Innovating Together: Harnessing the Potential of Co-Creation

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SCALINGS, SISCODE and LIV:IN projects come together to share our learnings with the aim to generate a discussion on co-creation.

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Co-creation has become a powerful word in innovation practice and policy that is used to describe a new mode of engaging diverse stakeholders to ideate, design and/or produce something innovative together that benefits all. Co-creation comprises various technologies and methodologies for collaboration that range from human-centered and value-sensitive design to platforms and living labs that share a common principle of broadening contributions to innovation. Recognizing the importance of co-creation in enhancing public engagement, participatory democracy and inclusive innovation, the European Commission has been particularly interested in better understanding of co-creation processes and outcomes in different settings and from various perspectives.

Over the past three years, SCALINGS has been working alongside two other H2020 funded projects that are also looking at co-creation: SISCODE and LIV:IN. As our projects are coming to an end, we come together in this session to share our learnings with the aim to generate a discussion about specific elements of co-creation generated from our distinct empirical material, while identifying the continuing challenges and opportunities we see in this powerful concept. We welcome contributions from a diverse audience, including fellow academics, innovation practitioners, policy-makers, as well as interested members of the public.

Contributors: Danielle Wood (MIT), Madeleine Gabriel (Nesta), Lydia Montandon (Atos), Rene von Schomberg (European Commission), Kyriaki Papageorgiou (SCALINGS), Sebastian Pfotenhauer (SCALINGS), Sarah-Kristina Wist (LIV:IN) and Christoph Kaletka (SISCODE)

This session is organised by SCALINGS partner, ISPIM.

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Innovating together: Responsible scaling of co-creation

Scaling of innovations is seen as an inescapable answer to the growing urgency to tackle grand societal challenges. Co-creation is an increasingly key method for the involvement of a variety of actors to realize the inevitable scaling. Not all co-creation methods, however, spread equally and work to the same success in different contexts.

This online series will explore and analyze the apparent paradox between, the (cultural, political, social) local situatedness of co-creation practices; and the (perceived) need for generalizing, transferring, or ‘scaling up’ co-creation practices to different socio-cultural settings.

The online series is part of the H2020 project and will bring together practitioners, policy-makers and academics in the fields of Urban Energy, Robotics and Autonomous Driving.

Find more about our online series here.

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SCALINGS is an interdisciplinary research project funded by EU Horizon 2020. Over the course of three years (2018-2021), we aim to better understand how co-creation varies across different contexts and explore what is needed for successful scaling. We question one-size-fits-all solutions to societal challenges, and instead foster innovation practices that value the social, cultural, and regulatory context in which they are embedded.

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