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Creating Sustainable Solutions With Digital Bridges

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Creating Sustainable Solutions With Digital Bridges

Island Innovation is a social enterprise and digital media company at the intersection of sustainable development and communications, offering specialised services across various sectors. We bring together the private sector, government, utilities, NGOs and universities to advance innovation for sustainability and prosperity in islands worldwide.

Our unique professional expertise includes:

Virtual Events Organisation and Facilitation

Workshops, Speaking and Consulting

Strategic Communications and Digital Marketing

Research, Report Writing, Media and Publications

Our Purpose

Island Innovation is focused on building and strengthening digital bridges to connect a global community of forward-thinking, active and engaged individuals who are committed to improving the world through sustainable solutions. We firmly believe that the unique strength of our social enterprise and its success comes from our network of diverse yet like-minded individuals. Through our work, we understand that it is more important than ever for the international community to start listening to people in less economically developed countries, including those living in Small Island Developing States (SIDS), who can teach us all so much about living more sustainably and harmoniously with the planet. These communities have a wealth of vital knowledge that can significantly help not only other poorer nations but also more economically developed countries and cities worldwide that need to become rapidly more sustainable. We are committed to facilitating the dissemination of this knowledge to as many people as possible!

Our Story

Island Innovation was founded by James Ellsmoor, an award-winning writer and social entrepreneur with a key focus on renewable energy and sustainable development for remote, rural and island communities. James has long been fascinated with travel and promoting sustainability throughout the world and has lived, worked and travelled in over 60 countries.

James’ interest in creating more sustainable island communities began during his time studying Economics and Geography at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which included a period of study in the Pacific Islands.

His passion for this area of expertise developed further while he studied for his Masters Degree in Island Studies which he obtained from the University of the Highlands and Islands in Scotland. This led to him helping to co-found Solar Head of State, a non-profit association focused on promoting the adoption of solar panels on government buildings across the world, in order to demonstrate the benefits of this technology, which included working with the Jamaican government.

Through James’ educational, professional and travel experiences, it became increasingly apparent how fundamentally important local knowledge is to help solve some of the biggest environmental threats that our planet now faces such as global warming, air pollution, soil degradation, deforestation, mass-tourism, overconsumption, plastic pollution and more. From this, the concept of Island Innovation was born; set up in order to create sustainable solutions with digital bridges. This has led to projects with organisations and participants from across the globe and a diverse and expanded team all working remotely to facilitate the development of more sustainable, resilient and successful island communities.

Our Team

Just as we believe so strongly in amplifying and empowering diverse voices from across the planet, in order to build a more sustainable world for everyone to enjoy and prosper, we are strongly committed to diversity within the Island Innovation team. This is the case in terms of ethnicity, gender, race, religion and geographical location.

We are a modern business that operates remotely, thus allowing us to hire talented individuals from across the world. This is one of the greatest benefits of modern technology; breaking down barriers so that people from across the world can collaborate on forward-thinking and non-discriminatory sustainable development projects. It is the diversity within our team that helps to provide Island Innovation with such a diverse perspective, enabling us to better solve the many problems of the modern world.

Meet Our Team

Our Projects

Island Innovation has been involved in a number of successful projects with other organisations, as well as developing our own unique ones. Through these, we are now at the forefront of helping to facilitate conversations between people from the most remote island communities right through to big international cities, thus successfully building digital bridges of communication, trust and empowerment between previously disconnected communities, in order to create a more sustainable world for everyone.

The Virtual Island Summit

Our most important annual event is the Virtual Island Summit which is a free and entirely online event designed to connect global islands to share their common experiences through a digital platform.

At last year’s Virtual Island Summit, there were over 4,000 attendees from across the world who joined to watch speakers from a host of locations, including many from small island developing states (SIDS), share their wealth of knowledge. Our attendees were able to participate from some of the remotest islands on earth and join in, adding their own thoughts and questions to the discussion, creating a very interactive and unique event. This year’s event promises to be much bigger and more successful, with an expected 10,000+ attendees and many new speakers sharing their incredible insights and knowledge.


The Island Innovation company

Where can I find more information for my presentation/school project?

We welcome you to use the contents of our website, as long as you mention the source and do not use it for commercial purposes.

  1. For videos and podcasts to use for lessons, visit our Podcast page and our YouTube channel.
  2. For details about how to create your own successful virtual event see our Free Checklist.
  3. For articles and blog posts about a range of topics related to building sustainable island communities, as well as other topics visit our Blog.

Do you have a newsletter I can sign up for?

We do have a newsletter. You can subscribe to it via the field in the footer. You can also stay up to date on our progress by following us on social media. We are active on TwitterInstagramLinkedInYouTube and Facebook.

Do you run online courses?

Yes, we do! We are currently offering a two-month course entitled “Create A Successful Virtual Event in 2 Months”. For more details about this course and to sign up, head to this page.

Support and Funding

How are you financing Island Innovation and the Virtual Island Summit?

We are financing the social enterprise and yearly summit through paid projects such as our online courses, as well as with the help of philanthropic, commercial and governmental donations/sponsorships.

If you would like to support Island Innovation by making a donation, we would be very grateful. You can do so by either donating here or by registering for our NetworkPlus Pass for the Virtual Island Summit 2020.

If you are a company interested in sponsoring or donating to Island Innovation, please contact us through our contact form.

How can my company or organisation help Island Innovation?

Thank you for wanting to help Island Innovation. We are open to institutional and corporate collaborations. Please contact us through our contact form regarding potential partnerships or collaborations with Island Innovation.

How can I help Island Innovation as an individual?

Thank you for your interest in Island Innovation and wanting to help us to build more sustainable island communities across the world.

There are several different steps you can take to help us to continue to grow Island Innovation and the positive influence we are able to have worldwide:

  • Support us financially with a donation.
  • Join the Island Innovation newsletter.
  • Submit your own articles for our blog.
  • Connect with Island Innovation on social media, engage with our content and invite your contacts to follow us.
  • Share our mission through word of mouth or with your network on social media.
  • Join our Facebook and LinkedIn groups and share relevant content and engage in discussions.
  • Tag @IslandsInnovate on Twitter and @IslandInnovation on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn in related insightful articles, videos and other content related to creating sustainable, resilient island communities.

Thanks again for your offer to help – we very much appreciate it!

Is it possible to support Island Innovation financially?

Yes, you can! You can support Island Innovation financially through our Support Us page. Even if you are unable to support us financially at this time which is completely fine, connecting with us and sharing our content on social media is also a huge help.

Thanks again for supporting us, we deeply appreciate it.

Virtual Island Summit 2020

Sharing knowledge for resilient, sustainable and prosperous islands worldwide.