Bertelsmann Stiftung (ed.)

An agenda for the future: Innovation for transformation

Innovation for Transformation – Results Paper 5

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Innovative capacity is essential to economic and technological competitiveness, and to solving the major problems we face as a society. Innovations developed under favorable conditions are the fundamental driver of transformative change targeting a societally and ecologically sustainable economic and social order. Drawing on the variety of good strategies and policies identified by our global research, we present actionable recommendations in formulating a modern innovation policy.

The results of this study are published as a results paper within the framework of the Reinhard Mohn Prize 2020 project , “Fostering Innovation. Unlocking potential.” This Bertelsmann Stiftung project is tasked with identifying promising mechanisms, institutions and strategies that could be applied to efforts advancing innovative capacity in Germany and Europe. The twofold aim of such efforts is to ensure, for one, that we remain technologically – and thus economically – competitive. But just as important is the need to address societal challenges while ensuring humane, democratic and inclusive economic development.

With this vision in mind, the Bertelsmann Stiftung conducted an extensive international good-practice research study and, in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI, bundled the findings into four so-called results papers in the “Innovation for Transformation” series. They address issues such as

This final publication in the series, An agenda for the future: Innovation for Transformation, presents a summary of the results papers’ overarching conclusions.

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Cover Fostering Innovation. Unlocking Potential.

In order to remain competitive and overcome the challenges we face in society, both Germany and Europe must promote their innovation capacity. We are looking for strategies and instruments that might help us with this.

Cover Reinhard Mohn Prize

"To innovate, learn and make a difference works best by throwing a glance over our frontiers."

(Reinhard Mohn)