Systems innovation is a necessary approach to address complex and persistent challenges. It requires the application of system thinking, which helps to understand the challenges with their interconnections with key factors that can be found in different areas of the system of which they are part: social, scientific and technological, economic, physical/environmental and political.
In order to promote systems innovation, it is first necessary to recognize and understand the complexity, as well as to avoid the traditional reductionist approach that focuses on changing a specific aspect without solving the problem. Systems innovation aims to improve or replace an entire system.
To facilitate systems innovation, it is necessary to facilitate spaces for co-creation to promote systemic change at the collective and organizational level through more collaborative problem solving that better takes into account the roots of the problems and their interconnections in different areas of the system.