Innovation manifests itself in myriad forms in developing communities. A dialog on developmental entrepreneurship requires us to conceptualize and operationalize innovation as defined by the people. Using provisional narratives, the Global Jugaad Commons aims to understand how youth in developing communities across five countries perceive innovation, and illustrate how cultural mechanisms and communal context bias the unique circumstances that lead to innovative solutions for individual or community needs. This project aims to create a repository of innovation snapshots, which, along with the research findings, will inform and inspire innovation by cross-pollinating concepts across cultures. Our team has interviewed over 400 youths across rural and urban areas of Kenya, Tanzania, India and Nicaragua with 120 interviews planned for September 2012 in resource-constrained areas in the US. This interactive session will explore innovation and the way it is perceived and practiced in five distinct contexts.