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  • 1. Living Labs as NationalInnovation tool to boostinnovation in FinlandPhD Seija KulkkiDirector, Center for Knowledge andInnovation Research (CKIR)EsoceNet Industrial Forum 2010OPEN INNOVATION PLATFORMS &CKIR Seija KulkkiSMES EsoceNet Industrial Forum Rome Dec 6, 2010MATCH MAKING OF LIVING LABS
  • 2. In Finnish innovation policy Living Labsare Instruments for•  1. Demand and user-driven open RDI (Research, Development and Innovation) in service, business and technology development –  Engagement of active citizens, users and customers to co- creation, do-development and co-innovation•  2. Creation of new RDI and business ecosystems that are needed for new service and business architectures, and market and industry creation•  3. Reforming the private and public services•  4. Industrial Reform Eso ceNet Industrial Rome December 6, 2010 Forum 2010 Seija kulkki
  • 3. Finnish Innovation Policy (broadly)•  Finnish National Innovation Strategy (2008) emphasizes demand and user-driven innovation in parallel with technology-driven innovation (supply-side)•  The Implementation Plan of Demand and User-driven InnovationPolicy (Feb 16, 2010) has a program for improving the demand and user-driven RDI and Living Labs –  Concrete steps and resources to strengthen the national Living Labs Network and its European and other international linkages –  Concrete means to promote theory and methodology development of open and demand and user driven RDI in Living Labs EsoNet Industrial Forum Seija kulkki Rome Dec 6, 2010c
  • 4. Implementation Plan of Demand andUser-driven Innovation Policy:•  Emphasizes ways and means of engaging citizens, active users and developer communities in RDI –  In solving challenges of today that are both local and global –  In creating solutions for everyday life by experimenting, prototyping, testing and validating the new services, businesses and technologies together with firms, cities, academia and other players –  In providing real-contexts and places of usage and real action•  The Ministry of Employment and the Economy views that the LL- approach has a strong potential in renewal of industry and public services.•  Question behind: What is Finland´s competitive future in global economy as an open, small and human-centric welfare society? EsoceNet Industrial Forum Seija Kulkki Rome Dec 6, 2010
  • 5. Industrial and Public Service Reforms•  The Finnish Funding Agendy for Technology and Innovation (Tekes) –  SHOKs (Strategic Centers of Excellence for Science, Technology and Innovation) established for reforming industries such as ICT, metal product and mechanical engineering, forest, construction, health and wellbeing, as well as energy and environment –  Programs include elements of demand and user-driven RDI and Living Labs methodology for involving users in ecosystem creation –  Emphasizes industrial reform and entrepreneurial start-ups•  Finnish Innovation Fund (Sitra) –  Experiments for major societal change projects, also by using Living Labs methodology –  Develops design methods for societal change and action <EsoceNet Industrial Seija Kulkki Forum Rome Dec 6, 2010
  • 6. Finnish Innovation Policy (broadly)•  The Finnish information society 2020 strategy –  Aims at human-centric societal development including services and technologies that are all-inclisive, meaningful, safe and accessible for everyone. –  Ease of use ensures that the digitized culture includes all citizens. –  Solving wicked problems – such as climate change, energy efficiency, wellbeing, aging and other major systemic and structural challenges – call for mobilization of people and social networks and wide use of ICT. –  Open innovation, public-private collaboration and engagement of citizens in co-creation and co-innovation EsoceNet Industrial Forum Seija Kulkki Rome Dec 6, 2010
  • 7. Finnish Innovation Policy (broadly)•  Country Brand Report (Nov 25, 2010): Mission for Finland: How Finland will demonstrate its strengths by solving the world´s most wicked problems –  Encourages openness and collaboration where individuals create side by side with firms, academia, cities and public agencies. –  The idea is to experiment together for better future of humanity –  Mobilization of capabilities and enthusiasm of people, firms, and other actors for solving local and global wicked problems such as climate change, energy efficiency, green development, ageing, wellbeing and social and economic structural change. –  Finland aims at becoming the Silicon Valley of Social Innovation by 2030. –  www.tehtavasuomelle.fi EsoceNet Industrial Forum Seija Kulkki Rome Dec 6, 2010
  • 8. Important role of LLs, cities and SMEs inimplementation of innovation policy•  (1) Policy on start-ups, growth firms and internationalization of firm –  SMEs in new clusters (SHOKs) and Living Labs (industry- based, service-development, city-development)•  (2) Regional innovation strategies – regions are purposebuilt innovation ecosystems : local clusters of competence•  (3) Cities have innovation strategies and act as Living Laboratories –  Oulu, Tampere and Helsinki Metropolitan Region, Jyväskylä, Turku, Lappeenranta EsoceNet Industrial Forum Seija Kulkki Rome Dec 6, 2010
  • 9. LLs for solving wicked problems throughopen human-centric RDI?•  Trinity of Empowered People, Places of Life and Modern ICT People Cities ICT EsoceNet Industrial Forum Seija Kulkki Rome Dec 6, 2010
  • 10. Finnish Innovation Policy and LivingLabs•  Thank You! PhD Seija Kulkki Director, Center for Knowledge and Innovation Research (CKIR) Aalto University School of Economics seija.kulkki@aalto.fi +358-40-353 8423 +358-50-584 9070