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Innovative Communities


Innovative Communities

Hari Srinivas
Continuing Research Series E-009. May 2015

Innovative communities are able to bring in new methods, ideas, etc. to improve their environment, and initiate changes through human intelligence and knowledge, especially of imaginative thought or artistic ability.

This page has been created to help the leaders, managers and innovators in communities world-wide to successfully tackle the wide variety of challenges that they face, and turn it to the competitive advantage of their community and the region in which they are located.

One-Pagers on Innovative Communities
Concepts related to Innovative Communities
Case Studies on Innovative Communities

  • Also see GDRC's programmes on Microfinance and Informal Sector for more information on poverty.
    The term 'innovative communities' was first put forth through a joint initiative of the United Nations University (in Tokyo, Japan) and the United Nations Environment Programme (in Osaka, Japan). Some of the resources presented in this page are drawn from the Initiative's work.

    The section on 'Concepts related to Innovative Communities' was written by Ms. Regan Reader.

    Contributions to this section are welcome! Please send an email to Hari Srinivas at -

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