DII Project

DII Project


This page is dedicated for the Disruptive Inclusive Innovation (DII) Project led by Dr. Michiko Iizuka, GiST Professor (Interview to Dr. Iizuka is here). The concept of DII is briefly described below as a partial modification of the excerpt from the "SciREX Center Working Paper #5 on Features of ecosystems to advance disruptive inclusive innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals: Five global case studies."

In 2015, United Nations member states adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which outlined Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Under these targets, nations aim to create new pathways toward sustainable development while leaving no one behind. Science, technology, and innovation (STI) are expected to play critical roles in this process. Currently, countries that subscribe to the SDGs are drawing roadmaps regarding STI for SDGs. New approaches are essential because existing studies indicate that current policy instruments are either absent or insufficient for achieving the magnitude of transformation needed in the expected timeframe.

The Disruptive Inclusive Innovation (DII) project is based on the hypothesis that DII can play a conducive role in the transformative process to achieve the SDGs and that creating new innovation ecosystems is instrumental for paving new pathways. DII is innovation that disrupts current innovation ecosystems and creates value networks--through disruptive innovation--while satisfying unmet societal needs--through inclusive and social innovation. Although both elements of DII (disruptive and inclusive) have different goals, there are important overlaps in how they achieve their goals. SDGs define bold social goals that call for more disruptive solutions and stimulate the innovation process.

Leveraging innovation for this transformation is particularly challenging in emerging economies where the assets needed for successful innovation are not fully present. The construction of supporting ecosystems provides a path to strategically overcome missing factors of the context of their operation, initiating operation to fulfil the needs of citizens in not only delivering goods and services needed but also with new mechanism to make them available and accessible for the mass in non-business conducive conditions. Aided by the construction of ecosystems, companies can initiate transformation by disrupting the status quo, creating new markets, and responding to unmet needs.

Seminars organized by the DII project

DII 5th Seminar : Impact Investment: How can Japan capture these new investment opportunities
DII 4th Seminar : Technology for the Last Mile - Lean experimentation and impact management
DII 3rd Seminar : Global Trends and Challenges of Social Impact Investment
DII 2nd Seminar : Modern Tools for Complex Business and Societal Challenges/Opportunities
DII 1st Seminar : TICAD and the trends in digital agriculture

Papers on DII

Features of ecosystems to advance disruptive inclusive innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals: Five global case studies [SciREX-WP-2020-#05]

Iizuka, Michiko & Gerald Hane, 2021, Transformation towards sustainable development goals: Role of innovation ecosystems for inclusive, disruptive advances in five Asian case studies, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2021-001

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