10 Questions: What’s the Best Route to an innovative – Through City Hall or the Slum?

Delhi_India_Slum_January_2011Does urban innovation get its start from governmental institutions and mandates, or through social movements and mass advocacy? Whereas city hall may plan for the greatest number of possible futures, local community structures are often the backbone of a household’s decision-making. The road to innovation is paved in action, and neither city hall nor the communities it serves can afford to sit back and wait. Fletcher research has focused on this question through our Financial Inclusion research group within the Institute for Business in the Global Context.

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As part of our “10 Questions” Series, we delve into hard questions of international business not easily answered by a single book, class, discipline, or school of thought. They herald a future where the world and the world of business are ever more interconnected, where decisions can’t be made in a bubble, where real expertise demands deep ‘contextual intelligence.’ This series reflects that contextual intelligence we cultivate in our students in the MIB program.

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