Bees and Trees – cooperation between startups and big companies

The Bees and Trees project maps the possibilities for cooperation between small companies (bees) and large companies (trees) in the field of consumer cleantech. The project is part of Tekes’ Cleanweb program. Strategic partnerships are necessary for the co-creation and development of groundbreaking products and services. This need is particularly relevant in the field of consumer cleantech, where changes in consumer behaviour are often radical and systemic. Small companies and startups often have lots of exciting, fresh ideas, but lack the resources and/or knowhow for broad implementation. Large companies, on the […]

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From Failand to Winland

Welcome to Failand! The country where conventional food and energy supplies do not work and security is in shatters. Or would you rather travel to Winland, a Finland where resilient planning and policy-making processes have prevented such a catastrophe from occurring? Our research project ‘From Failand to Winland’ provides an insight to both of these possible futures with the help of scenario planning, decision analysis and co-creation methods. Winland research project studies how water, food and energy related pressures, shocks and policy responses affect Finland’s overall security. We will also look at how resilient […]

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Refugees for Co-creative Cities

European cities have recently tried to accommodate the rapidly grown refugee population. In our view, there is a clear need to rethink refugee accommodation and integration. Instead of seeing the newcomers as burdens of the system, our project approaches refugees as skillful and interested individuals who can contribute to new forms accommodating themselves in their new domiciles. The project was chosen for funding as one of the winners of the Idea Challenge launched by the Advocate Europe Programme in 2015. The project is lead by Kitev (Kultur im Turm e.V.) […]

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Y-Lab – new affordable housing concepts for citizens’ needs

Y-Foundation, Finland’s biggest and internationally recognized non-profit housing company, aims to offer reasonably priced rental accommodations for citizens. To celebrate their 30th anniversary, Y-Foundation co-operated with think tank Demos Helsinki to envision and develop the future of housing. In this collaboration Demos Helsinki and Y-apartments, founded by Y-Foundation, created new reasonably priced housing to answer to townspeople’s needs. This was how Y-lab was created in 2015. Y-Lab explores and experiments with affordable, sustainable and high-quality urban housing. The new services and ways of living are being developed together with tenants, […]

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ClimateLaunchpad Finland

Would you like to tackle climate change with entrepreneurship? Do you have an idea related to energy sector, consumer behaviour, smart mobility, food? We have great news for you, the world’s biggest cleantech business competition Climate Launchpad is here again! Apply here! Climate Launchpad is for early stage teams and startups seeking to impact millions of lives. You may apply if you have a team with an idea or your company is less than a year old. Also you may have not attracted more than 200 000€ in investment. You […]

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Foresight capacity building for Tanzanian Planning Committee

Regional governments and Tanzanian and Zanzibar Planning Committees were trained to do foresight in a very intensive three day workshop. The trained methodologies included environmental scanning, systematic approach to foresight and futures studies, Delphi process and preparing scenarios. The training included teaching the methodologies themselves with a hands-on exercise to map the futures of work in Tanzania in 2040, but also teaching teachers to increase capacity for a broad foresight work in Tanzania. The project was widely praised by the representatives of the Tanzanian government. More information: Tanzania Commission for […]

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Design for Government

New forms of government are sprouting up everywhere: Helsinki Design Lab and Design Driven City programme of Finland, Policy Lab under the UK Cabinet, MindLab of Denmark, and the Public Policy Lab of New York are just the beginning. These actors are renewing the public sector and innovating better societal solutions in the process. How could the same behavioural insight, prototyping culture and evidence-based policy approaches be best operationalised in Finnish government? This was the driving question behind the new Design for Government project, ran by Demos Helsinki in partnership with Avanto Helsinki and Aalto University. […]

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Smart Retro – proof of concept for sustainable services in the built environment

In spring 2014, in three Nordic cities – Lahti in Finland, Stockholm in Sweden and Oslo in Norway – a diverse consortium of public and private actors kicked off a bold project that aims to build the missing link between sustainable built environment and sustainable services. This smart city project runs from May 2014 to October 2015. Twelve stakeholders and players from the fields of retail, research, construction, public sector and housing form a Smart Retro consortium, which aims to create a new business model for sustainable services. Unique in its diversity and high […]

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The Futures of Health

Who are healthcare services produced for in the future? How to support the abilities of individuals, and how will megatrends shape and mold the available resources of today? Who should own the data on your personal health? What is the impact of e-health and other disruptive technologies? In early 2014, Demos Helsinki and the Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare launched a research project on the freedom of choice in healthcare and the future of health and wellbeing. The project focuses on the individual that consumes services. It also produces insight into the promotion of […]

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Peloton – The Makers of New Economy

