A transition to a sustainable economy requires complex learning processes and fundamental innovations. Due to the inherent path dependencies and the short-term focus of politics and business, this cannot be delivered solely by national politics, international negotiation processes and mainstream industries.
CSOs should get more actively and strategically involved in catalysing bottom-up innovation initiatives as well as supporting and linking up change agents who otherwise remain isolated in their communities and organisations.
Importantly the new practices and models need to support the transition from an economy configured to maximise economic growth to one that operates within ecological limits and maximises societal wellbeing.
Furthermore, innovations need to be scaled up and mainstreamed and be part of a bigger story that tips the system towards the new paradigm.
These processes of innovation, with their phases of experimentation, scaling up and mainstreaming offer a variety of roles that CSOs should take on as an ecosystem of organisations, each fulfilling their particular role and playing to their particular strengths…
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