Cities have a big role to play in closing the climate change and sustainability gap. The utilization of materials and the efficiency of production can be increased by circular economy solutions, while simultaneously decreasing the burden laid on environment and waste management. In order to be successful, a circular economy needs strong networks and platforms, where producers, material and consumers meet. The city of Espoo wants to further the well-being of its residents, environment and economy by leading the transition to circular economy and producing new solutions. To support the […]
Recent findings and policy considerations on immigration are hard currency at the moment. The seminar series launched by the Strategic Research Council (Academy of Finland) is a great opportunity to access such knowledge. The series follows the rocky road of asylum seekers from their countries of origin or from refugee camps further to Finland, to reception centres and, where possible, towards integration and citizenship. Invited commentators give feedback to the researchers, in order to relate the findings to ongoing policy processes and to sparr the researchers from the practitioners’ perspective. […]
How will people live, work and spend daily life in Kuopio in 2030 or 2050? How does urbanisation, changing demographics, digitalisation and resource scarcity transform and impact our cities in the future? Savilahti citizen profiles 2030 & 2050 examines how future megatrends and phenomena influence local environment in Savilahti, Kuopio. The study also provides insight and information to support the development of the area in regards to the needs of future locals and users of the area. The project deliverables contain impact analysis on the relevant megatrends and phenomena, in […]
Peloton Club is an accelerator and an ecosystem dedicated to leverage the full scope of opportunities arising from the most burning challenge of human history: climate change and the depletion of natural resources. We help the most ambitious startup-teams to tap into these opportunities by providing them with the tools and the networks needed to build and test great ideas. We focus on smart solutions mainly in three areas: Food, Housing and Mobility Peloton Club has grown out from a single Peloton project launched in 2009, supporting different industries and […]
Imagine the world without over-consumption and waste? How can we make it happen? Where to start? Building Zero Waste Society project aims to educate local zero waste initiatives, community activists, civic society groups, municipalities and wider society about impact of consumption on the environment and people. We seek to empower and support local zero waste initiatives and share the best practices among and within the partner countries Latvia, Belarus and Finland. The project started in April 2017 and ends in summer 2018. The activities conducted throughout the project include research, […]
By creating new possibilities and capabilities for youth to impact on their own surroundings produces fresh solution to the problems of cities. Manual for youth Space -project created together with young participants from Latvia, Belarus and Finland methods and reasons for cities, schools and youth organisations to work together with youth in order to solve the societal problems. The manual is especially targeted to the regions, which are lacking of formal structures to participate. Demos Helsinki worked together in the project with homo ecos from Latvia and Minsk Bicycle […]
Current urban planning in Finland has several problems that hinder it from steering Finnish city-regional development towards a more sustainable future. The strategic research project BEMINE (Beyond MALPE-coordination: Integrative Envisioning) aims to enhance the integrative capacities for urban planning in order to develop not only new tools and better evidence bases, but also more usable, democratic, and effective concepts and practices. In close collaboration with stakeholders and local actors, BEMINE aims to provide a deeper understanding of the ambiguities and dynamics of Finnish urbanization, as well as visionary and anticipatory […]
In Finland great amount of buildings have been built in the 1960’s and 1970. Improving their energy efficiency is a significant challenge on the way to resource-smart society Y-lab Energy Pilot is an experiment which aimed to save energy usage of district heating system. The experiment was carried out in cooperation with M2-Kodit and Fourdeg. Fourdeg installed smart thermostats in 46 of the 48 apartments in the house. The WLAN was also installed in the property through which the interstate thermostats “discussed”. Residents were able to express their wishes for the […]
Energy and climate strategy, roadmap to a circular economy, Agenda2030. What is the role of sustainable consumption and production within these strategies? Do sustainable consumption and production need a strategy of their own? Which aspects should be included? To answer these questions, Ministry of the Environment has ordered a research from Demos Helsinki and Finnish Environmental Institute Syke. Research will be done with co-creation methods and published in summer 2017. There has been two programmes to promote sustainable consumption and production in Finland. The first in 2005 and the second […]
To learn from the best, to improve one’s own nest and to think about the rest. This is what happens to the Finnish urban professionals when joining the one-week excursion to Portland, Oregon. The Finnish Urbanism Foundation (Urbanismisäätiö) invites biannually a number of Finnish urban strategists, planners, developers and thinkers to learn from “World’s Best Cities”. In 2017 the excursion target is Portland – famous for its liveable urban core and a thriving, increasingly creative economy. The planning of the excursion (taking place in May 2017) was launched by Aalto […]
In 2016-2017 we carried out an exploratory empirical research project, where the connection between today’s actions motivated by climate change (future) were analyzed among Finnish youth. As a result a model of climate change anticipation was created.
