Design Research Institute (TDRI), followed by a visit to the Graduate Institute of Technology, Innovation and Intellectual Property Management at National Chengchi University to learn about research on policy, governance and co-production for local energy transitions. 

The second day featured an engaging tour of TDRI from its President, Chi-Yi Chang, during which the TIPC team learned about the mission of the institute to promote design as a central governance value that guides the sustainable development of industries and society, and improves qualities of life in Taiwan.  

In addition, the TIPC team worked in partnership with the Circular Taiwan Network, TDRI and the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) to deliver an exploratory workshop on TIP principles with around 50 civil servants, researchers, network builders and change agents.

During the workshop, participants engaged with the TIP Radar Tool, developed by the Latin American and Caribbean HUB of Transformative Innovation Policy (HUBLAyCTIP), to reflect on the transformative potential of diverse policies and projects in areas including biogas, circular economy and shared mobility.

Additionally, Tatiana Fernández Sirera, Head of Economic Strategy at the Government of Catalonia and member of the TIPC delegation, shared learnings from the Shared Agendas in Catalonia experiment through which participants gained insights into the tensions and trade-offs facing policy makers, and the role of stakeholder engagement in policy design.

Tatiana also highlighted the significance of a common conceptual framework in facilitating meaningful exchanges. ‘TIPC’s narratives are what makes it possible to have inspiring conversations with people around the globe on how transformative processes can be implemented,’ she said.

On the final day of the programme, the delegates from the core team joined a policy forum on ‘Transforming Taiwan’, learning about a series of actions to address social progress and sustainability, and exploring  opportunities to stretch the transformative potential of interventions geared towards societal impact.

Victoria Shaw, TIPC’s Programme Director, emphasised the importance of learning from diverse knowledge communities to understand the systemic challenges faced by policymakers today. ‘Through this collaboration, we aim to share methodologies and tools created in other regions, while generating actionable knowledge from the unique challenges and approaches in Taiwan,’ she said.