Understanding and applying the concept of innovative communities, to achieve sustainable development
Sustainable Development: Innovative Communities
Innovativenes > Creativity + Originality
Creativity has to do with the ability to bring something new into existence. However, a person may conceive of something new and visualize its usefulness, but not take the necessary action to turn it to reality. Originality is a related term of creating a solution that is different an dunique.
Innovation is the process of doing new things to transform creative and original ideas into useful applications. Therefore, innovativeness is more than creativity. Creativity is the ability to generate new ideas and solutions. Innovativeness goes beyond in including the adaptation and implementation of new ideas.
In understanding innovativeness, we look at novelty - Does the innovative idea represent a leap of creativity? Effectiveness - Is there evidence of tangible results? Significance: Does the innovation address a problem of public concern? Transferability: Can the innovation, or elements of it, be adopted by others?
Applying these ideas to the level of a community - in enabling the community to develop innovative ideas for its survival - whether to conserve the environment or to prepare for a disaster or to survive economically - is an innovation in itself!
Look at the following examples of communities in Japan that have developed ideas to reduce and reuse/recycle the wastes it generated: