The Need

Although all these organisations do great work, they also limit some levels of innovative thinking. For example, if a solution to the climate crisis is that we repurpose existing buildings and substantially reduce new build, these Institutions will naturally represent the interests of their members. If we want to explore ways that any new buildings must use 80% recycled materials, there is likely to be to resistance from other membership groups.

Academia has similar challenges because their contributions are framed around pre-determined goals e.g. a PhD thesis, with a focused set of deliverables and timescales. Although clearly valuable, these seem seldom adopted and applied by Industry.

This is similar to government-funded initiatives, which are largely managed by the Institutions/Academia. Of course, when the funding stops after 2-3 years, these initiatives offer little more than reports and guidance, which the real-world industry struggles to apply.