This essay presents a conceptual framework for analyzing and influencing the contribution of small-scale experiments to transitions towards a more sustainable society. This framework is aimed at providing academics and practitioners with a theoretical and practice oriented perspective to both understand and ‘steer’ the contribution of experiments to transitions. The central instrument in this framework are ‘transition experiments’, which provide an alternative approach to classical innovation projects that are aimed at realizing short-term solutions. A transition experiment is an innovation project with a societal challenge as a starting point for learning aimed at contributing to a transition.

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Knowledge Centre for Sustainable System Innovations and Transitions (KCT)
Erasmus Research Institute of Management

van den Bosch, S., & Rotmans, J. (2008). Deepening, Broadening and Scaling up: a Framework for Steering Transition Experiments.. Retrieved from