Grassroots innovations

Spatial patterns of grassroots innovation for sustainability in Great Britain and Italy

Anisa Butt

Grassroots innovations (GI) are “networks of activists and organizations generating novel bottom-up solutions for sustainable development” (Seyfang and Smith, 2007). Such innovations are progressive movements encouraging practices towards widespread sustainability. In light of the deepening environmental and financial crisis primarily climate change, shrinking supplies of cheap fossil fuels (Peak oil), unsustainable endless economic expansion, and the apparent downfalls of the current economic model made visible by the 2008 financial crisis, GIs have attracted much attention.

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