Living Lab the Neighbourhood

Collaborative neighbourhood practices.

The work carried out within Living Lab the Neighbourhood deals with social innovation and collaborative services. Social innovation and service innovation are areas of innovation that presently are gathering lots of attention, both within and outside of academia. The work consists of co-productions where new media play important roles in relation to social innovation and service innovation.

The results of Living Lab the Neighbourhood are analyzed in chapters 2–4 in Making Futures: Marginal Notes on Innovation, Design, and Democracy (MIT Press, 2014).

The Neighbourhood aims at creating a co-production and innovation environment for collaborative services and social innovation anchored in a geographic environment that today seldom is associated with social and economic growth.

Several collaborative projects in Malmö, involving a variety of stakeholders, have been set up. Below are a few:

DoDream: Providing networks and resources that can facilitate new projects

DoDream is a platform developed by Good World and the Hunger Project. Through the platform ideas will meet supporting structures such as economic resources and development skills. The user is given the opportunity to describe and visualize her needs, dreams or ideas in order to make them come true, as well as find peers that help to create new real-life projects. Mutual visions and overlapping skills and social networks lay the foundation for this technical and social platform.

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Herrgårds Kvinnoförening: How a creative community among immigrants can be transformed into a resource

Herrgårds Kvinnoförening is a women’s association mainly consisting of women from Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran and Bosnia. Their activities include food catering, small-scale clothing and carpet design/production. During a long term collaboration the Living lab explores how new media services in combination with social innovation can enhance their everyday activities, making them into a resource for the public sphere and surrounding community (and in the long run possibly establishing and increasing business opportunities for them as a commercial cooperative). The Living lab will set up experiments in collaboration with the health care company Attendo which handles and accommodates newly arrived refugee orphans. The basic idea is to explore how the women (with skills in Dari, Pashto and Arabic languages and culture) can become a resource for Attendo and the children. The experiments will consist of a combination of physical gatherings where the women provide meals for the orphans and new media solutions that could support the children’s integration in the Swedish society (e.g. video-material from the women such as cooking instructions and their personal experiences of coming to Sweden). Collaborating partners are: Herrgårds Kvinnoförening, Attendo and the media company Good World.

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Hållbara Hilda: Sustainable lifestyles and services

Hållbara Hilda (Sustainable Hilda) is a housing cooperative in Rosengård with 2000 people that have decided to invest in a sustainable approach when renovating their buildings. In a joint project we will explore a variety of possible collaborative services that could benefit the residents and enhance their investment in sustainability. The Living lab is building relations with the residents as well as investigating the potential in resource sharing and enhancing the community visibility will be built up. The project will also explore how the relation to the nearby supermarket City Gross could be enhanced with new media services offering sustainable food and delivery. Collaborating partners are: Hållbara Hilda, City Gross, Skånes Livsmedelsakademi (Skåne Food Innovation Network) and the dairy company Skånemejerier.

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Neighbourhood Technology: Place-specific technology integrated in public spaces in Rosengård

MKB is a housing company that manages buildings, courtyards as well as some of the public places in Rosengård. They are going to renovate some of the public places and as a part of that process the Living lab in collaboration with the ICT-company Do-Fi and the inhabitants of Rosengård will explore how place specific technology could contribute to new collaborative experiences on these spots. Possible outcomes could be a public jukebox and speakers controlled through mobile phones, or public displays where the inhabitants can reveal their opinions or dreams, or digital art installations that expose the present mood in the neighbourhood. Collaborating partners are: MKB, Do-Fi and the youth culture organization RGRA (The Voices and Faces of the Street).

ParaPolis: Enhancing citizen’s opportunities to to participate in shaping their neighbourhoods

Parapolis is a project exploring how citizen participation regarding urban development can be enhanced with new media. It elaborates how ideas from citizens concerning their local neighborhoods can be collected and later transformed into visual representations. The task includes setting up and experimenting with technology at a square in Fosie in two workshop periods where local inhabitants and stakeholders are invited to co-design participatory technology/media. Collaborating partners are the interaction design company Unsworn Industries, the architect bureau Testbedstudio, three different departments of the City of Malmö, NGOs as well as researchers from Urban studies, Malmö University.

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UrbLove: Providing citizens with the possibility to create narratives about their local neighbourhoods

UrbLove is a project that aims at building a digital platform where young people can construct mobile game paths in and around their neighbourhoods and later invite others to explore them through sms-quizzes sent to their mobile phones. The purpose is to attract youngsters to visit and get to know unexplored areas of the city. There are several possible commercial outcomes of the project. One of them is more in line with social innovation where the young hip-hop immigrants from RGRA together with Ozma for co-produce services for the city (schools etc). Collaborating partners are: Ozma game design, WiP, Do-Fi, RGRA, Lilla Växthuset, City of Malmö (SÖM-project) and researchers from the leisure studies department at Malmö University.

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» Contact Per-Anders Hillgren to learn more about Living Lab the Neighbourhood.

This page was created on Jun 22, 2010, and last revised on Aug 18, 2015.