Interventions from the floor
In the current context of intensified global competition combined with economic crisis and restructuring, innovation is recognized as a key driver to enhance or restore countries’ and territorial competitiveness. Systems for innovation are key integrated settings that concur to define the capacity of a country and/or a territory to convert its economic potential (tangible and intangible assets) into competitive advantages on a global scale. As part of a holistic vision, innovation, learning and technological development are conceived as systemic activities involving many and diverse economic actors in a gradual, cumulative, and dynamic process of collective learning. The ‘localization’ of innovation processes in relation to specific territorial settings and their related structures of production, organizations and supportive institutional set-ups is crucial to understand them and disclose their potential as vehicles of enhanced competitiveness. A further critical and challenging issue – as economic growth is insufficiently associated to inclusion and well-being – is the integration of the notion of innovation systems with the one of inclusive innovation, addressing and combining the specificities of both paradigms.