Innovation Lab - Conservation Science Partners
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Innovation at CSP

Our Vision

To lead new approaches to solving conservation problems that integrate human ingenuity and the creativity of nature.

Innovation and Creativity at CSP

At CSP, we define innovation as effective, creative change that improves our capacity to support and protect living systems. We define creativity as inventiveness or the use of imagination or original ideas to create something.

Since CSP’s inception, we set out to test what happens when we put creativity and innovation at the core of our conservation mission. We began with a lot of questions: What does it look like in practice “to apply human ingenuity to the preservation of species, populations, and ecosystems”? How do our days and projects flow if we truly value and cultivate the precious renewable resource of human creativity? How deeply can we align our imaginations with the wild creativity of nature? On what creative practices from elsewhere – analytics, art, social innovation – might we draw to do our work better and enjoy it more?

These explorations extend across all dimensions of our work. We seek to envision and create:

  • New technical tools and platforms that track rapidly emerging technologies and data sources
  • New ways of visualizing data and communicating the patterns and processes of a dynamic world influenced by our decisions
  • New collaborative and facilitative approaches that hybridize best practices of creativity across many fields and deepen connections among people, nature, and bodies of knowledge
  • New ways to open our own creative doors through creative boundary-pushing individually, within teams, and in partnership
  • Possible futures that connect human ingenuity, the diversity of human thought and experience, and vibrant living systems

The Innovation Lab is not a physical space or fixed group but sets of mobile, multidisciplinary teams – of CSP staff, stakeholders, and creative partners from within and outside of conservation – selected and structured around the goals and needs of each project. Together we explore the core challenge through multiple lenses, create prototypes, and conduct experiments at key moments in the inception, development, and transition of projects. This process allows us to rapidly ratchet up the creativity of our work, while refining processes and products continuously towards each project’s most essential needs and goals.

At CSP, we define innovation as effective, creative change that improves our capacity to support and protect living systems.

Technical Innovation

New scientific approaches that track rapidly emerging technologies and data sources

Visual Innovation

New means of data visualization that illuminate dynamic patterns, processes, and consequences of our decisions

Interdisciplinary Innovation

New synthetic approaches that advance and deepen creative connections across bodies of knowledge

Process Innovation

New collaborative methods that enable us to work effectively with a wide range of partners and sectors

Futures Innovation

New visions of possible futures that account for natural dynamics, human ingenuity, uncertainties, and multiple pathways