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The project
Living Labs experiments towards public and collaborative
Our program is divided in diverse tracks aimed at developing new solutions for the public sector promoting the cross-sectorial collaboration between grass root iniatives coming from NGOs, companies, citizens and the public sector. 
Track1: Incubator for entrepreneurs with a focus on social innovation.
The City of Malmö is initiating an incubator for social innovation. We got the commission to conduct a series of workshops to explore what such a incubator could be. Over 30 actors from private, public and third sector as well as academia participated in this collective scenario building. But, the centralised incubator with a focus on new jobs that is now being implemented differs from the recommendations from the workshop participants that advocated a distributed model based on already existing resources. This points to the difficulties in dealing with this kind of "public and collaborative" design that has to be further explored. Also to be explored is the future relationship between the centralized incubator and the wider social innovation landscape in Malmö. 
Expected results: reflection about cross-sector collaborative design processes. The result will be collected in a draft for a book chapter. 
Track2 :Herrgårds women association as a resource for new forms of public services
Herrgårds women is a NGO of immigrant working in one of Malmö roughest neighbourhoods. 
They are dealing with education, social and health issues involving their members and the local communities. Their experiences have shown how in some occasions how they can be more effective than public agencies in tackling specific issues. Together with them we are exploring how these activities could become a resource for Malmö city and generating new forms of public services. 
Expected results: reflections on the role of NGOs in the public sector, reflections on the process of an NGO becoming a cooperative (challenges, opportunities). The results will be collected in a draft for a book chapter.
Track3:STPLN as new physical platforms for people empowerment in the city
STPLN is a building owned by the city of Malmö and run by the NGO STPLN. It is a platform supporting new activities in the cultural and creative sectors. In collaboration with the NGO we are running a maker-space inside a house, a workshop where people can access tools and machines to (build) almost anything, and supporting diverse projects growing in the house. STPLN represents an experiment about how an NGO connected with diverse actors could support the development of new ways of nurturing the cultural and creative sector.
Expected results: reflections on how a NGO can work as a platform for diverse kinds of innovation and how alternative economies could be established.The results will be collected in a draft for a book chapter.
Academic Courses (not yet defined)
Design for Sustainability
Service design (Interaction design bachelor, Interaction design master)
Designing communication processes for social change
Main partners
Malmö city, municipality
Herrgårds women association, NGO