Communities that are innovative have been able to transform old structures, institutional and social arrangements into emergent new structural arrangements. An integral part of a community’s ability to innovate is opening space for knowledge transfer, collaboration and creativity. Engaging a community’s social capital allows various communities to bridge the gaps in knowledge and skills regarding how we engage linked social-ecological systems.

The diagram below explores the importance of key concepts related to innovation that have emerged from the data we have collected over the last 12 years. The overall square totals 100% with each of the smaller squares showing how much each concept contributed to innovation. The size of each square illuminates the importance of that particular concept.