Innovating for Sustainability Salon Meeting

The next virtual meeting of the Innovating for Sustainability Salon will be held on October 1, 2019, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm Eastern Time. The theme for the session is: From Local to Global: The study of sustainable innovation at various systems levels

The study of sustainable innovation at various systems levels. Solutions to grand challenges are being addressed at different levels in the system. Increasingly, many sustainability approaches advocate the implementation of local solutions to tackle global challenges. This approach presents both advantages and limitations. For instance, district levels are seen as critical to effectively innovate small-scale infrastructures for renewable energy upgrades such as mini-grids and local energy communities, enabling neighbourhood sustainable grid configurations. However, for policies such as those intervening on climate change, this approach might compromise their effectiveness, since they address environmental damages extending beyond local jurisdictions. The systems nature of grand challenges calls for systems solutions. While a local approach to grand challenges comes with limitations, a holistic approach to sustainable innovation presents many challenges. The next salon seeks to explore the study of sustainability innovation at different levels in the system.

Questions of interest include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • How are sustainable solutions being managed at different systems levels?
  • How can problem-centric innovation organically spread across multiple levels?
  • What types of innovations can address sustainability challenges in a holistic way?
  • What is the impact of local solutions to global problems?
  • How can local approaches balance long-term sustainability goals with short-term solutions?
  • What are specific types of grand challenges that need to be tackled at the local level as opposed to the global level? How can short-term local solutions be agile enough to accommodate long-term and large scale sustainability demands?
  • How can resilient systems be built without compromising the flexibility needed to address long-term challenges?
  • Can local solutions be responsibly scaled without resulting in unintended consequences?
  • How about place-dependency of local solutions?
  • Different branches of science are tackling systems problems. What types of cross-disciplinary space can allow management scholars to study the nexus between global and local governance for responsible innovation?

About the Salon. This Salon is a global community of researchers in the sustainability and innovation space. The community meets regularly (about every 3 months) to share research. This Salon is intended to provide an alternative to face-to-face meetings, which are cost, time and carbon intensive. We ask that you make every effort to attend the meetings regularly.

To RSVP for the next meeting, please complete the short form at Salon website. Each meeting is animated by three presentations of work-in-progress followed by dialogue, using the Zoom platform.

Collaboratively yours,
Tima Bansal (Ivey Business School)
Joel Gehman (Alberta School of Business)
Angela Greco (University of Groningen)
Sylvia Grewatsch (Goodman School of Business)
Garima Sharma (Anderson School of Management)
Marie-France Turcotte (Université du Québec à Montréal)