Nordic Sustainable Cities is a collaboration with Nordic Innovation. The programme consists of challenge competitions, defining and branding the nordic way of building cities and export efforts of highly advanced solutions for sustainable, liveable and smart cities. In this project create benchmark projects that alliances that base on unique features of the Nordic model: on the expertise and the high quality of technical solutions, in-depth understanding of the environment and effective, open and participatory planning processes.
TryOut is a co-creational and experimentative platform aiming at strengthening emerging business models in cleantech, circular economy and smart city. We bring together newly established teams especially with a background in the University of Helsinki, the city of Helsinki, existing business, and urban inhabitants to experiment new business models, products and services. The goal is to enable experimentative business model development in real urban setting together with people. Moreover with this project a diverse set of solutions to existing problems, faced by the city of Helsinki and other cities globally, […]
What are the possibilities in using digitalization and Internet of Things to improve human capabilities and create a more resource smart world? Towards Digital Paradise -project develops new businesses that are related to sensor technology, help to solve societal problems and are based on Nordic values such as trust, privacy and participation. The project is the part of Naked approach -project, where Finnish universities develop sensor technology, energy harvesters and printed electronics. In the Towards Digital Paradise -project researchers and companies find the ways to commercialize the new technologies. Demos […]
How do we guarantee well-being for everyone, if the only thing we know for sure is that everything will change? What is it about? Sitra and Demos Helsinki have launched The Next Era, work to create a vision aimed at a reform of the Nordic model, i.e. the next era of well-being. We live in the middle of a tremendous transformation that is shaking the basic structures of society. Nordic societies have enjoyed considerable prosperity across recent decades, but now lack a vision for where we will be heading next. […]
Region 2050 is a foresight process that creates scenarios of the future role of regions in the globalized world. Region 2050 combines an international network of foresight experts, one hundred leading civil servants and Demos Helsinki’s participatory foresight methods to look at the role of regions in the future. The process is initiated by Reglab, the regional innovation lab owned by the 21 Swedish regions, Vinnova (Sweden’s innovation agency), Tillväxtverket (The Swedish Agency for Economical and Regional Growth) and SALAR. Region 2050 lasts from 2017-2018.
What are the possibilities in using digitalization and Internet of Things to improve human capabilities and create a more resource smart world? The Naked Approach is a significant strategic research project that investigates means to create an alternative, human-driven approach to operate in the digitalizing society. Design, technology and business solutions are innovated from human perspective and taking the Nordic values into account. In the hyperconnected society there are more and more connections between people and things. This allows for new ways for people to participate and be capable – and […]
Helsinki Challenge is a science based idea competition and an accelerator led by University of Helsinki in collaboration with 10 Finnish universities. Helsinki Challenge was started because societies everywhere are in dire need for impactful, science based solutions addressing the Sustainable Development Goals by the UN. The three themes of Helsinki Challenge in 2017 are ‘People in Change’, ‘Sustainable Planet’ and ‘Urban Future’. Moreover, Helsinki Challenge is a platform for collaboration: 20 selected semifinalists will develop their mind blowing solutions together with experts, advisors, industry, media, decision makers and public […]
It has often been claimed that robot technology is not the future but the reality today. Demos Helsinki and Metropolia are making this claim come true in terms of public transport by analysing the functionality and social acceptability of robot buses. What does it feel like to step into a robot and let it carry oneself through real traffic? The project is a part of a wider EU-funded project called SOHJOA, the collaborators of which include Aalto University, Forum Virium Helsinki, the National land survey of Finland and Tampere University […]
The UN’s new sustainable development programme, Agenda 2030, was launched at the beginning of 2016. At the heart of the programme are 17 universally accepted goals along with 169 sub-goals. The aim of the goals is to eradicate extreme poverty and to foster sustainable development both economically and in terms of well-being and the environment. The Sustainable Development Key Issues and Action Plan 2030 (Avain2030) project aims to provide an overarching assessment of the starting level, challenges and opportunities for Finland in the implementation of Agenda 2030. The project will also conduct […]