TIPC and UN-ECE collaborate on learning for transformative innovation


TIPC has joined a working group led by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN-ECE) to support thinking on transformative innovation policy and learning ahead of discussions on the next Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The work is being spearheaded by the UN-ECE Transformative Innovation Network (ETIN), a strategic platform and meeting place for peer learning and joint exploration of policies and practices for transformative innovation.

Sandra Boni, TIPC Co-Director at INGENIO, is a member of the task-force on next-generation SDGs, which has produced a first scope to identify potential entry points for strategic learning and transformative innovation policy in the present configuration. One potential avenue is to concentrate on SDG #17, which focuses on revitalising partnerships for sustainable development.

‘It seems an interesting departure point to reinforce the transformative potential of learning to enhance meaningful partnerships and the exchange of different knowledge between actors committed to achieving the SDGs,’ said Sandra.

The ETIN network was seeded in 2022 and aims to promote innovative processes in the UNECE region, accelerating a societal transformation in line with Agenda 2030.   

It currently addresses two work themes: one concerns the policies and measures needed to develop adaptive and responsive ecosystems supporting transformative innovation; the other focuses on ‘strategic learning’ as a vital tool for transformative innovation and means to adapt to policy challenges in the face of uncertainty and rapid change.

‘ETIN is playing an important role in strengthening the knowledge community for transformative innovation, facilitating exploration and partnership between policy-makers, entrepreneurs, industry practitioners and researchers,’ said Victoria Shaw, TIPC Programme Director at the University of Sussex Business School and member of the ETIN core group.

‘We look forward to continued collaboration, and to supporting the circulation of learnings from TIPC members in Africa, Europe and Latin America.’  

TIPC core team members Diana Velasco, Sandra Boni and Victoria Shaw joined Mikael Roman and Immanuela Badde (UN-ECE ETIN) and policy, research and industry contributors for the Fifteenth Team of Specialists on Innovation and Competitiveness Policies (ToS-ICP) at the UN Geneva in November 2023. Chair of the ToS-ICP and Chief Strategy Officer at Vinnova, Kjell-Håkan Närfelt, emphasised the critical role of strategic learning as the foundational element of transformative innovation.