RIBRI – Radical Innovation Breakthrough Inquirer
Horizon scanning for radical innovation breakthroughs
RIBRI is built on a major recent cutting-edge and highly successful forward-looking activity that followed very similar goals and steps as the Finnish Radical Technology Inquirer (RTI), which was commissioned by the Parliament of Finland in 2013 and updated in 2016. The core element adopted from the RTI is the “sense-making framework”, i.e. the use of the two central notions “Radical Innovation Breakthrough (RIB)” and future “Global Value Networks (GVN)” in structuring and interpreting the results of a systematic horizon scanning.
The notions on the theoretical framework are based on the Multi-Level-Perspective (MLP) on socio-technical change developed by leading innovation researchers such as Johan Schot and Frank Geels (2007). The MLP conceptualises the evolution of socio-technical trajectories as a continuous interplay of societal, technical, political, and economic developments on three levels: the macro-level Landscape, the meso-level Regime and the micro-level Niches. In particular, it describes the emergence of new socio-technical regimes out of protected niches through various possible transition pathways e.g. initiated by pressures from the landscape level.