Developments & Sustainable Initiatives: reflections

SustainabilityMind2Innovate partners and affiliated experts have long been sharing a rather extended experience related to the transformation of research, innovation and piloting projects into long-term oriented ventures and successful sustainable initiatives. In most of the cases these evolutions had to do with the launching of exchange mechanisms to share European “good practice” as well as visionary work and validation & impact assessment schemes, in the fields of learning and human capital quality, including competitiveness, equity and the societal prospects. Such sustainable initiatives have led to not only European but also to long-term cooperation between European and Latin American and other non-European regional stakeholders, an indispensable legacy valorized via the operations of the MENON Network (EEIG), e.g in fields related to the Information Society, with the VIT@LIS network. The latter had been counting more than 400 members all over the two regions, active in exchanging experiences and solutions in the fields of e-learning, e-health, e-government, e-inclusion, etc. Similar initiatives have been launched in the field of learning innovation, like the Learnovation Roundtable , which had been run as an aggregation of the main European networks, active in the field of ICT and innovation in Education and Training systems.

Mind2Innovate has deployed and it is pursuing the approach of the network-based sustainability. This concept is grounded on the idea that, in typical international collaboration processes and even more in knowledge-intensive ones, sustainability cannot be based on individual results or on individual institutions, but must rely on the capacity to link with dynamic structures (the networks) that establish continuity of action in a given field of activity. This allows avoiding some typical problems of sustainability and exploitation activities, such as the tendency of treating research results and services as “own products” and of “marketing” them, therefore losing credibility among stakeholders, or the practice of relying on a single actor to make the results of a specific project sustainable, whether within the project – typically the project coordinator, or outside the project, typically a possible funding agency.

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