Informal innovation: It’s not a bug, it’s a feature

Written by: Eric von Hippel, MIT Sloan School of Management

Innovations in the informal sector can take many forms. Nelplast ECO Ghana Ltd turns plastic into pavement blocks. Photo: UNDP Ghana/Gaby Conrad
Figure 1: Hundreds of improvements were made to the “spinning mule” by producers in the textile industry during the Industrial Revolution.
Example: Many small contributions to solving the big, general problem of improved waste recycling.

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