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Innovation offers potential: to cure diseases, to better connect people, and to make the way we live and work more efficient and enjoyable. At the same time, innovation can fuel inequality, decimate livelihoods, and harm mental health. This book contends that inclusive innovation - innovation motivated by environmental and social aims - is able to uplift the benefits of innovation while reducing its harms.

For us, the term “inclusive innovation” describes the pursuit of innovation that has social (and environmental) aims, and local context, at its heart. As we strive to bridge the gaps in practice, we are focused on also recalibrating a mismatch in language and lexicon. We believe that in some cases, those who are doing inclusive innovation are not adequately acknowledged, and so policy is not designed as effectively as it could be, and more generally, the ecosystem is not as collaborative, or inclusive, as it has the potential to be.

Across 2021 we crowdsourced and captured the latest emerging trends and examples and personal stories related to inclusive innovation. Some of our labs ran primarily through network collaborations and gleaned points of view from across the spectrum and diverse ecosystems. In this sense- we learned from individuals working on the ground, in academia, intermediary organizations and among government. These stories are featured throughout the book.

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No payment nor any financial gain from the proceeds of this book go to the coauthors or contributors. Our team has worked hard to make this book open access and free for the world. This has been a volunteer endeavor as a fully academic book published by Routledge Press which sells hard copies and other formats to the public as well. We would like to thank our advisory review group of nearly 30 incredible practitioners and thought leaders whom are noted in the opening acknowledgements section as well.

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