Responsible Innovation for Tackling Grand Challenges: Framing and Serendipity in the Emergence of Knowledge Commons

Madeleine Rauch, Shahzad Ansari

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We contribute to literatures on platforms and responsible innovation by drawing on the case of Patient Innovation – a non-profit medical platform – focused on innovations by patients to find solutions for rare diseases that are typically neglected by the medical industry.Using a framing lens, we explore the role of serendipity in the creation and development of this platform. Initially launched as a “research platform” aimed at generating scientific publications, it turned into a “help society platform” aimed at creating wider social impact.We examine how this shift toward socially responsible innovation occurred. We develop a model illustrating how actors frame and reframe different situations as they interact and how this may lead to a tilt towards responsible innovation despite not initially targeting such a goal.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2020
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event[CANCELLED] SMS Special Conference Berkeley: Designing the Future: Strategy, Technology, and Society in the 4th Industrial Revolution - University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, United States
Duration: 25 Mar 202027 Mar 2020


Conference[CANCELLED] SMS Special Conference Berkeley
LocationUniversity of California, Berkeley
CountryUnited States
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