How to tackle wicked societal problems together?

News 11.06.2020

The International States of Change Learning Festival oriented around public innovation was organized in June 2020 for the first time. The festival's purpose is to be a platform for new, emerging ideas. As part of the festival Sitra Lab organized a session around Innovation Ecosystems for Transformation. The goal of the session was to explore innovation ecosystems as potential means of organizing around societal or global challenges. 

Wicked problems like climate change have to be tackled together. But when some problems might be within the reach of individual organisations, others that require societal or global collaboration also call for different ways of working together. Innovation ecosystems seek to create the foundations for tackling societal or global problems.

Sitra Lab’s Mikael Seppälä spoke about innovation portfolios and their role as an enabler for innovation ecosystems. Different types of problems call for different types of organizations. The broader the problem, the broader should be the ecosystem that could tackle the problem. Smart & Clean’s approach to create impactful climate solutions for systemic urban challenges was presented by Iina Oilinki. In her presentation she discussed the work related to the Closed Plastic Circle ecosystem where public, private and people collaborate to build the foundations to recycle and reuse plastic in the Helsinki metropolitan area.

Read more from Sitra’s blog and watch the session recording here.



Image: Topias Dean, Sitra