The Living Knowledge network was set up in 2001 as an umbrella for international networking and cooperation among science shops and in order to make the concept more visible and support the development of new science shops.
Science shops increases civil society’s access to scientific resources. Most science shops are university-based; others are not-for-profit companies or associations. Citizens and civil society organisations can approach science shops with problems they want researched. Some science shops approach civil society and offer cooperation.
The goal is provide “independent, participatory research support in response to concerns experienced by civil society” in order to empower citizens and civil society organizations. Science shops have become integrated into some universities’ teaching and research activities, which enable students to make science shop projects as part of curricula. In some cases science shop projects enable empowerment of civil society actors.
Social Innovation Initiatives in the Critical Turning Points-database
Social Innovation Initiatives studied in-depth
Dorland, J and Søgaard Jørgensen, M. (2015) Transformative social innovation narrative : Living Knowledge Network.TRANSIT: EU SSH.2013.3.2-1 Grant agreement no: 613169
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