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Growth through intermediaries

Intermediaries play a key role in the spread and diffusion of innovations by bringing together people with ideas and those with resources. In the UK, for example, the Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA) plays a critical role in local government. It works with councils in developing good practice through a network of online communities, web related resources and peer review. Another example is the collaboration between ASIX and Innovation Xchange in Australia. They are currently working on training ‘embedded intermediaries’ that will act as a permanent means of brokerage across the sectors thus ensuring the means for continual facilitated diffusion.