The Laurea Living Lab Networks is an effective member of the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL), and thus part of a community of benchmarked Living Labs around the world with a sustainable strategy for enhancing innovation on a systematic basis. Laurea Living Lab Networks is a networking organization and serves as an umbrella for several actual Living Labs. These Living Labs include BarLaurea, the Care Innovation (the Caring and Sharing project is a part of this living lab) and the Medical and Care Simulation Centre, the Service Innovation and Design Labs and the User Driven Innovation Centre. These Living Labs operate under the Laurea Living Lab Network and provide research, development and innovation through Laurea’s own strategic innovation model, called LbD. LbD is a model that helps Living Labs quickly mobilize different kinds of motivated stakeholders for co-creation, open and user-driven innovation operations.
The CTPs elaborate on one of the projects that was carried out under the label of the Finnish Laurea Living Lab: the Project Sharing and Caring Networks. This project is described as follows: “Caring and Sharing Networks (Välittävät Valittavat Verkostot) was a project enhancing residents' participation and stakeholder collaboration in urban development funded by Ministry of Environment in Finland (2013-2015). The project took place in one of the city districts, Espoo Centre with 17 000 inhabitants. Participatory action approach was applied to empower citizens and stakeholders to solve complex problems in the suburban area. For further details, see Participatory_Action_Research_as_a_practice_of_empowerment by the project researchers Soile Juujärvi and Virpi Lund.
The project experimented novel means for co-creation in urban development, including Residents' Workshops and Community Workshops, involving almost 100 active stakeholders and citizens. Community Workshops was based on the method of Change Laboratory and expansive learning, invoking enthusiasm about the shared goals and helping to find each actor roles in community development. Listen to stakeholders' feedback and reflections on Community Workshops (Laurea.fi, 2016).”
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This CTP developed around the challenges to engage residents in the Sharing and Caring project of the Laurea Living Lab Network.
This CTP emerged around challenges faced in the cooperation between actors in a living lab project that was running under the Laure Living Labs umbrella.
This CTP elaborates on the efforts of the living lab researchers to engage immigrants living in the Espoon Keskus neighbourhood in the project, which was challenging.
This CTP elaborates on the relation between professional actors, mainly entrepreneurs and civil servants in the Sharing and Caring project of the Laurea Living lab.
This critical turning point is constructed around challenges in the cooperation between mainly entrepreneurs, civil servants and residents within the living lab project Sharing and Caring Networks of Laurea Living Lab Network.
This CTP describes how the organizations (who wanted to organize their own version of the ‘restaurant day’) were less successful compared to the restaurant day organized by the residents.
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