Work 2040 – Scenarios for the Future of Work

From the 80s to the present day, rather big changes have taken place in Finland’s occupational structure. The workers of 2017 represent a different group than a couple of decades ago. Part of the progression is slower and part of it is uneven, because the working population replaces itself over decades. For example, a student studying coding in comprehensive school this year will receive their MSc in the early 2030s. At times it is hard to notice the transformation of work, for the concepts and vocabularies of work have been […]

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WITH – Refugees for co-creative cities

In Refugees for co-creative cities, we wanted to re-think the accommodation of refugees in Europe. We challenge the concept of the reception centre by new forms of accommodation, which are co-created by refugees, asylum seekers and locals. Publication WITH shares some examples of workable solutions for inclusive housing and better integration. The project was one of the winners of the Idea Challenge launched by the Advocate Europe Programme in 2015. The project was carried out by Kitev (Kultur im Turm e.V.) from Germany and with Institute for Spatial Policies (IPoP) from Slovenia and Demos Helsinki […]

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Design for Government: Humancentric governance through experiments

The report for the Design for Government project published in June 2015 proposed a new, quick-to-implement model for including experiments and behavioural approaches into Finnish policy design. The use of behavioural approaches as part of governmental steering has been shown to make policy more user-orientated, targeted and efficient. The English introduction presented below includes the chapter 3 of the original report. It has inspired the commitment in current government’s programme to culture of experimentation. Further, it is used to plan the experiments undertaken, such as the basic income experiment in 2017 by the Social […]

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Policy brief: Finland aims to become a sustainable development leader

The UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was launched in the beginning of 2016 and Finland aims to be among the leading countries in its implementation. The Avain2030 project of the Finnish Environment Institute and Demos Helsinki identified the pain points and success stories of sustainable development in Finland based on international comparisons and stakeholder views. This policy brief presents the key findings and policy recommendations. The policy brief was written in collaboration with Kaskas Media.

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Agenda 2030 in Finland: Key questions and indicators of sustainable development

Avain2030 project examined Finland’s current position and identified its challenges and successes as a part of UN’s global 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The study was commissioned by Finnish Government and conducted by Demos Helsinki and Finnish Environment Institute. Finland performs well in international benchmarking on sustainable development, but in recent years our position has dropped in most rankings. Finland should concentrate especially on social inequalities and employment as well as matters related to climate and consumption of natural resources. Finland still has all the potential to remain among the […]

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How does hyperconnectivity change the way your company creates value?

Hyperconnected business is a personalized report for companies to be used to design new resource efficient business models based on six identified value creation models that Hyperconnectivity allows and their related development steps. Access the report here! The current global development is increasing interdependency in the economy, with digitalization and the Internet being the main drivers towards a Hyperconnected World, defined by increasing digital interconnections of people and things – anytime and anywhere. From the perspective of organizations, business is not the same as it used to be. Changes that have […]

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Health 2050 – Four scenarios for human-driven health and freedom of choice

This scenario report examines how hidden resources in people and communities can be better utilized to tackle the toughest challenges of health and healthcare. Ageing population, digitalization, freedom of choice, and prevalence of lifestyle-related diseases are among the main reasons healthcare systems are reformed. Today, the average office worker sits for about ten hours day. This behaviour is associated with type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and increased risk of cancer incidence and mortality respectively. How does one combat such illnesses with a traditional healthcare system? Our vision for the future […]

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Briefing: Successful Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Digitalisation is no longer about computers; people and physical things are becoming hyperconnected with cheap, abundant sensors resulting in the merging of digital and physical realities. To meet these challenges, Nordic societies look for new ways to prosper in the era of hyperconnectivity while upholding the traditional Nordic values of trust, equality and human-centrism. A crucial question is how Nordic companies and startups can compete with these values on the global markets. Demos Helsinki wanted to uncover what is required for a successful Nordic hyperconnected business ecosystem to emerge. Assigned […]

