BACKGROUND/HISTORY AND CONTEXT OF THE WORKSHOP
Projects and entrepreneurs involved in the Social Innovation and Cultural and Creative Industries usually face difficulties in cooperating with each other to building real community-scale partnerships that improve the quality of the innovations generated. A study developed within the context of the TALIA InterregMED horizontal project for the Social & Creative community has shown the strong need for ‘collective learning’ to encourage the creation of new partnerships sharing common values around Europe. Within this context, LLs can support the development of trans-local socioeconomic ecosystems shifting the emphasis from the single local company to networks developing cross-sectoral services. In this sense, LLs scale up the innovation capacity of local and global stakeholders in the Social & Creative community.
MAIN AIM / OBJECTIVE
The main objective of the workshop is to provide a clear overview of Living Labs’ services relevant to support the work and activities of the Social & Creative Community active in the Mediterranean area and around Europe. During the workshop we will present both the ENoLL Learning Lab Programme and a Toolkit developed within the context of the TALIA InterregMED horizontal project to encourage creatives and policy makers to access a set of methods and tools to build and improve their capacity to innovate across a wide range of territories and thematic areas. A speed dating session will be also organised to enable projects and creatives to meet Living Labs from the ENoLL network to improve their work and results. Ultimately, the final aim is to provide a full set of services to the Social & Creative Community, including mentoring activities to implement LLs in their specific contexts.
The workshop will be a match-making exercise that will bring the Living Lab and the Social & Creative community closer. On the one hand, Living Labbers will provide mentoring services to the InterregMED projects or entrepreneurs working in the sector, based on their current and future needs. On the other hand, The Living Labs will learn about the TALIA Toolkit and all the methods they can use for developing projects in the Social Innovation and in the Cultural and Creative Industries sector. Finally, the InterregMED projects and the entrepreneurs will discover the Learning Lab Programme offered by ENoLL as an additional service for the ones who would like to set up a Living Lab.
BRIEF OUTLINE / METHODOLOGY
We will use the following methodologies for this workshop:
– Demo/Video and Q&A: it will be used to enable the audience to learn about the TALIA Toolkit for the Social & Creative community. It will be followed by a short Q&A session
– Pecha Kucha presentations: a method method ensuring that presentations are fun, fast and interesting. Both modular projects and living labbers will be requested to limit their presentations to a maximum of 20 slides for 5 minutes each, 20 second per slide
. – Speed dating: this methodology will allow all participants to meet each other in a limited time frame and explore how they can support each other in the work of the Social & Creative community (both projects, individuals and Living Labbers). 20 people max for 10 tables during the speed dating with a total of 50 minutes for the session (5 minutes per table).
The methodologies used will support the participants to get to know each other and initiate collaborations relevant for their work.
Head of Projects, European Network of Living Labs
Francesca SpagnoliHead of Projects, European Network of Living Labs
Francesca is a Senior Project Manager, a Researcher and a Professor. She is passionate about understanding the impacts of ICT on citizens and the human factor behind technologies, as well as enthusiast about open innovation, end user engagement methodologies and smart cities. She holds a Master Degree in Media and Communications and a PhD in Economics (on Innovation Technology) from the University of Rome La Sapienza (2015), Italy. Francesca has worked as Senior PM and Coordinator of several international projects for governments, research centers and SMEs in different fields). In 2013, Francesca has been appointed as Young Researcher Ambassador from the European Commission. She has been the coordinator of the European Researchers’ Night from 2014 to 2017, organising more than 150 events throughout Italy. In ENoLL she is acting as an external experts on EU funded projects, providing her expertise on end-user engagement, citizen-centred methodologies for co-creation and researching methodologies to enact open innovation in cities.
Jesse Marsh is an American who moved to Milan in the mid-‘70s to work as an industrial designer, apprenticing in the offices of Marco Zanuso. In fifteen years of professional activity, he confronted a wide range of technologies, processes and product sector, from chairs to artificial lungs. In the late ‘80s he was drawn to information technologies, participating in R&D projects financed by the European Union . First in Milan and since 1995 in Palermo, he first worked with learning technologies, telework and e-commerce and then in projects and policy work on the information society and sustainable development, cultural diversity, democratic participation, social innovation, and business model innovation. He also works with local and regional authorities in Territorial Cooperation projects and programming initiatives, linking his research on innovation with cultural heritage, local development, innovation policy, and Smart Specialisation.
Francesco MolinariProject Manager
Francesco holds a MSc and a MA in public management (Siena University, 2007 & 2005) and a BSc in social and economic disciplines (Milan “L. Bocconi” University, 1990). Currently, he is a research fellow on Frugal Government at Politecnico di Milano, Department of Architecture and Urban Studies, and visiting professor on Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Ulster Business School in Belfast, UK. Invited lecturer at the Master courses of the Universities of Rome (Tor Vergata), Milan (Cattolica), and Siena, he has authored more than 50 publications in the past decade on topics related to Living Labs, eParticipation, eGovernment, eLearning, innovation policy, pre-commercial procurement, and smart cities / regions. As a freelance consultant and project manager he has worked for about 15 years with several public and private organizations, and engaged in more than 20 ICT-related R&D and innovation projects at EU, national and regional level – often as coordinator.
Junior Project Manager
Clara MafeJunior Project Manager
Clara is the Junior Project Manager at ENoLL. She supports project management and development activities for the ENoLL Living Lab community in the area of cities. As part of the UNaLab team, Clara is currently putting together our Urban Living Lab Toolkit and contributing in the development of the ULL Playground Game. Her work focuses on finding the best ways to engage citizens in the planning and development of more resilient and liveable places.