SOURCE: Institute for Large-Scale Innovation

Institute for Large-Scale Innovation

February 14, 2011 09:05 ET

Innovation Leaders From Twenty-Two Nations Convene at U.S. State Department, Ushering in New Era of Collaboration Around Global Challenges

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - February 14, 2011) - Innovation leaders from twenty-two developed and emerging economies across six continents who are part of the non-governmental group the "i20" recently assembled at the US State Department with senior members of the US government for the i20 Annual Summit. Organized around the theme of "Marshalling Innovation to Address Global Grand Challenges," the meeting provided a unique platform for policymakers and thought leaders to exchange case studies, share best practices, and discuss how innovation capacities can be mobilized to address pressing global issues such as climate change, disease, poverty, and security.

"In an increasingly connected and economically interdependent world, the challenges we face transcend national borders and cannot be solved by any single government or organization," said Dr. John Kao, founder and chairman of Institute for Large-Scale Innovation (ILSI) that supports the i20. "This Summit marked a turning point in harnessing the collective intelligence and experience of so many innovation leaders, not for the benefit of any single enterprise or country, but to help address major problems facing global society."

Through keynote presentations, facilitated discussions, and interactive sessions, the Summit engaged leaders of the US government innovation community, including US State Department Senior Advisor for Innovation Alec Ross, Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra, and White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) Deputy Director for Policy Tom Kalil, in dialogue with innovation leaders from countries including Abu Dhabi, Australia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Finland, Germany, Japan, Norway, Rwanda, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, and the United Kingdom.

"Much as governments have convened on topics from nuclear non-proliferation to economic cooperation, now is the time to highlight the importance of innovation, and to convene global actors to help us address the grand challenges of the 21st century," said Alec Ross.

Dr. Lars Aukrust, ILSI board member and counselor for science and technology, Royal Norwegian Embassy, said: "Addressing global challenges will involve finding new ways to work together on the innovation efforts of a variety of countries for the common good in such areas as research policy, fiscal incentives and regulation, a process that we accelerated at this year's Summit."

In addition to structured and informal dialogues, the Summit included presentations on the national innovation strategies of the United States and China, as well as specific innovation initiatives underway at governmental and non-governmental organizations such as the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the X-Prize Foundation.

Summit attendees pledged to increase dialogue with their counterparts from other nations on national and public-private innovation agendas, paving the way for potential official partnerships between governments, corporations, philanthropic organizations, and non-profits.

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About ILSI and i20
The Institute for Large-Scale Innovation (ILSI) is the first-ever non-profit organization of its kind dedicated to mobilizing innovation capacity for the common good and enabling societies to achieve their full innovation potential. The organization believes that new innovation strategies, tools, and competencies are required as we move into a new kind of global innovation economy that is evolving at a time of unprecedented disruption and turmoil. ILSI defines innovation as the set of capabilities -- whether individual, enterprise, or societal -- that allows the continuous realization of a desired future by transforming what is possible into what is valuable. The Innovation 20, or "i20," is a community of senior government officials and advisors, scientists, research and innovation policymakers, and other experts representing twenty-seven countries in six continents. For further information, please visit: