The Living Knowledge Network is the formal international network of 'Science Shops' - small entities that facilitate cooperation between universities and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to generate research ideas, questions and agendas. They perform research in response to these questions, either themselves or with the assistance of others, notably higher education students.
Their goal is to co-create research to find solutions and therefore make a positive impact on real world problems. The concept of Science Shops was developed in the 1970s to strengthen the influence of civil society organisations on societal issues through access to scientific knowledge. Since then Science Shops have been founded in several European and non-European countries, mostly as university-based Science Shops, but also some as community-based Science Shops.
The international network, Living Knowledge, was launched in 2001 and EU financed projects on Science Shop impact, best practice, and other topics have been conducted in the last 10-20 years.
Social Innovation Initiatives in the Critical Turning Points-database
Living Knowledge - Science Shop Ireland (UK) (not publicly available)
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
Dorland, J. and Jørgensen, M. S. (2016) WP4 : case study report : living knowledge, TRANSIT: EU SSH.2013.3.2-1 Grant agreement no 613169.
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