Enhancing innovation between scientific and indigenous knowledge: pioneer NGOs in India
Maria Costanza Torri and Julie Laplante, Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine 2009, 5:29, doi: 10.1186/1746-4269-5-29

This paper focuses on how local communities, in a network of supportive partnerships, draw knowledge from others, combine it with their own knowledge and then innovate in their local practices. Innovation, as discussed in this article, is the capacity of local stakeholders to play an active role in innovative knowledge creation in order to enhance local health practices and further environmental conservation. The case study analyzed highlights examples of innovation systems in a developmental context. They demonstrate that networks comprised of several actors from different levels can synergistically forge linkages between local knowledge and formal sciences and generate positive and negative impacts. The positive impact is the revitalization of perceived traditions while the negative impacts pertain to the transformation of these traditions into health commodities controlled by new elites, due to unequal power relations. Read the article …