Regional Partnerships for Living Labs: the Case of Sicily and the MedLab Project

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A presentation of the process of building the TLL-Sicily Living Lab partnership and how this experience fed into the MedLab Project, for the eChallenges conference in Istanbul, October 22, 2009

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  • The first step was to try to clearly define the vision. “Territorial Living Lab” would be the general concept and what we were doing in Sicily would be the first instance of that concept. Our objective would be to “ integrally apply the Living Lab approach to the territory and citizens” of the Sicilian Region, “its model of governance and its strategic plans for the future” – and here you can see how the Strategic Territorial Plan which our department is responsible for, becomes an important part of the concept. “In essence, it can be conceived of as a new model for regional development.” This is an important statement, because it opens the road for an integration of the territorial perspective of planning into the normally more economic perspective of programming territorial development.
  • As we developed this concept, a range of people and institutions began to show interest in collaboration, and the multi-level and multi-sector nature of the partnership that was coming together began to emerge. In this slide, which synthesizes different features of the TLL-Sicily Living Lab, the different viewpoints of different partners are represented. “ User involvement” to the upper left shows a group of school children participating in an environmental awareness campaign of small municipalities on the slopes of Mount Etna. “Service creation” shows a scheme for analysing actor relationships in what is called “Integrated Relational Tourism” in an important regional project called MOTRIS. “Infrastructure” shows the antenna of a wireless access infrastucture developed by Teleinform, a CRES spin-off. “ Governance” shows our contribution, with a map of the territorial domains identified in the Regional Strategic Plan. “Innovation outcomes” shows the work of a regionally-funded project on integrated coastal zone management with fishing communities. Finally “Methods and tools” shows the GIS map of the natural reserve managed by the Val d’Anapo Local Action Group.
  • Gaining recognition of our idea provided an important stimulus for us to make a formal agreement or Memorandum of Understanding. The MoU we developed defines the objectives, role and responsibilities of the different categories of people and institutions participating in TLL-Sicily. The main commitment taken on in the MoU is to recognize the importance of the network and the interest in pursuing common objectives. Each partner assures their willingness to participate in a joint initiative if and when called on by another partner. From the financial standpoint, the MoU clarifies that – at least in the first stages – there is no money directly managed by the partnership. Each partner already has access to specific sources of finance, and the idea is that the TLL partnership improves everyone’s possibilities of getting funding through their own channels. For example, our Planning Department participates in INTERREG projects on behalf of the TLL Sicily partnership; this is what gained us our role in MedLab and is in part the reason for MedLab’s success. For the pilot projects, we know we can count on the collaboration of the other partners in TLL Sicily for implementation.
  • Regional Partnerships for Living Labs: the Case of Sicily and the MedLab Project

