Why are we overlooking civil society in the innovation process?
The challenges we are facing globally are complex and call for a reconfiguration of constellations across sectors in finding solutions. Traditionally the innovation process has been dominated by the industry, the public sector and research. However, the civil society possesses great creative competences too and we need to include these undervalued actors in order to let innovative solutions flourish. By bringing different voices together in new types of collaborations we avoid overlooking blind spots because every actor has specific competences and focus points. The RiConfigure project exists to make cross-sectoral collaborations thrive and overcome the challenges that the actors might face. There is a strength in including more diverse voices in the dynamic process, as diversity creates resilience and representativeness. Together we are stronger and can come up with more holistic solutions that could not otherwise have been developed had the civil society not been actively part of creating it.