SIRN’s vision is to create synergies between traditional knowledge and modern technologies to globalize the grassroots – bring the most sustainable, local and rural solutions, products and services from all corners of the globe – ranging from grassroots or rural agricultural innovations to traditional arts and crafts – to the rest of the world.
To accomplish this, SIRN supports and incentivizes grassroots and rural innovators to develop business models that utilize the latest technologies to globalize and monetize their traditional know-how and grassroots innovations in order to diversify directions of knowledge and value flows from the current predominantly top down flow of innovations and know-how, to a bottom-up and multi-directional flow of knowledge and value.
Instead of bringing the benefits of the latest technologies to the grassroots in a top down or unidirectional manner, SIRN’s vision is to diversify directions of knowledge and value flows – from the current predominantly top down flow of innovations and know-how, to a bottom-up and multi-directional flow of knowledge and value that ensures inclusive and sustainable socio-economic development on terms dictated by indigenous and rural innovators.
Flow of knowledge
SIRN is a collaborative venture comprising of partners representing non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, businesses and individuals.
SIRN’s Mission is to create economically beneficial, research-based synergies between traditional and modern knowledge systems and innovations based in these systems. SIRN conducts multi-disciplinary, fundamental and applied research and education, aimed at identifying the strengths of sustainable grassroots and TK based innovations on one hand, and finding means of protecting, incentivizing and disseminating these innovations across the globe, on the other.
Further, SIRN’s mission is to facilitate the creation of start-ups and joint ventures that utilize modern technologies like AI and blockchain to support wider dissemination of grassroots and traditional knowledge-based innovations, for the socio-economic benefit of indigenous and rural communities.
SIRN conducts its work through its triple helix structure comprising of three interconnected departments supporting, imparting and conducting Sustainable Innovations, Research and Education.
SIRN particularly supports sustainable innovation and multi-disciplinary research and education projects that are closely and actively linked with promoting one or more of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, especially, but not exclusively, where these projects seek to study, understand and determine the real impact of TK and grassroots innovations from the world over. SIRN is actively involved with applying for EU funds, as well as to other possible funding sources to conduct its innovation, research and education.
SIRN’s Innovation department facilitates the creation and incubation of start-ups and joint ventures that support the sustainable monetization and globalization of grassroots innovations through appropriate business models, using, as needed, latest technologies such as blockchain and AI. Start-ups incubated with SIRN have access to its network of partners, expert advisors as well as research and educational curriculums.
At each step, SIRN is committed to making sure that the start-ups and JVs it supports, operate ethically and inclusively, ensuring that all local communities contributing to preserving and innovating upon traditional or grassroots know-how, obtain the well-deserved social, economic and environmental benefits therefrom. The very first start-up supported by SIRN is ReSeed.
SIRN’s Research department studies, explores, understands and publishes multi-disciplinary individual and collaborative research on means through which latest technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain etc. can be used to equitably globalize grassroots innovations and innovations based in traditional/local knowledge. The research department also conducts state of the art fundamental and applied research on grassroots/traditional knowledge/know-how, particularly their advantages from the perspective of sustainability and inclusiveness, without prejudice, engaging top researchers from the world’s best research institutions.
SIRN aims to convert its research findings into Start-Ups/JVs that bring TK and grassroots innovations to the market in the form of concrete products and services, thus accomplishing its vision of globalizing grassroots. SIRN’s research department also supports individual masters, PhD and post-doctoral research that have the potential to support its vision.
SIRN’s education department designs and imparts educational curriculums for student groups as well as young professionals from diverse disciplinary backgrounds and industries, in developed as well as developing countries. These educational curriculums impart, inter alia, hands-on, practical as well as theoretical education associated with traditional as well as modern knowledge and knowledge systems. It also imparts leadership training, as well as training in business design and entrepreneurship and team building skills together with its various cooperation partners.
Through its Globalizing Grassroots education and training programs, SIRN also seeks to inspire groups of students, young professionals and grassroots/rural representatives to jointly float start-ups/cottage industries.
SIRN’s partners contribute their expertise to one or more of the SIRN departments.
SIRN ADVISORY BOARD
SIRN’s advisory board recommends and evaluates SIRN’s work and progresss. It consists of representatives from academia, industry, NGOs and civil society.