Innovation communication (InCo) – a comprehensive process of identification, understanding and promotion of innovation through comprehensive and systematic communication thereof. InCo encourages all stakeholders to formulate proposals for effective innovation communication in their respective fields and simultaneously promotes open dialogue among them.

Innovation journalism (InJo) – one of the tools of innovation communication; journalistic reporting about innovation. InJo is a new way of understanding the role of journalism in the modern (innovative) society; it views the media and journalists as active participants in the innovation space.

Innovation space – an environment that ensures the conditions and provides the appropriate approaches tools and methods for developing innovation. It can be both, a physical or a virtual space where various stakeholders can meet with the aim to create something new with added value.
Actors, physical or virtual locations, tools, agreements between players. Is an environment where people can create and innovate in integrity.

Innovative space – an environment where innovation has already been recognised as a key factor of creating innovation; it already produces innovation.
A space that is designed in an original, innovative way and in its structure, model represents a new vision, new understanding of the integration of stakeholders and contents of physical or virtual space.

Innovative and innovation spaces are dynamic structures that are constantly changing and adapting to the challenges and needs of the people, organizations and communities. Due to their high level of alterations the communication and creative dialogue between the actors are so essential for effective execution of movement, changes in development, step forward.

Innovation space stakeholders – actors (individuals, organisations and organised groups) who through horizontal integration co-create the conditions and contents of the innovation space (within their organisations, local communities, regions and the state). The current definition includes the following stakeholders: enterprises, the state, institutes, universities, local communities, educational systems, artists and the creative industry, non-governmental organisations, the media.

Idea – something new, a new perspective on correlations between things, systems, people, needs, relationships, etc.

Invention – an implemented new idea (prototype, pilot project).

Improvement – increased value or excellence of quality or working conditions (upgrade of something that already exists).

Innovation – an implemented new idea with market manifestation (has customers who notice, appreciate and buy it) Increased value or excellence of newly created working conditions or objects with market manifestation (creation of a new foundation).

Technological innovation – innovation based on application of new technologies, materials or technological processes which represents significant improvement in energy consumption, functionality, size, material behaviour, etc.

Non-technological innovation – non-material innovation related to modes of operation or integration of stakeholders or individual technological elements; includes business models, procedures, methodologies, services, etc.

Innovation infrastructure – a system of logically connected structural elements of innovation ensuring effective management of the innovation process, shaping of the necessary roles, resources and tools in the business environment.

Sustainable innovation – establishing of a new approach to innovation which will not cause problems in the future, and which can be maintained; instead, it will consistently improve existing economic, social and environmental conditions.

Innovative management – a (business) system management method, in which the management or leadership is the carrier of the content of the (business) innovation.

Innovation management – a (business) system management method, in which the management or leadership manages innovation processes and relationships for ensuring the appropriate environment and rules for creating innovation.

Innovation process – the process from idea to innovation, steps and activities necessary to develop an innovation.

Innovative process – a newly defined process (series of activities), leading to greater efficiency in operations of the system to which it belongs.

Innovation culture - The level of awareness about the importance of the contribution, cooperation and co-creation of the company. Understanding the tools, content, actors and opportunities for new and different, are the conditions (environmental and rules of the game) for the flourishing of individuals, groups, structures, that leads to new insights and manifestations in benefit of individuals, organizations and the environment as a whole.

Innovation ecosystem - Innovation ecosystem is a system in which innovations are developed. It consists of all stakeholders, tools, processes, designs, sources which links together in the innovation process and participate in the development of innovation (V. Bulc, 2006).

Open innovation - Open innovation is a paradigm that assumes that firms can and should use external ideas as well as internal ideas, and internal and external paths to market, as the firms look to advance their technology. With knowledge now widely distributed, companies cannot rely entirely on their own research, but should acquire inventions or intellectual property from other companies when it advances the business model (Chesbrough, 2003).

Systems thinking - an internalized manifestation (in the thinking of individuals or social systems) of systems concepts, systems principles, and systems model.

Systematic thinking - any methodical step-by-step approach that is carried out according to a pre-determined algorithm or a fixed plan.

Systemic thinking - a tendency or natural predisposition to think of systemic relationships without necessarily drawing upon systems concept, system principles, or systems models. Some examples of areas that incorporate and foster such thinking include permaculture, feminist studies, ecology, and the I Ching.

Thrivability - it is the next framing of sustainability (beyond sustainability).

Curating - nurturing, fostering the potential inherent in the living system.

Thrivable Planet - a planet that functions on the bases of abundance and joy.

Additional definitions that are not directly related to the innovation infrastructure, but that complement it:

Action Plan - tool for target management that gives immediate and transparent review of events that are happening within the organisation and enable more efficient management (reconciliation of work, compensation, prioritization and coordination).

Activity - shorter activity / operation, where the responsible person and the period of performance are defined (activity resulting from both strategies as well as projects).

Objective - well-defined numerical value (% or number or date), desired to achieve in the planning period (what?).

Event - something that happens and triggers further activity or project.

Project Phases - logical and content phases with time and money defined whose performance is checked with predefined success criteria. Each phase is explained in detail with activities that are part of the action plan.

ID card project - form that contains all mandatory information on the project defined within the regulations of the project management and essential for entering the project into the database.

Programme - a collection of related projects which form a logical sequence (e.g. Crystal Palace).

Project - a set of concrete activities of limited duration (short or long term), and clearly defined resources for its implementation (financial, material, human). The project is still tied to the strategy of the plan period.

Strategy - is the path, way of working, through which we believe that the objectives outlined in the plan period will be achieved (how?).

Structure - the frame / skeleton of firmly and clearly defined entities and properties.

Structural capital - intellectual capital which remains with the company, even after employees have left.

(V) PI (virtual project interface) - structure for the development and management of structural capital, which identifies weak signals, as well as opportunities. It also helps to transform the most suitable opportunities into projects.