El repte d’articular agendes compartides per a la sostenibilitat i el canvi social – Tatiana Fernández Sirera

En els darrers anys s’ha generat un ampli consens sobre la necessitat urgent de donar respostes eficaces a problemes com el canvi climàtic, la contaminació, el malbaratament de recursos o la desocupació persistent. Aquests problemes són un resultat directe del nostre model de desenvolupament econòmic i social. Per resoldre aquests problemes i avançar cap als objectius de desenvolupament sostenible, és imprescindible donar resposta a preguntes com ara les següents: com podem produir aliments sense malmetre el medi ambient i donant suport a les comunitats rurals?, com podem impulsar una transició justa sense deixar cap col·lectiu enrere?, com podem redirigir els recursos privats i públics que ara es destinen a activitats que provoquen degradació ambiental i canvi climàtic cap a activitats que fomentin la sostenibilitat?Read More »

The challenge of articulating shared agendas for sustainability and social change – Tatiana Fernández Sirera

In recent years, a broad consensus has been reached on the urgent need to provide effective responses to problems such as climate change, pollution, waste of resources, persistent unemployment and so on. These problems are the direct result of our model of economic and social development. To respond to these problems and to advance towards the sustainable development goals, it is essential to answer such questions as the following: how can we produce food and support rural communities without damaging the environment? How can we ensure a fair transition without leaving any group or community behind? How can we redirect private and public resources currently devoted to activities that cause environmental degradation and climate change towards activities that promote sustainability?Read More »

Living labs: present and future – Tatiana Fernández

Source: First Catlabs Innovation Camp

In Catalonia and throughout Europe, governments are called on to provide new and more effective responses to major societal challenges (population aging, climate change, pollution, mobility, etc.), and must do so, urgently, within a context of limited public resources. Their failure to create effective responses to these challenges and to societal needs has distanced European citizens from the public administration.

In this context, over the last few years we have seen the emergence of spaces for participation and open innovation in which citizens and different entities work together and organise themselves to generate effective responses to societal challenges and needs, often without the participation —or with little participation— on the part of the public administration.

The conference on «Living labs, innovació oberta i universitats» («Living Labs, Open Innovation and Universities»), organised by the University of Barcelona and the European Network of Living Labs (EnoLL), served to demonstrate that there are many players in Catalonia that understand the importance of establishing such spaces for open innovation. Living labs, citizen or social laboratories and digital manufacture facilities, are collaborative spaces for meeting and experimentation that enable stakeholders to tackle complex societal challenges by designing, developing and testing innovative solutions.

Living labs are often established by enterprising citizens and by universities, and are financed by the public administrations, mainly local authorities. However, the Government of Catalonia also supports such initiatives by providing funding through RIS3CAT calls for proposals. At the first call for PECT local territorial projects, funding was awarded to fourteen lab projects. Universities have also financed living labs through OTRI calls for knowledge transfer projects. Similarly, the Government of Catalonia promotes the reorientation of the Punt TIC network towards innovation laboratories that promote the participation and involvement of citizens in designing local public policies and managing public facilities and services in the local sphere.Read More »

Els labs, present i futur – Tatiana Fernández

Font: Primer Camp d’Innovació de Catlabs

L’Administració pública ha de donar respostes noves i més eficaces als grans reptes de la societat (l’envelliment de la població, el canvi climàtic, la contaminació, la mobilitat, etc.), i ho ha de fer urgentment i en un context de limitació dels recursos públics, a Catalunya i arreu d’Europa. La incapacitat de produir respostes eficaces als reptes i necessitats de la ciutadania ha anat distanciant la ciutadania europea de les administracions públiques.

En aquest context, durant els darrers anys hem vist sorgir espais participatius i d’innovació oberta, en els quals ciutadania i entitats col·laboren i s’organitzen per donar respostes efectives als reptes i les necessitats socials, sovint sense la participació —o amb poca participació— de les administracions públiques.

En la jornada «Living labs, innovació oberta i universitats», organitzada per la Universitat de Barcelona i la Xarxa Europea de Living Labs (EnoLL), es va fer palès que a Catalunya hi ha molts agents que han comprès la rellevància de crear aquests espais d’innovació oberta. Els living labs, els laboratoris ciutadans o socials i els espais de fabricació digital, són espais de trobada i experimentació, que permeten abordar reptes socials complexos i plantejar, desenvolupar i contrastar solucions innovadores de manera col·laborativa.

Sovint els labs són promoguts per ciutadans emprenedors i universitats i tenen finançament de les administracions públiques, principalment de les administracions locals, però també de la Generalitat, mitjançant les convocatòries de subvenció de la RIS3CAT. En la primera convocatòria de PECT (projectes territorials locals) s’han finançat 14 projectes de labs. Diverses universitats també han finançat labs mitjançant la convocatòria d’OTRI (projectes de transferència de coneixement). Paral·lelament, la Generalitat impulsa la reorientació de la Xarxa Punt TIC cap a un model de laboratoris d’innovació que promoguin la participació i la implicació ciutadana en el disseny de les polítiques públiques locals i en la gestió dels equipaments i els serveis públics de l’àmbit local.Read More »

The challenge of articulating social innovation projects from the public administration – Tatiana Fernández

  1. Social innovation in the public administration

Social innovation is a way of responding to societal challenges from the perspective of a systemic process in which the public administration collaborates with other players (companies, universities, civil society, etc.). Social innovation aims to generate incremental changes in human attitudes and behaviours and in relations and the distribution of power between different organisations and groups. The central elements in social innovation are processes of empowering people and collective learning, and the results are more effective public policy and improved quality of life for citizens.

The process of social innovation in the public administration involves the following four elements:

  • A process beginning with the identification of a complex social challenge with multiple dimensions in a particular environment. The challenge has various interdependent causes, and responses to it require a systemic approach that focuses on the relations between all the stakeholders involved and on making progress towards common goals.
  • A search is made for innovative, collaborative solutions that can contribute to meeting the societal challenge and generate value for society. These solutions often take the shape of services and new or improved processes, which are developed through innovative forms of interaction and collaboration among the different players in the quadrupole helix (government, companies, universities and, especially, civil society, as the final beneficiary) involved in the challenge. The solutions are not necessarily completely new, but they must be new within the context in which they are proposed.
  • Pilot projects, which are implemented and tested on a small scale, accompanied by a participatory monitoring system to measure the results and impact on the challenge.
  • If the solutions tested are effective, they can be implemented on a larger scale or be adapted and reproduced in other territories. 

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