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Living Lab Methodology

Through living lab activities in each of the partner countries, the partners will facilitate local case project activities that apply co-creation methods and tools in developing sustainability, in cooperation between public employees and civil society actors.

Each case will focus on a specific local need around sustainability topics and in engaging vulnerable citizen groups in the activities. The methodology used in the testing and development activities in the living labs is centered around participatory, action-based learning in the form of living lab activities, where participants across nationalities, organizations and sector backgrounds develop and test methods through 4 different case projects.

The Living Lab methodology takes research and development out of the laboratory and into the real world, engaging stakeholders, citizens, and end-users in the collaborative co-creation of solutions, actions and ideas for building sustainability and upskilling of citizens.

Expected Outcome

and Long-term Benefits

Citizens and public employees gain key citizen competences and skills that enable them to participate in co-creating processes and citizens to take on a more active role in their local society, thus, fostering inclusion and strengthening of active citizenship. Public workers gain more skills and awareness of the importance of democratic co-creation and citizen involvement in sustainable development.

 

The project feeds into an international debate on co-creation and citizen involvement and offer practical tools and recommendations for skill-upgrading and co-creation as a means for implementation of the UN SDGs, which is on the European agenda. The project will build more sustainable ties between local authorities and civil society, creating stronger, more inclusive cities and regions, where the responsibility for community development is shared. Developing and testing methods on a Pan-European level ensures that the project provides results, applicable in other European contexts.