Systemic design for sustainable territorial development: from systemic incubator to ecosystem definition to support local eco-entrepreneurship and obtain autopoietic local economics
With Chiara Battistoni - Phd in Management, Production and Design Politecnico di Torino
Nowadays, the linear production models should be reconsidered to meet future challenges and the current need for sustainability at the economic, social and environmental level. Holistic thinking is needed to tackle complexity and producing a shift in production and economic models reaching a Blue and Circular economy.
Systemic Design (SD) demonstrated to be an approach able to connect the territory, design and environmental issues creating a local sustainable development and designing out waste. Despite their high value, the implementation of SD complex projects is difficult due to several reasons.
Currently, the implementation of innovation projects is mainly delegated to Business Incubators which are not considering the environmental impact of these new ventures. To design a new kind of Incubator which can support the implementation of SD complex projects, the research cross SD, entrepreneurship and environmental sustainability, understanding how best support this implementation to obtain sustainable local development.
The gap in literature approaching environmental sustainability in innovation implementation is overpassed through case studies find through field research and a multiple case study analysis was conducted among them. A focus was on the Scottish Ecosystem, a forerunner country. Through this study, the first draft of a new systemic Incubator was designed. This concept evolved finally in the design of an ecosystem able to stimulate and foster the born and the implementation of eco-innovative systemic projects with the goal to create and support autopoietic local economies.