Five considerations for mainstreaming innovation in development

An examination of norms and perceptions that influence the inclusivity of innovation practice in development institutions

Art by Sophia Robele

1. Recognize where language and tools become barriers.

2. Apply the principles of innovation to the ways we invite people into the innovation process.

3. Make sure that those you are asking to innovate actually feel that the current system isn’t working.

4. Harness the interdisciplinarity that exists within each person, not just in the blending of expertise from those who work in different ‘disciplines.’

5. Allow people to connect with the ‘heart’ of innovation.

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