The Future Of Innovation ... Global Collaboration On Global Challenges

Ms Sherrie-Lee Samuel

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The 21st century has seen the advent of unprecedented global challenges that are placing increasing pressure on the ability of mankind to cope. With foreboding predictions of rising temperatures expected to create a global food crisis by the end of the century and oil reserves estimated to last just 41 more years, it is no longer sufficient for countries to tackle major global crises alone.


In challenge-led innovation, ideas are often sparked from the creativity of individuals but the implementation of the concept is rarely due to the efforts of one. Collaboration creates opportunities for ideas to be analysed, improved and shaped into a workable solutions. But what makes collaboration so important is the contribution and experience of diverse groups who can commit substantial resources to effectively tackle major global issues.

Collaboration at this level is not without its own problems. International collaboration is littered with legalities as countries enter into agreements or memorandums of understanding long before the real work begins. As treaties like the Kyoto Protocol has demonstrated, agreements can take years to scope and is often a time-consuming part of global partnerships.


It is also not without its opposition so is collaboration the best way forward? The question is not around a justification for the benefits of collaboration but about what alternatives exist to addressing global challenges if not an international endeavour? In this case, nations stand alone, resources are stretched and the knowledge that comes with true partnership is lost.


Collaboration is an essential ingredient in successfully addressing these global crises and it is only with commitment across borders that nations can begin to protect the future now. Whilst it is true that there is still a long way to go, countries with the resources necessary to mobilise quickly and effectively continue to be models for the role of collaboration in the future of innovation.


Article © 2009 Ms Sherrie-Lee Samuel. All rights reserved.

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Ms Sherrie-Lee Samuel

Ms Sherrie-Lee Samuel

affiliation:   Science And Technology Facilities Council

position:  PrepSKA Project Manager; Astronomy Division

country:  United Kingdom

area of interest:  Challenge-led innovation

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