The London 2012 Olympics as a drive for sustainable innovation

The aim of this project is to analyse sustainable innovation forces and ventures related to the London 2012 Olympic Games as a representative example of mega-events. During June-July 2014 three interviews were conducted with representatives of the Commission for Sustainability London (CSL), the London Organising Committee (LOCOG) and RMD Kwikform, the company subcontracted to build the Aquatics Centre. Following the preliminary analysis of interviews using governmentality as a theoretical framework a number of documents were extracted for analysis from CSL (1396 pages), LOCOG (6524 pages), ODA (1285 pages). Secondary information was collected from 14 small and medium enterprises engaged in sustainable innovation projects and some of the 53 sponsors.

Key findings

Transferring the sustainable innovation legacy is key, but requires top-down leadership locally and globally. Visibility, techniques and identity are more the outcomes that governmentality focuses on. The direct relationship between knowledge (episteme) and governance is often taken for granted.