UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose


IIPP renews its collaboration with the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

11 May 2023

The collaboration will consolidate the successes of IIPP’s Mission-Oriented Innovation Network, inspiring and supporting public sector organisations to implement new economic approaches for tackling global challenges.

Mission-Oriented Innovation Network Gathering, Bellagio, people outside, standing around a table, discussing notes on a flipchart

UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP) and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation have announced the renewal of their collaboration and shared commitment to IIPP’s Mission-Oriented Innovation Network (MOIN).  

Through inspiring, informing and actively supporting work on the ground to implement new economic and mission-oriented policies, MOIN brings together innovators in public sector organisations to share the challenges and opportunities of adopting such approaches to tackle shared global challenges, such as the climate crisis and ageing societies. The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation is a nonpartisan, private charitable foundation that advances ideas and supports institutions to promote a better world. The IIPP-Hewlett collaboration is funded by the Foundation’s Economy and Society Initiative which seeks to replace neoliberalism with a new 'common sense' about how the economy works and the aims it should serve to improve the lives of people.

Over the first three years of their collaboration, IIPP established a dedicated US chapter of MOIN, which works with and supports US policymakers on challenges in the US context. For the next three years of their collaboration, the focus will be on consolidating the successes of MOIN as a peer learning platform and furthering MOIN integration into IIPP institutional functions such the IIPP Policy Studio and teaching. 

“IIPP is continuing to strengthen MOIN with support from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. This network brings together public sector organisations from around the world to share insights on what it takes to actively shape markets that align with critical sustainability and inclusion goals. Tackling today’s grand challenges requires a new understanding of the state as an innovative value creator and market shaper. MOIN members are at the coal face of this shift. A big thank you to the Hewlett Foundation for enabling this work,” says Mariana Mazzucato, Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value at UCL and Founding Director of IIPP. 
“Mariana Mazzucato and the team at the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose are reshaping our understanding of the role government can play in helping society to meet its critical goals—economic and otherwise. By engaging in both the theoretical and hands-on policy work that makes up what IIPP calls 'practice-based theory,' IIPP is helping governments and civil society to design better industrial policy and simultaneously informing critical debates in economics. We’re pleased to continue our support of IIPP,” says Brian Kettenring, Director of the Hewlett Foundation’s Economy and Society Initiative. 

For more information  

To learn more about MOIN, contact Nora Clinton, the Head of the Network, at n.clinton@ucl.ac.uk

Visit hewlett.org for more information about the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation