Bertelsmann Stiftung (ed.)

Good practices in mission-oriented innovation strategies and their implementation

Innovation for Transformation – Results Paper 1

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Modern innovation policies should target in equal measure both economic competitiveness and societal progress. They should be informed by ambitious, overarching principles-based strategies that enable us to formulate specific political goals, or missions. We also need governance structures that allow for the agile, participatory and inclusive implementation of innovation policy measures. Presenting good examples of such strategies and structures at work in the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Sweden, Canada and Japan, our study examines what these examples have to offer in terms of lessons learned that are relevant for Germany and Europe.

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. Additional results papers in the “Innovation for Transformation” series address issues such as

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

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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.

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

(Reinhard Mohn)