(Re)designing the Regions 1

As mentioned in a blog post yesterday, the French social innovation agency La 27e Région is on a study trip to the Öresund Region and MEDEA is taking on the role as co-hosts to the event. This is a recap of (a selection of) today’s events.

La 27e Région
The day started with a presentation by Stéphane Vincent (executive director, La 27e Région), Romain Thévenet (designer, La 27e Région) and François Jégou (SDS director and scientific adviser of La 27e Région) on specific methods of social innovation. They aim at fostering creativity, social and digital innovation in regions and localities by initiating user-deriven projects in schools, rural areas, business parks hosting multidisciplinary teams involving designers, social innovators, researchers, architects and artists. La 27e Région also organizes creative workshops and barcamps for and with the regions.

Young Foundation
The second presentation was made by Louise Pulford and Joop Tanis from Young Foundation. They presented two social innovation programs supervised by their organization. (1) SIX (Social Innovation eXchange) is a global community that connects people, governments, NGOs, foundations – enabling them to learn and collaborate and replicate innovative projects in different countries, whilst simultaneously developing the filed of social innovation across the world. (2) SEiR (Social Entrepreneur in Residence) is a programme that brings entrepreneurs into an organization to develop its innovative capacities.

Ekostaden Augustenborg
The third presentation was made by Trevor Graham, project manager of Ekostaden Augustenborg. This project is located in one of Sweden’s largest urban sustainability project. It aims for making the Augustenborg City District in Malmö into a more socially, economically and ecologically sustainable neighbourhood. Augustenborg was originally built at the end of the 1940s to international acclaim, but has over the decades suffered from general neglect, economic decline and severe unemployment. This urban renewal project, supervised by Trevor Graham, has relied on an intensive participatory  planning process, innovative local mobility initiatives, integration of social and ecological interests and a comprehensive approach to neighbourhood redevelopment. See his full presentation in the player below or here.

One Planet Mobility
Finally, before leaving for a field trip, Michael Narberhaus (WWF Sustainable Consumption Team, UK) and François Jégou (SDS) presented One Planet Mobility. The aim of this project is to develop a new model of mobility that combines radically reduced car dependency and increased quality of life with reductions in CO2 emissions. The initiative is led by WWF and involves so far five European cities (Barcelona, Freiburg, Lille, Malmö and Sofia). See their full presentation in the player below or here.

Field trip to Seved, Augustenborg and Rosengård.
All participants got on a bus and went on a field trip to the city districts Seved, Augustenborg and Rosengård to meet people and organizations that are involved in social innovation practices.

Democratizing Innovation: Malmö Living Labs Experience
The final presentation of the day was made by Per-Anders Hillgren and Pelle Ehn, researchers at MEDEA. (1) Hållbara Hilda is a housing cooperative in Rosengård whose occupants have decided to invest in a sustainable approach when renovating their buildings, investing in solar energy and taking care of day water etc. As a part of this process, MEDEA will explore how collaborative services can be co-designed to enhance everyday living among the residents. (2) Herrgårds Women Association is a multi ethnic NGO with approximately 200 women from Afghanistan, Iran, Irag and Kosovo situated in Rosengård. MEDEA will in collaboration with them explore how services can be developed that take advantages of the women’s specific intercultural competences.