What is an Innovation Society and do we want to be one?

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by Aditya Dev Sood on Tuesday, February 26, 2013


Session type

Technical level


Building common ground on what an innovation society might look like and whether we want to become one. Building partnerships and alliances to take steps towards building an innovation society Transforming education, public practice, media, values and policy with this vision in mind.


This workshop asks participants for their understanding of innovation. Then it moves to the question of an 'innovation society.' What does that word mean to people? What of that is desired and what is not? Are we prepared to become an innovation society? What must we do to prepare our young people for it?

A second arc describes skills necessary to navigate and negotiate an innovation society, focusing on techniques of innovation, organization building and leadership.

The third and final phase on this short workshop focusses on what people are willing to do about it. What steps are they willing to take to transform education, public values, public perceptions, public knowledge about innovation?


No requirements beyond an interest in the question. Skeptics welcome.

Speaker bio

Aditya Dev Sood is Chairman of the Adianta School for Leadership and Innovation based in New Delhi. He is the founder of the Center for Knowledge Societies (CKS) and of the Bihar Innovation Lab (BIL). He posts frequently at www.designpublic.in/blog and more occasionally at www.3quarksdaily.com. He is a former Fulbright Scholar and has two doctorates from the University of Chicago. His recent writings on India's Innovation Future draw from his prior academic life as well as his past decade in innovation consulting for emerging economies.