Building Ecosystems of Innovation in Humanities and Education

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Abstract

The adaptation of humanistic studies to Industry 4.0 and the volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity (VUCA) environment that determines the twenty-first century societies constitutes a major epistemological and heuristic challenge. The redefinition of work patterns in humanities is understood in this article in terms of research and social impact, and in particular with regard to the educational system. This article explores the possibilities of innovation ecosystems in the humanities and analyzes the experience of the Living UniLab project developed and conducted at the Complutense University of Madrid between 2015 and 2017. This was a pioneering initiative in the Spanish university as it applies the ecosystem innovation idea to the Geography and History curricula.