Public Entrepreneurship Networks
Innovation has emerged as a central concern in sustainable development and related policy arenas such as climate change. The book explores the implications for policy practice of this new emphasis and the challenges it creates for public, private, and civic actors who want to foster technological innovation as a way to promote sustainable development. We present a set of case studies of success and analyze their implications for practice. We emphasize that innovation extends all the way down to the user and highlight the often unmet demands for institutional innovation this creates. We describe a framework for analyzing these cases that draws out their implications for policy and for action by governmental, non-governmental, and market organizations.
We have presented the research to a variety of technical and policy audiences with success. This success is rooted in the fact that the research and analysis provides an action-oriented way to think about innovation, which is now acknowledged as a central challenge in environmental policy and sustainable development. More specifically, this appeal seems to derive from three characteristics ofour analysis: 1) it is rooted in and presented through cases; 2) it anticipates and responds to real problems and challenges that professionals experience in trying to promote sustainable development; 3) it provides helps make sense of experience presents direct implications for action. This means the book is of interest to policy makers, to those involved in technological innovation, and to students of sustainability.