INCLUSIVE has contributed to the workshop "Industrial Commons as a tool to drive innovation in Europe"

There are many views and opinions on the terminology “Industrial Commons”.  Similar to the traditional “commons” concept, e.g. land, water and air, considered as goods used in common, the EC takes “industrial commons” to mean R&D-derived knowledge, engineering and manufacturing supported with public funding as a tool to grow innovation. 

There is no doubt that research and innovation (R&I) collaboration between skilled people, busi­nesses and research institutions may lead to significant knowledge spillovers, conducive to innovation. 

European research and innovation (R&I) projects can be considered as open innovation networks. These networks have the potential to boost the innovative capacity of the involved players. Undeniably, R&I projects are potential cradles of innovation. Near the end of a project, collaboration has reached a mature stage and the involved players are keen to see the next steps unfolding. The intentions may be, to bring earmarked products to the market, and/or to create a start-up, and/or to develop a new business model. However, there is a lack of financial follow-up support by the time an R&I collaboration ends.

In such a context, the “industrial commons” concept may prove an effective and sustainable tool for innovation, powerful enough to bring about complete new industries.