Governing and Innovating for Good: The Public Private Frontier

Anna White, General Counsel, EIT Climate-KIC, UK

What does it mean for an organisation to govern and innovate for good? What principles can organisations enshrine – structurally or otherwise – to ensure the common good is always at the forefront? Such questions, common to the public and third sector, present curious challenges and learnings for lawyers operating at the public/private interface. The purpose of this paper is to explore this frontier landscape using the EU’s Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) as a case study.

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Environment Energy September 2021 Vol.14, No. 56, Summer 2021

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Yale Law School LLM, now General Counsel to Europe's leading public/private climate innovation initiative

EIT Climate-KIC

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EIT Climate-KIC is the EU’s climate innovation initiative, working to accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon and resilient world by enabling systems transformation. Headquartered in Amsterdam, it operates from 13 hubs across Europe and is active in 39 countries. EIT Climate-KIC was established in 2010 and is predominately funded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union. As a Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC), it brings together more than 400 partners from business, academia, the public and non-profit sectors to create networks of expertise, through which innovative products, services and systems are developed, brought to market and scaled-up for impact. www.climate-kic.org

Environment Energy September 2021 Vol.14, No. 56, Summer 2021

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