• Designed to

    Restore Health, Humanity and the Environment

     

    Restorative Innovation

  • What is Restorative Innovation?

    Restorative Innovation is a framework & an innovation model that refers to new strategies, ventures, products, concepts that are designed to restore health, humanity & the environment in addition to creating & capturing a promise of value for the consumer.

    After several decades of relentless technology revolutions, advanced digital societies are at the inflection point of how we (as people) relate to technology. There are anxious discussions on whether advances in machine learning and artificial intelligence will replace humans, or whether technology is taking away our humanity.

     

    The pursuit of technology innovations to create business value is often the starting point for many entrepreneurs and innovative leaders. Often, innovations introduced by the few can create havoc and disruptions, and in some cases, re-configure value chains such that many jobs and companies are displaced, creating anxiety for the actors affected. Restorative Innovation, on the other hand, is the complete opposite, with its focus on the both delivering the promise of value to the consumer and doing good for the society without displacing incumbents nor jobs.

     

    A few key traits and characteristics of an entrepreneurial leader that embraces Restorative Innovation are those who embody the spirit of empathy and are driven by a noble mission to contribute to the betterment of society. This key principle captures the teachings of Laozi (老子), and the concept of “Ren” (仁).

     

    Knowing that it is not a zero-sum innovation, a Restorative Innovation leader is more concerned with the value generated through the adoption of his/her innovation, which aims to benefit humanity and not destroy or disrupt the existing value chain. A Restorative Innovation leader does not reject technology; it is about how to use technology to enhance people’s connection to others, to society, and to one’s true self. Central to this model is that it also creates intrinsic business value as it proliferates, and does not require philanthropy for the innovation to be sustainable.

     

    A common example would be the proliferation of convenient delivery service of fresh vegetarian food ingredients to households. The more users adopt this innovation, it lowers the overall cost to each customer due to lowering supply chain cost (economies of scale), yet it does not disrupt existing value chain. Restorative Innovation is in harmony – and the values of simplicity and humility are embodied in the innovation.

     

    Restorative Innovation is a unifying innovation principle to not only guide founders in their entrepreneurial journey but to inspire and positively influence how innovation & entrepreneurship is viewed by the general public. It does not aim to be the new dominant paradigm. If it becomes the new paradigm, it is the natural course of the value being appreciated and adopted by the users.

     

    The term Restorative Innovation is first coined by Professor Virginia Cha, having observed the patterns of innovation introduced by entrepreneurs.

    Design of the Logo

    仁 (Ren) is a Chinese character that refers to benevolence, compassion & altruism. It also has the same pronunciation as 人, which refers to a person or individual. Combining them together, it represents the core of Restorative Innovation, which is driven by entrepreneurial leaders who thinks and acts with their heart (represented with a light red color of the Chinese character) while embodying the spirit of 仁. In addition, 仁 also serves as a representation that the actions taken by Restorative Innovation leaders will restore health and humanity (人).

     

    Following the impact on 人(humanity), there are also 3 circles surrounding 仁which illustrates the environmental impact created through the actions of a Restorative Innovation leader. The shape of a Circle was chosen as it signifies the cause and effect where the intent and actions of a Restorative Innovation leader (cause) can influence & impact the future of mankind and the environment (effect). Each circle and their colors represent has an environmental element:

    • Blue represents the Earth, Consciousness,  Authenticity, and joy of being.
    • Green represents Earth's vegetation & the environment.
    • Brown represents Earth's land and all of its living organisms.
  • How Restorative Innovation works?

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    Seeding & Germinating

    Any product or service that embraces Restorative Innovation has a key differentiating factor that separates it from its competition. The creation or production of these named factors are very costly as the resources and the means to do so are scarce and limited. As a result, the selling price of the respective Restorative Innovation is often proportionately higher than the current market offerings.

     

    In addition, as the innovation is newly introduced into the market, there is little awareness and education that encourages mainstream consumers to make the switch. However, there will always be early adopters who will support the intrinsic motivation & altruistic purpose behind the product and what it aims to achieve.

    Evangelism & Awareness

    The early adopters who supported the innovative solution will be pleased with the overall experience and the knowledge that they had played a role in doing good for the society. Feeling fulfilled and excited, the early adopters will spread the word & promote the innovative solution to their family and friends. Through word of mouth, the mainstream consumers will gradually be aware of the innovative solution and will hop on the bandwagon to purchase it to satisfy their needs, while at the same time, feeling contended by the fact that they're contributing to the betterment of society.

     

    Over time, the Restorative Innovation company will begin to experience Economies of Scale, enabling them to produce their solution at a lower cost and thus, reducing the selling price, making it more affordable to serve the masses.

    Proliferation & Restoration

    With mainstream adoption of the innovative solution, the mission and the purpose of the Restorative Innovation will be accomplished. The benefits and the rewards of the innovation will be harvested and distributed to the masses, which in turn, leads to an extensive restoration of health, humanity and the environment.

  • How we started and where we are today

    The history and the journey of how Restorative Innovation impacts all of the people and societies on the earth, one step at a time.

    Creation & first introduction of Restorative Innovation

    September 2017

    The concept of Restorative Innovation was developed and first introduced during a Lunch & Learn session with the Cargill Asia Pacific, where Professor Virginia Cha was invited as a guest speaker to share her thoughts on Food Venturing & Innovation.

    Total Reach for Restorative Innovation exceeded 160,000

    November 2017

    With the major success of our inaugural thunderclap campaign, our evangelism efforts have engaged with more than 160,000 audiences worldwide. It is a significant milestone for Restorative Innovation and we have documented our journey here.

  • Champions of Restorative Innovation

    Entrepreneurial leaders & organizations who pursues Restorative Innovation and contributes to the betterment of society.

    The New Luncher

    Cooking & delivering healthy lunchboxes to children at school.

    The New Luncher aims to make eating fresh and healthy food a new norm among the kids.

    TRIA

    Sustainable Food Packaging

    Creating Earth-friendly disposable foodware and the world's first closed-loop system for disposable foodware and food waste.

  • Our People

    The team that is committed to inspiring and promoting the learning, the values and the art of Restorative Innovation to the rest of the world.

    Professor Virginia Cha

    Chief Architect of Restorative Innovation

    Executive Advisor, RIGHT Foundation & WRIF

    Professor Virginia Cha is the creator of Restorative Innovation. She is a highly sought-after Professor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, with concurrent appointments as Professor-in-Residence, Platform E, Adjunct Professor at INSEAD, NUS Business School, SMART (Singapore MIT Alliance for Research & Technology) and Lean Launchpad@Singapore.

    Jovan Tan

    Founder, RIGHT Foundation & WRIF

     

    Jovan was the first individual to be introduced to the concept of Restorative Innovation and it strongly resonates with him. Feeling convinced of how Restorative Innovation can positively impact the world & make it a better place, Jovan wholeheartedly agrees to take on the lead of evangelizing it and assisting Professor Virginia Cha in advancing its body of knowledge.

  • Do you know of any individual or organizations that embody the spirit of Restorative Innovation?

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