AISA Hot Issues for the Living Keynote
Instead of coming to the meeting with a prepared 'keynote' we are trying out a 'living keynote': We start off with an initial set of questions/issues and will, gradually, during tghe 2 days flesh these out with contributions and reflections from the participants. Small team of volunteers helped to compile/eport on each of the 7 below.
- Innovation drop zones? Dealing with interventions ‘parachuted’ into situations without due appreciation of, and embedding into local realities
- Life under the hedge? Missing endogenous innovations under the radars of innovation ‘experts’
- Follow the bright lights? Fitting current enthusiasms, e.g. for market-driven innovation, to all circumstances
- Surf the wave? Balancing more directed and output-driven innovation projects with more opportunistic outcome-oriented innovation processes
- Brain gain? Strengthening capacities for innovation and for facilitating innovation processes
- Suspended motion? Monitoring, evaluating, adjusting, learning and reflecting on innovation results, outcomes and impacts
- The ripple effect? scaling innovation, up and out
In the afternoon of 31 May, the notes were shared back to plenary:
Reactions from audience: What is missing from this keynote?
- Gender not explicitly mentioned in the final statements
- Facilitation role in process experiences, and between students working with research associates
- Institutional culture that influences performances has not come out well
- The issue of innovation coming in bundles was missing
- Sustainable platforms - do we need sustainable platforms or are they no longer required after they've fulfilled their mandate
- Socio-cultural determinants are missing. We tend to treat them as monolithic
- The farmer is missing, buried somewhere
- The future: what type of systems do people want?
- The government is missing
- Smooth adjustments to the existing system and reform is not the only way: radical reform might help!
- How to influence the policy environment?
- At the tables and discussions we had very original ideas and associations and when we look at the synthesis we have lost a lot of the richness. The originality of our work has gone missing - in practice we need those details in our context
- The concept of champions has cropped up - nurturing people from within the system - but is missing
- Interactions with non-agricultural innovation systems people! We have to go out of our innovation silo - we are the champions of participatory research
- We talk among the converted - the people we're trying to convince are difficult to bring here