TALIA Horizontal Project and the Social&Creative Community met the Living Labs’ Community
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, Living Labs (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.
The workshop "Co-creating innovation: scaling up from Local to Global" held during the International Conference Open Living Lab Days 2019, that brought together more than 410 professionals and co-organised by the European Network of Living Labs, THESSAHALL and the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, has been a great opportunity for promoting the results achieved by the Social & Creative Community in the MED area so far, as well as a successful matchmaking exercise that brought the Living Lab and the Social & Creative community closer.
Co-Create, CreativeWear and MD.net projects have contributed to the discussion by showing their interest in implementing co-creation activities, thus applying the Living Lab methodology, as well as shared their current and future needs on how to increase their communities through this approach.
On the other hand, the first draft of the TALIA Toolkit and all the methods from the Social&Creative Community to be used for developing projects in the Social Innovation and in the Cultural and Creative Industries sector has been presented to gather feedback from the community and implement its final version.
Finally, the InterregMED projects and the Living Labbers discovered more about the Learning Lab Programme offered by ENoLL as an additional service for the ones who would like to set up a Living Lab, and joined a dynamic speed dating session to learn more about themselves and their needs to scale up the S&C community.