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The Future as Told Through the Garden and the Streets

THERE ARE FOUR THINGS that everyone needs to understand. Not tomorrow, not next week, not next year, not next decade. Today. ONE: The hyperconnected planet is already happening. TWO: Eventually, the technologies presented in this publication will become part of our environment and daily lives. THREE: It will inevitably change our relationship to the physical world and our relationships with other people, affecting communities, societies, and economies. FOUR: It enables new opportunities for a good life within the planetary boundaries. The scenario report investigates 5 most important tensions in the […]

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Nordic Cities Beyond Digital Disruption

The stories of places like Songdo in South Korea or Masdar city in Abu Dhabi fit the classic Smart City mold: technologically highly advanced, newly built cities, planned in a top- down manner by leading architects and technology companies. This, however, is not the reality in which most of us urban-dwellers live: In 30 years’ time, the majority of urban dwellers will still live in neighbourhoods built in the 20th century. Yet the Smart City approach is the paradigm of urban development in the 2010s. Nordic Cities Beyond Digital Disruption […]

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Trailer of Nordic Cities beyond Digital Distruption

I think this is the key way to go…..rather than thinking of Songdo as the model. – Saskia Sassen, professor, Columbia University, on “Nordic Cities Beyond Digital Disruption” Many urban areas – both buildings, services and urban activity – are dilapidating. Smart urban services provide new jobs and make cities more livable. The strongest urban vitality comes from the engagement of locals, the existence of good services and fit infrastructure. ”Nordic Cities Beyond Digital Disruption” publication introduces a new way to develop vibrant and smart cities. Join the launch event on 6th […]

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TANZICT – Foresight as a complementary approach to planning

Demos Helsinki worked in collaboration with Tanzania Commission of Science and Technology and National Planning Commission on how to create capabilities and use foresight and co-creation by conducting research project with a headline “the Future of Forests as a Resource for Tanzania”. The research process combined foresight methodologies and co-creation tools to create four scenarios on the future of forests until the year 2035.

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Cleantech takes over consumer markets

At the intersection of resource scarcity, the rising cost of fuel, digitalization and user-centricity lies a vast new business opportunity – one that Finland, with right actions, is fully capable of seizing. The new wave of cleantech, consumer cleantech, refers to consumer targeted solutions that decrease the use of natural resources. Commissioned by Tekes (the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation), Demos Helsinki and Solved have put together a report on the rising opportunities in consumer cleantech. Not only does the report chart the opportunities offered by consumer cleantech, it also […]

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Smart Retro – Novel Way to Develop Cities

The radical development in smart solutions, the ageing of building stock, our need to radically cut our greenhouse gas emissions and many other strong drivers are changing the way we live, faster than ever before. That change is particularly significant in areas with older building stock – but it is not deterministic change. This is a baseline report for Smart Retro: a project exploring how we can rein in the strength of emerging trends – like digitalisation and the sharing economy – and use them to steer the development of […]

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Hidden Competences

International skills and competences, developed through international experiences during study or practical training, are an asset on the labour market. Or so we assume. But do we know this? In 2012–13, the Centre for International Mobility (CIMO) and the think tank Demos Helsinki examined how employers rated the skills and knowledge acquired through international experiences in their recruitment. We also wanted to gain a better understanding of employers’ views and expectations on international experiences. The report from this project – Piilotettu osaaminen (Hidden Competences), available in Finnish – confirmed the […]

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Gatekeepers of Sustainable Innovation

Green economy is widely recognized as one of an essential drivers shaping businesses and innovation strategies in the coming years. However, only in very few consumer sector companies sustainability and innovation are interlinked in responsibilities of professionals: sustainability issues are often still too remote or marginal to be a key innovation driver for people working with innovation management. Here we aim at depicting alternative strategic approaches for bridging this gap and engaging different groups of professionals in seeing sustainability as a driver for innovation. The results of this paper and […]

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From Local Loops to Global Champions: Scenarios for Sustainable Lifestyles 2050

