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Collaboration for Sustainability and Innovation: A Role For Sustainability Driven by the Global South?

A Cross-Border, Multi-Stakeholder Perspective

Vazquez-Brust, Diego A., Sarkis, Joseph, Cordeiro, James J. (Eds.)

2014, XXV, 322 p. 12 illus., 7 illus. in color.

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  • Provides tools and models for cross-border collaboration for innovation and sustainability, especially building on models developed in the South that are transferable to the North
  • Applies the tools of innovation science to the pursuit of sustainable economics
  • Shows how traditional models of exploitation and consumption can be improved for the benefit of all
A number of arguments are made by an international group of authors in this though provoking book about an understudied and socially important context. A future in which financial wealth transfers across the North-South divide from richer to poorer countries is far from sufficient for the relief of poverty and the pursuit of sustainability. Caution must be taken when growth is achieved through the liquidation of the natural wealth of poorer nations, in order to maintain a global economic status quo. Neither poverty reduction nor sustainability will ultimately be achieved. The financial collapse and social upheaval that might result will make the most recent economic downturn look trivial by comparison. What is more urgently needed instead, as argued in this book, is collaboration for sustainability and innovation in the global South, especially building on models originally developed in the South that are transferable to the North. In pursuit of a sustainable and more equitable future, the book examines such topics as Cross-Border Innovation in South-North Fair Trade Supply Chains; Potential Pollution Prevention Programs in Bangladesh; Digital Literacy and Social Inclusion in the South through Collective Storytelling and Eco-innovation at the ‘Bottom of the Pyramid’. Many of these stories and have not been told and need greater visibility. The book contributes in a meaningfully to the discussion of how innovation and sustainability science can benefit both sides in South-North innovation collaborations. It provides useful introduction to the topics, as well as valuable critiques and best practices. This back-and-forth flow of ideas and innovation is itself new and promising in the modern pursuit of a fair and sustainable future for all regions of our planet.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » South-North collaboration - cross-border innovation - equitable futures - multi-stakeholder - sustainable development

Related subjects » Economics - Social Sciences - Sustainable Development

Table of contents 

Foreword.- Chapter 1: Collaboration for Sustainability and Innovation in the Global South: A cross-border, multi-stakeholder perspective.- Chapter 2: Challenges of cross-border collaboration: knowledge networks for innovation and sustainability in the Global South.- Chapter 3: The role of expatriates in cross-subsidiary collaboration.- Chapter 4: The roles of first and second tier suppliers in Greening International Supply Chains.- Chapter 5: Cross-Border Innovation in South-North Fair Trade Supply Chains: The opportunities and problems of integrating fair trade governance into northern public procurement.- Chapter 6: Transboundary Conservation through hybrid partnerships: a comparative analysis of forest projects.- Chapter 7: Multi-stakeholder international governance initiatives: Addressing the challenges of ASM sector in Ghana.- Chapter 8: Implementing a Developing Country’s Global Environmental Commitments: Industry Perspectives on Potential Pollution Prevention Programs in Bangladesh.- Chapter 9: Technology Adaptation and Assimilation of Takakura for Promoting Environmental Protection in Surabaya (Indonesia) through City Level Cooperation.- Chapter 10: Collaboration and Partnership in the Context of Indian CSR: The Global Compact Local Network and the I4D Project.- Chapter 11: Innovation, Investment, Enterprise: Generating Sustainable Livelihood at Grassroots through Honey Bee philosophy.- Chapter 12: Fantasías 2.0: Digital Literacy and Social Inclusion in the South through Collective Storytelling.- Chapter 13: Innovative Sustainable Partnership between UNESP and a rural community: the Bamboo Project.- Chapter 14: “The Biofuels Program”: Decreasing rural poverty and environmental deterioration through cooperative land-use innovation.- Chapter 15: Eco-innovation at the ‘Bottom of the Pyramid’.- Index.

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