Unlocking resilience through autonomous innovation, 2016. ODI.
Authors: Aditya Bahadur and Julian Doczi
This paper draws on alternative approaches to innovation to present the concept of Autonomous Innovation as an important approach/process for enhancing resilience to range of shocks and stresses, including climate change.
Autonomous innovations have five key characteristics: they are inductive (bottom-up); indigenous and suited to local cultural norms; inexpensive and frugal; developed through subjective processes that rely on the innovator’s intuition; and entail a high degree of iteration through trial and error.
This is in contrast with innovations arising from more structured, expert-led and resource-intensive research and development processes and standardised business procedures.