An information base for active participation

Creation of an information base that encourages active participation


    As Eric von Hippel advocates that diversity is the source of innovation, it is crucial that wide variety of stakeholders and citizens participate in projects in living labs.In particular, in recent years the ecosystem of living labs has transcended national and regional frameworks, making it easier for stakeholders with ideas and background to gather.However, on the other hand, the fact is that diversity will make it difficult for people with different historical backgrounds, cultural contexts, and social affairs to communicate for the difference in preconditions.Therefore, there is a growing need for an information base that can encourage the active participation of stakeholders with different backgrounds, achieve better communication among participants, and encourage the co-creation of ideas and projects.


    In our workshops, we will provide the opportunity for participants to experience the importance of an information base and how to create it that can encourages active participation of people with different backgrounds. In the first half, we use as an example the future prediction card for making the future vision, which we made from the disassembly and interview of the book, to share the process of producing it and the impact it can bring by using it in the workshop, and the participants actually try to use it for making a vision. In the second half,, participants will extract the necessary information and missing viewpoints from discussions and interviews, and experience the process of creating an information base on the theme of the components for living labs and leadership for practitioners we have researched.


    The benefit of participating in the workshop is that they will be able to create it by knowing the importance and process of the information base that encourages the active participation of stakeholders.By extracting examples and perspectives from books, discussions and interviews, participants with different backgrounds can join discussions more smoothly and co-create ideas and projects.In this workshop, not only understanding the importance through the presentation but also experiencing the impact by actually using the finished product in the first half, and actually trying to make an information base in the second half, participants can obtain the methodology and philosophy to realise rich communication in living labs.


     In the workshop, we use semi-structured pair interviews for creating ideas and opinions. Having some questions in advance will make it easier to get started the interview and being in pairs will allow participants to have the deeper interaction while creating psychological safety. We will do this both in the first half and the second half of the workshop, as it also contributes to making better one-to-one relationships of participants. We use GTA (Grounded Theory Approach) for the analysis of the perspectives and ideas in the latter part of the creation of the information base. GTA is one of the analytical methods such as qualitative survey data in social surveys (Glaser & Strauss, 1967). Data collected from web surveys and transcripts of each interview were divided into short sentences as elements, considering the contexts, and were labeled and grouped to represent the phenomena.

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