When you are dealing with a relatively simple health issue such as high blood pressure or cholesterol, working with a single medical practitioner such as your family physician can often be enough to make meaningful progress. When you are facing more complex issues like autoimmune disorders or physical trauma, it usually makes more sense to work with an interdisciplinary, collaborative team of medical professionals who each bring their own perspective and tools to the table. In the same way, understanding and addressing complex economic and social issues, like those we study at the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship from inclusive economic growth to the societal impacts of artificial intelligence and beyond, typically demands the application of a broad, multi-disciplinary set of practices and frameworks.
As a result, our team, and by consequence, our research and analysis, is interdisciplinary and collaborative. It is interdisciplinary in that we bring collective subject matter expertise, methodological rigor, and intellectual integrity from a range of academic and practitioner disciplines (including economics, sociology, anthropology, communications, information studies, foresight, and human-centred design) as well as policymaking experience inside and outside government. Our project teams include embedded communications experts who bring our research to life through illustrations, data visualizations, and storytelling. And it is collaborative in that the nature of the work we do requires working together not only across disciplines but across sectors, drawing on a wide network of stakeholders and experts in Canada and around the world.