Replicating Living Lab Models

Replicable & Sustainable Living Labs Model Development


From our experiences and previous discussions as well as from feedbacks from the Regional Living Lab summit we understand Public Authorities in eastern societies are distant to developing Living-Lab concepts within their communities because of the following reasons;

– They have little idea of how to develop a project including different stakeholders,

– They have no experience in managing such a co-creating set-up,

– They find the Financial risks high compared to returns.. In other words they don’t have sucessfull business models to justify building a Living-Lab,

– Cultural issues regarding co-creation and difficuilty in citizen engagement,

– Low willingness to deal with other stakeholders in the eco-system,

– Other priorities of public authorities,

– High bureaucracy and low flexibility in financial and human resources issues,

– Difficuilty in scaling up the projects from living labs within their district,


The objective of the workshop is to define alternative Living lab Business Models for Public Authorities that finds a solution to above concerns of decision makers in public authorities.

Within this objective would like to collect experiences of other Living Labs working within Public Authorities, in the form of best practices and worst practices in order to justify one or few alternative models for sustainable Co-creating Innovation establishments.


The expected outcome is to discuss and suggest a model for developing a sustainable a Living Lab Model that any Municipality can implement easily. All the Stakeholders should see the benefits and value creation from the model(s) outlined. Some of the expected outcomes can be summarised as below

– Defining an Environment Map of all the stakeholders including citizens (i.e. Municipality, Users, Innovators, Industrialists, Investors, etc

– Defining Win-Win benefits for each stakeholder

– Defining Relationship models for interactions between each stakeholder on the environment map.

– Financial sustainability models for each stakeholder type

– Defining other resource requirements and sourcing models


1) Başakşehir Living Lab will provide the pros and cons of Living Labs that belong to Public authorities, development of its Environment Map since inception and problems encountered.

2) The participants will be separated into groups where each group member should be a representative of a different kind of institution.

3) Each group will define an Environment Map of a Public Authority from group experience and write down the DO’s and DON’Ts for a win-win for each stakeholder.

4) Each group presents their environment map and the facilitators define a minimum Facilitator Map for each Living Lab

5) The next group work will cover the topic of best Resourcing Models for a Sustainable Living Lab. Each table will present their suggestions to the attendees.

6) The facilitator will distribute to consolidated results of the environment map and ask each group to OutLine a Replicable and Sustainable Businnes model(s)

Workshop Facilitators

Ömer Onur

Managing Director, Başakşehir Living Lab