Mini-Panel visions

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Weak signals of change in the way we innovate have been amplified and used to prompt strategic conversation between a range of experts and stakeholders. 8 topics emerged and were investigated more in-depth in different countries and in the arenas they relate to.

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The emerging visions introduce fundamental changes in the mechanisms coordinating innovation supply and innovation demand such as:

– fab lab infrastructures enabling self-prototyping;

– deliberation processes moderating innovation;

– innocamps for collaborative problem solving;

– citizen agencies to promote local public innovations;

– innovation chain masters coordinating  various actors and ideas;

– a Surplus Ecosystem exchanging it’s own Surplus with society

– city open data available for innovation;

– algorithms tracking promising opportunities;

– creativity supporting environments

– shared infrastrutures mixing innovation actors;

These new ways of coordination generate new type of outcomes such as:

– solutions for societal needs;

– new relations between people and things

– cultural innovations changing meanings and identities;

– solutioning systems

Innocamp Society

Dominik Wind, 

Until we see new land, Germany.

Workshop with stakeholders of future innovation camps (Berlin).

People regularly join “Innovation camps” set up by private and public actors for a limited time span for experimental, collaborative problem solving, foresight, participatory decision making and joint learning.

Innovation Camps are protected spaces providing facilities for collaborative living, working and prototyping in intense physical gatherings of interdisciplinary groups.

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Ubiquitous Innovation

Base on the mini-panel “Widespread Creativity” 

Rolandas Strazdas, Global Creators, Lithuania

Professor innovation management, company consultant

Creative session with innovation management experts (Vilnius)

All actors in all value creation steps contribute creativity, no longer artists and designers only. All professions are recognised as “creative”. High emphasis is placed on relational innovation.

Managers’ role evolves fundamentally from coordinating workflows to become creativity-enhancing facilitators.

Employees are constantly involved in internal processes and product innovation projects, annual innovation contests, generating company-ideas for new products or services or improving internal processes and working conditions.

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Deliberative Innovation

Base on the mini-panel “Deliberative Innovation” 

Anders Jacobi, Denmark

Danish Board of Technology, Denmark

Visioning session among actors of participatory technology assessment (Kopenhagen)

There are two main drivers of deliberative innovation: societal needs and citizens ideas:

    •Representative citizens’ panels are involved in exploring societal needs, developing and assessing different innovative solutions and     finally proposing the concept to be adopted.

    •In a structured process, citizens ideas are regularily put forward and fed into companies’ and other institutions open innovation processes.

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Open Innovation City

Base on the mini-panel “Open Innovation City” 

Daniel Kaplan, François Jégou, France

FING – The Next Generation Internet Foundation

Workshop envisioning the “open innovation city” with actors from city councils and companies involved with city level innovation (Paris)

Public-private partnerships, permanent innovation in urban services, public discussions, users interventions, co-design, customisation and even hacking are usual practices…

Multiplication from the micro to the macro levels, of all kinds of initiatives, experimentations, projects and their up-scaling is facilitated.

Reflexive processes as constant data gathering, feedback analysis, experimentation observation drives permanent improvement

Key resources are:

– open data, be they public-service information, crowdsourced or other data

– flexible places that can support different kinds of activities at different moments

– co-production places, including Fab Labs to prototype and produce physical as well as digital artefacts

– political vision and guidance is needed to regulate the resulting landscape of players, representations, and services.

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Waste Based Open Innovation

Base on the mini-panel “Waste Based Innovation” 

Jay Cousins, US/Germany

Founder of Open Design City Berlin

Workshop in Berlin with stakeholders and key actors from cradle to cradle community (Berlin)

Waste-Based Innovation relies on:

– waste reduced through producing only on demand;

– the Access Culture an autonomous distributed network providing everyone with access to knowledge, tools and resources they need to improve their lives and environment.

– a Surplus Ecosystem that treats waste as material resource and exchanges it’s own Surplus with society.

In the Suplus ecosystem …

– Waste Mines provide access to waste resources.

– RFID chips in all products allow identifying materials, production processes and potential use in afterlife.

– Material Labs store and extract resources from waste.

– Both localised and virtual spaces facilitate object swapping.

– Modular products can be recombined “lego style”.

– Home Labs, Local Labs and Factories enable citizens to produce their own products.

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Automatising innovation

Base on the mini-panel “Automatised Innovation” 

Patrick Corsi, Belgium

Independent Consultant

Four Interviews with key companies (IBM, EPFL, INSEAT ISTIA innovation) and group telephone discussion

Automatisation of innovation is based on:

– permanent scanning of the Internet for emerging ideas;

– digital systems randomly creating enormous amounts of variants;

– semantic web-filters tracking changes in consumer preferences in real time;

– virtual simulation of innovation to be tested with users before realising them.

– automatised platforms with matching algorithms permanently tracking promising opportunities.

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New spatial distribution of innovation

Base on the mini-panel “Innovation Chain Master” 

Anna Trifilova, Russia and Bettina von Stamm, UK

Professors Innovation Management; Innovation Leadership Forum

Three seminars in the framework of international conferences with researchers and company representatives  (Nürnberg, London, Exeter)

– Innovation is globally distributed and happens where it is needed.

– Innovation mindset and skills are widespread in particular among leaders.

– Actors with special skills facilitate coordination of innovation chain elements (rather than pure self-organisation).

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Social experimentation

Base on the mini-panel “Participatory Innovation” 

Stéphane Vincent, François Jégou, France

La 27e Région

Drafting of Citizens Agency in a visioning session with actors in social innovation. Brussels

A new culture of innovation within public sector would be characterised by:

– availability of flexible interdisciplinary professional meso-level structure functioning as “innovation mediator” aligning social and technological innovation through stakeholder dialogue.

– an open network of social micro-experimentations involving local stakeholders participation to stimulate, try and debug new ideas;

– a growing range of trans-disciplinary tools and methods used to facilitate the process of social change;

– a budget based on anticipation of the social and economic impact, public/private international founders and local micro-credit;

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