The fact that European lifestyles are not sustainable in the long term is hardly a surprise for anyone. However, there has been a total gap in through research into what kind of social structures and lifestyles can be disruptively more sustainable. In this scenario-report we present extensive and in-depth research on sustainable lifestyles into year 2050. The scenario’s are based on the two significant uncertainties. Future technology is either “pandemic” or “endemic”. Additionally future society’s governing principle is either humancentric or meritocratic. From these different viewpoints we have created four alternative scenarios […]

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iFuture – The diversity of sustainable lifestyles

The law of supply and demand has not applied to the scarcity of natural resources and increased consumer prices. Consequently, the material nature of our lives has blurred. Stuff seems to appear and disappear from our lives as if they were immaterial. Now this is changing rapidly. iFuture – The diversity of sustainable lifestyles is European-wide consumer study into future lifestyles. We profiled 80 participants according to their material footprints. For each profile we created a set of social and commercial innovations to free them from their most material-intensive everyday practices. […]

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Well-being of the Metropolis

The Helsinki region carries unique potential for lasting wealth. The strength of the region lies in the breath of capacities of its citizens: sustainable success of the metropolis can only arise from its people, with whom it can create sustainable well-being. This means that we make solving the great global challenges a priority on the public and private sectors as well as in the actions of individuals and communities. It can be done if every kind of know-how and zeal is directed at the most wicked problems of our time. […]

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Politics of Happiness – A Manifesto

Most of us value happiness over wealth. In a democratic society this fact should influence politics. Happiness studies in the recent years however show that people are appallingly bad in evaluating what really makes us happy. The recent developments in scientific happiness studies from economics to psychology are ripe for politisation of the findings. This manifesto is quest to bring together the growing body of findings from happiness studies to conceive what sustainable well-being could be. The manifesto explains how better and deeper free time, participation and togetherness, meaningful places, a new […]

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No Development without Addressing Climate Change

Authors: Tuuli Kaskinen, Olli Alanen, Aleksi Neuvonen, Pirkka Åman The report introduces the intersections between climate and development policies, UN climate policy, and basic concepts related to climate change for the use of development aid professionals. Published in the Kepa series of background investigation in April 2009. Report in Finnish, English and Portuguese. ISBN: 978-952-200-086-6, 44 pages

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Low2No – Green markets must be created by you

We need more than sustainable versions of everyday products. We need new products and services based on behaviour change. Most companies are dismally bad at creating successful sustainable consumption. Today’s eco-attempts remain above all clumsy and expensive eco-versions of mainstream products. However real success lies in changing consumer behavior and creating new markets by designing unique products and services. Just like McDonald’s did with restaurants, Apple did with mobile computing, Yellow Tail with wine and Airbnb with hotels. Finding gatekeepers is key to creating new markets by behaviour change. In […]

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Consider it solved! How Finland will solve the world’s most wicked problems

Branding nations is about building on their unique collective strengths. From this guideline we created a country brand for Finland. This report belongs to a new era for country branding. Rather than looking at what a nation’s differentiation as a brand is we looked at how a brand can bring together global demand and local strengths. In this way Finnish industries, cities, citizen groups and various other organisation were given direct tasks in making Finland the solver of “the world’s most wicked problems”. Authors: Tuuli Kaskinen, Tuula Kousa, Outi Kuittinen, Tommi Laitio, Antti Lippo, […]

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City 2.0 – Towards a Social Silicon Valley

In 2007 Demos Helsinki joined an architectural practice NOW Architects to create a vision for the Metropolitan Helsinki area. The vision wan the second prize in the international ideas competition. Towards City 2.0 was a forerunner of user-led city development, visioning a city that is totally user driven. In other words a new model of metropolitan democracy, based on local participative governance, foresight and social venture capital. The members of the entry’s creative team were architects Hans Park and Tuomas Toivonen and thinkers Roope Mokka ja Aleksi Neuvonen.

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