Urbanization is a global megatrend and, in the future, the majority of people will live in cities also in Finland. In September 2015, Future Earth Finland gathered an extensive group of experts from different backgrounds to discuss the challenges of sustainable urbanization. The event was part of the “Living lab network for global change research” run by Future Earth Finland. Future Earth Finland is a pilot project of PE2020.
Changes in nature and societies are interlinked
The day started with a talk by professor Markku Kulmala, a renowned climate scientist and the Chair of Future Earth Finland. Kulmala stated that if we want to tackle the grand challenges of our lifetime, we must grasp the big picture of the dynamic interactions between nature and societies.
Check out the video for interviews of experts about public engagement!
The PE2020-project organised in April a context tailoring workshop about living labs and public engagement. Some of the experts participating into the workshop expressed their expert opinions related to public engagement.
You will hear answers to questions such as:
What would be the benefits if research would take into account stakeholder engagement in greater extent?
Does public engagement have a role in social Innovation and reflective learning and why?
What kinds of problems do you see in science and governance?
How do you see that public or stakeholder engagement (for example in living labs) could find answers to societal challenges and the development of technology?
Please listen to Tanja Suni, Iina Koskinen, Maija Sirola, Timo Hämäläinen, Tony Gaye and Erkki Ormala and share us your views in the comment page!
The PE2020 project partners at the two units of the University of Helsinki: Consumer Society Research Centre and HEGOM Research Group organise a workshop with the Center for Knowledge and Innovation Research (CKIR) at Aalto University. The aim of the context tailoring workshop is to contextualize and define Living Lab as a public engagement tool.
How does Living Labs as research strategy and methodology help in engaging people, cities, regions, public agencies and firms when solving major societal challenges of our time?