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Towards a definition of biocultural heritage innovations in light of the mainstream innovation literature

Graham Dutfield

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The purpose of this short paper is to address the question of how far a definition of biocultural heritage-based innovation should or should not be based upon the mainstream thinking on innovation. Most of the economics of innovation literature focuses on corporations, business sectors and on national policy and regulatory frameworks. This suggests that the context is so different that it will not be of much use to the SIFOR (Smallholder innovation for resilience) project. Indeed, given the cultural and spiritual values of indigenous peoples and their quite distinct yet varied lifestyles and modes of social organisation, it might be that innovation needs to be understood quite differently. Innovation is universal, but it is highly diverse.

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