Innovations in global health, food security and climate change do not happen in a vacuum; in fact, the coming of age of product-development partnerships in global health, of public-private interactions in food security, and the rise of multi-stakeholder partnerships across industries are increasingly marked by how well individuals and institutions are networked. Indeed, the value of networks cannot be understated as the most effective entities are those with the most dynamic networks. Just like the emerging Internet of Things (IoT), these organizations build collaborative partnerships, exchange information, maintain networks to share tacit and explicit knowledge among its members.

And “cultivating” innovation is all about cross-cultural understanding—and, above all, appreciation—and mutual trust.

Fortunately, new technological developments, such as blockchain applications (especially if coupled with artificial intelligence approaches), can help in this regard. They are not a panacea, but promise solutions to many thorny problems hitherto unresolved. Coupled with insights from the sharing economy and the creative management of intellectual property (IP), a new age of innovation is before us.

Genius can flourish anywhere, and the emerging global systems of innovation, potentially powered by blockchain applications and the sharing economy alike, open up new prospects for innovation everywhere. This notion has profound implications for the management of innovation, technology transfer, market competition, and economic development in every country, regardless of its economic status.

We strive through our advisory and management services, partnerships, collaborations, training courses and seminars, to encourage all of us to take greater advantage of the unprecedented opportunity and benefit from novel technological, organizational and strategic approaches aimed at promoting public welfare—especially those people who have, until now, been unable to partake in technology’s benefits—and that this will contribute to building a healthier and more equitable world.

– Anatole Krattiger –