Integration of economic and solution-driven innovation policy rationalities. Innovation policy studies to support the preparation of the Reinhard Mohn Preis 2020
With a view to the presentation of the Reinhard Mohn Prize 2020, Fraunhofer ISI supports the Bertelsmann Stiftung in the professional and scientific preparation of the award ceremony. The Reinhard Mohn Prize 2020 is entitled “Forstering Innovation. Unlocking Potential”. The selection of this topic is based on the fact that Germany and Europe are facing two interrelated challenges:
- Innovative capacities in Europe and in Germany threaten to dwindle and, as a result, the continent could fall behind the United States and China in key areas.
- Europe and the world are facing existential social and ecological challenges that have found their strongest global expression to date in the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
These two challenges are often addressed independently of each other or even as contradictions. The project follows a radically different approach. It is based on the hypothesis that the productive combination of the two paradigms, “fostering innovative capacities and technological competitiveness” and “solving social problems through innovation”, can generate positive effects and open up new potentials. The project therefore identifies and analyzes those political initiatives and approaches that explicitly strive for this integration and are capable of effectively combining them.