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Announcement: Sustainable Innovation Lab - Exploring The New Innovation Agenda

We are delighted to welcome you to the Sustainable Innovation Lab, an initiative of the Business School, University of Exeter. Over the course of a year we are inviting you to explore and discuss the new innovation driver: SUSTAINABILITY. 
The challenges we are facing at the economic, environmental and social levels are making innovation more necessary than ever before - but not just any kind of innovation! 
•    Any innovation today, be it around products, services, processes or business models, was driven by one common goal, the big idea:
In 2050 some nine billion people live well and in the limits of the planet?!
•    The role of business in society would change; co-creation and cooperation leading to multi-stakeholder value creation became the new competitive edge?
•    New strategies, ways of thinking and working, tools and measures required to implement sustainable innovation were already there, waiting to be found and applied?
These are questions we would like to explore with you, developing insights, approaches and tools as we go along.

Do join us on this exciting and necessary journey and put the following dates into your diary - and sign up with us sooner rather than later as places for the workshops are limited:

  • Thursday 13th December 2012       Workshop 1: What is Sustainability-oriented Innovation
  • Thursday 21st March 2013             Workshop 2: Who plays which roles in Sustainability-oriented Innovation
  • Thursday 20th June 2013               Workshop 3: How to make Sustainability-oriented Innovation a Reality
  • Thursday 12th September 2013      Conference: Pulling it all together; hosted by Ordnance Survey in their HQ (built on sustainability principles) in Southampton

We envisage that all three workshops will be hosted by companies in London - Marks & Spencer have already expressed an interest. Might your organisation be interested too?

Much looking forward to hearing from you, and to welcoming you to our kick-off meeting 13th December,
On behalf of the Steering Committee,