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.

Why Innovate?

The living world, our social context, and their dynamics change continuously. At CSP, we seek to integrate the two deepest sources of creativity — insights from nature and human ingenuity — to meet the emergent challenges of an evolving world. Our ultimate goal is to support vibrant, resilient living systems through inspired human engagement drawn from diverse sources of knowledge.

The CSP Creative Process

We seek to set the bar for creative, highest-quality conservation science. And we know that science alone is not enough. Our process brings together multidisciplinary teams — core staff with deep ecological knowledge alongside land managers, policy leaders, artists, designers, business developers, and health care providers — to integrate multiple perspectives and best practices of creativity and innovation from many different fields.

The Innovation Lab is not a physical space or fixed group but a mobile, multidisciplinary team — CSP staff, stakeholders, and creative partners — selected and structured around the particular 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 final 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 ways of visualizing data and communicating the patterns and processes of a dynamic world and consequences of our decisions

Interdisciplinary Innovation

New methods in collaborative science and deep listening that advance and deepen connections across bodies of knowledge

Process Innovation

New forms of collaboration and social innovation that enable us to work effectively with a wide range of partners and sectors

Futures Innovation

New ways of envisioning possible futures that incorporate natural dynamics, human ingenuity, uncertainties, and multiple pathways