Humanitarian Innovation Laboratory

Centre for Innovation Research and ISPIM invites all interested to join the online webinar on "Learning in the Humanitarian Innovation Laboratory" by professor John Bessant.

Humanitarian innovation (HI) has been a powerful mother to a wide range of inventions. But the continuing ability of disaster to surprise us and the scale of misery which it brings mean that humanitarian innovation capacity is at a premium. This webinar will review some of the developments in the field of HI and debate following questions:
• What is humanitarian innovation?
• How can the innovation management field benefit from HI experience?
• How can responsible innovation concerns be addressed in HI?

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Professor John Bessant
Originally a chemical engineer, John Bessant has been active in the field of research and consultancy in technology and innovation management for over 35 years. He is currently holds the Chair in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Exeter and has visiting appointments at the universities of Erlangen-Nuremburg (Germany) and Stavanger (Norway). In 2003 he was elected a Fellow of the British Academy of Management and in 2016 a Fellow of the International Society for Professional Innovation Management (ISPIM). He has acted as advisor to various national governments, international bodies (including the United Nations, World Bank and OECD) and to many public and private sector organizations. He is the author of 30 books and many articles on the topic and has lectured and consulted widely around the world.