    1. 1. Regional Partnerships for Living Labs: the Case of Sicily and the MedLab Project Maurizio Agnese, DRU-ARTA Sicilian Region Jesse Marsh, Atelier Studio Associato Giovanni Salemi, DRU-ARTA Sicilian Region Ferdinando Trapani, DiSPA University of Palermo
    2. 2. DRU-ARTA in INTERREG III <ul><li>INTERREG IIIB MEDOCC “URBACOST” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Balancing urbanisation pressures between coastal areas and culturally rich inland villages </li></ul></ul><ul><li>INTERREG IIIC SOUTH “PROGRESDEC/ESDP Steps” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Assessing the uptake of ESDP planning principles at the local and regional levels, with inter-regional pilot sub-projects </li></ul></ul><ul><li>INTERREG IIIB MEDOCC: “MEDISDEC/StratMed” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pilot projects and long-term scenarios applying ESDP objectives and principles to the Mediterranean context </li></ul></ul><ul><li>INTERREG IIIB MEDOCC: “PIC-RM” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Development of shared strategic initiatives for Mediterranean regions in areas such as Competitiveness Indicators, Renewable Energy, and Immigration and Metropolisation </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. Territorial Innovation Based on: DG XVI Art. 10 TERRA “LORE” 1997-2001; DG XIII ISPO “ISIAS” 1998-2000 ARTICULATION OF DEMAND COMMITMENT OF ACTORS TERRITORIAL CAPITAL TERRITORIAL INNOVATION POLITICAL DECIDERS TEAM OF EXPERTS CITIZENS, BUSINESSES ETC.
    4. 4. Territorial Living Lab <ul><li>“… integrally applies the LL approach to a territory and its citizens, its model of governance and its strategic plans for the future: in essence, it can be conceived of as a new model for regional development.” </li></ul>
    5. 5. TLL Sicily in ENoLL
    6. 6. TLL Sicily MoU
    7. 7. Lessons Learned <ul><li>Obstacles encountered </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Open partnership network contrasts with existing relationships between actors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Multi-channel funding strategy new to most actors, creating difficulties in negotiating and defining roles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Variety of nature and form of network partners compounded by lack of a unique “lead” partner </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Balancing factors </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Role of European dimension in breaking established power relations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Transparency and invitation to “co-design” attracts new players and creates “trust capital” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prospect of increasing access to own funding channels empowers participating institutions and actors </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. Cyclic Institutionalisation Process SHARED VISION COMMITMENT & ACTION BENEFITS & VISIBILITY INSTITUTION- ALISATION
    9. 9. MedLab Project <ul><li>ERDF 2007-2013 Territorial Cooperation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>MED Programme: competitiveness of Med space, territorial cohesion, sustainable development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Objective 1.1: dissemination of innovative technologies and know-how </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Objective: build a Mediterranean Living Lab </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Multi-level multi-sector governance network </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Integration of LL approach into regional policy </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Trans-national Pilot Projects </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Inno-SMEs, Rural, Coastal, Planning, Tourism </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Transnational partnerships and MoUs </li></ul></ul>
    10. 10. MedLab Structure REGIONAL POLICY FRAMEWORK ICT PLATFORMS AND SERVICES MULTI-LEVEL GOVERNANCE MODELS LOCAL AUTHORITIES CITIZENS SMEs NGOs TERRITORIAL CAPITAL
    11. 11. Regional Policies <ul><li>European Regional Development Fund </li></ul><ul><ul><li>EU Strategic Guidelines and National Strategic Reference Frameworks provide common structure to regional OPs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Information Society Strategies: emphasis on public services (education, health, etc.) e-government and digital divide </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Innovation Strategies: emphasis on reinforcing link between basic research (University) and industry (incl. SMEs) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of transversal policies including social innovation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>European Agricultural Regional Development Fund </li></ul><ul><ul><li>New programme, including innovation in rural economies and bottom-up LEADER initiatives </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Other instruments: European Social Fund, European Fisheries Fund… </li></ul>
    12. 12. Regional Policies TECHNICAL SOCIAL NETWORK-BUILDING INFRASTRUCTURES SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY PARKS TERRITORIAL / COMMUNITY LIVING LABS THEMATIC CLUSTERS / POLES / DISTRICTS PPP / TRIPLE HELIX INNOVATION STRATEGIES DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES
    13. 13. LL-Regio Thematic Network http://regional-territorial.ning.com
    14. 14. MedLab Pilot Projects RCM LDA UIP LAZ IM I2BC TRG SIC Inno-SME Rural Dev Coastal Planning Tourism
    15. 15. Planning Pilot <ul><li>Ground Living Lab experiment in concrete institutional context </li></ul><ul><li>Updating the strategic Provincial Territorial Plan of Ragusa </li></ul><ul><li>Participatory, multi-sectoral process foreseen for the Strategic Environmental Assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Basic platforms: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>CRES: Wikitel or similar WDSL network </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SITER: Regional GIS system </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>TLL-Sicily Ning: social networking platform </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Open to integration with other ENoLL platforms </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Electronic Town Meeting (Tuscany Region – Lunigiana Amica) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Process representation and argumentation support (Torre Guaceto LL) </li></ul></ul>
    16. 16. Palermo BarCamp and Seminar Co-creativity for Territorial Innovation Networks in Sicily, Italy Europe Palermo, 1-2 October 2009 http://regional-territorial.ning.com
    17. 17. Extended Sicilian Pilot Network
    18. 18. Governance: INoLL
    19. 19. Governance: NNoLL
    20. 20. Conclusions <ul><li>Territorial Living Labs introduce the regional policy dimension and the concept of “territorial innovation” </li></ul><ul><li>Living Lab partnerships and governance structures evolve through a cyclic institutionalisation process </li></ul><ul><li>Regional policies do not adequately support transversal social innovation initiatives, but appear to be moving there </li></ul><ul><li>Living Labs can benefit significantly by opening up to local networks of creative energies </li></ul><ul><li>Governance issues need to be addressed through interlinked multi-level networks: regional, national, intra-national… </li></ul>
    21. 21. <ul><li>Thank You… </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Maurizio Agnese, magnese@artasicilia.it </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Jesse Marsh, jesse@atelier.it </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Giovanni Salemi, gsalemi@artasicilia.it </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ferdinando Trapani, ferdinando.trapani@unipa.it </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>

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