Peloton (in Finnish “fearless”) supports different industries and organisations in developing products, services and social innovations to help us make resource smart low CO2 choices and to generate new profitable business opportunities for organisations. You can book a Peloton workshop for your organisation or region, help us organise a Peloton Innovation Camp, or take part in the peer-incubator for resource smart startups Peloton Club. Read more at www.peloton.me and www.pelotonclub.me. Peloton was launched in 2009, and over the years it has evolved from a single project into a Peloton way […]

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Academic Entrepreneurship

The University of Helsinki and Demos Helsinki run a project called Yliopistolainen yrittäjyys (Academic entrepreneurship). The first phase of the project from spring 2012 to spring 2013 experimented on how to encourage university students and young researchers to take up entrepreneurial activity that provides solutions to the wicked problems of society. Learning through practice and open development formed the core of this activity. The Tieteestä toimintaa (Action from science) network, a pioneer group composed of students, was born. Numerous events were held, a boot camp trip to Amsterdam, Utrecht and […]

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HOAS Laboratory

The services of housing are underdeveloped, if not non-existent. Yet housing makes up the largest share of both our ecological footprint and our national income. This was the starting point of our joint project with the biggest constructor of the Helsinki area, Foundation for Student Housing in the Helsinki Region (HOAS). This project named HoasLab developed concepts and services for shared and resource smart student accommodation. The first phase of the project in 2010-2012 consisted of a series of experiments involving HOAS partners, tenants, academic departments, and students. The experiments aimed to improve communications […]

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International Expert

In the International Expert project initiative the Centre for International Mobility (CIMO) and Demos Helsinki found out what international expertise in the 2010s is about. This research shows the significance and importance of being international in the changing society and the work environment of the future. The global megatrends that impact society affect the work environment in a way that remains unrecognised. Learning happens increasingly outside the formal structures and frameworks. Simultaneously the working methods and the demanded areas of expertise evolve. The International Expert project was based on extensive […]

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Sparks! – Engaging the intellectually disabled as part of the community

The aim of the Kipinöitä! (Sparks!) project is to help intellectually disabled individuals function as active citizens as part of their surrounding communities, use its services and give their own contribution to their respective community. Demos Helsinki pilots the diverse group of experts that develops new, innovative ways to build bridges between these individuals and the community. To gather working material, in the winter of 2012-2013 we carried out a Delfoi-questionnaire that gathered future signals of the development of the status of the intellectually disabled in society. The project is funded by Finland’s […]

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SPREAD – Sustainable Lifestyles 2050

In the SPREAD – Sustainable Lifestyles 2050 project Demos Helsinki together with eight European research institutes outlined the most important drivers for change in sustainable lifestyles up until 2050. European Commission –funded project develops an understanding of the diversity of sustainable lifestyles and the central drivers of change. In SPREAD Demos Helsinki created future scenarios of sustainable lifestyles that open up four distinct future paths for the realisation of sustainable lifestyles from today till 2050. The scenarios illustrate how sustainable lifestyles increase in scale from promising local experiments into motors […]

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World Design Capital Pavilion

Helsinki was the World Design Capital in 2012. The central stage and forum of the design year, the WDC pavilion was a centre for entertainment and learning from May till September 2012. Demos Helsinki curated the programme including discussion on poverty, design markets, lunch yoga, a short film festival, and a live record panel The wooden pavilion was open for 105, with a range of groups organising activities open for everyone. The pavilion turned design thinking into action that enticed people from different backgrounds into developing their shared and personal living space together. The aim of […]

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PEERSOME 2012 Summit

PEERSOME 2012 was the world’s first conference on peer groups and sustainable lifestyles. Groups rule the world. Groups breed new kinds of consumers. More confident, more powerful and most importantly more willing to change their lifestyles. Together. Research suggests that groups impact behaviour most strongly. The focus of PEERSOME 2012 were the people behind the most successful business and research initiatives employing groups in spreading sustainable lifestyles. PEERSOME 2012 gathered a group of leading international experts and practitioners from the fields of psychology, design, economics, cultural studies, marketing, technology and business […]

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School Festival 2012

If everyone you knew were to gather in one place to teach each other something, what would they be able to teach? We all know something someone else wants to learn about – this is why Demos Helsinki and the Helsinki Festival together with the Aalto University and The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra organised 24.-26.8.2012 School, a festival of mutual learning. Knowledge and skills were unleashed when 800 participants partook in hundreds of lessons with themes ranging from Socratic Dialogue to skipping rope games and from the basics of consultancy to […]

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Low2No Camp

Low2No Camp was a strategic design workshop. In Low2No Camp thirty carefully chosen Helsinki-based urban activists came together to create and scale up groundbreaking projects from Restaurant day and Hemistan to Basso and Kääntöpöytä. These key people of Helsinki´s people-driven urban culture worked hard to take our thinking on what good life in cities can be to a new level. Low2No Camp happened in two parts. The first part took place in DMY Berlin International Design Festival, where the group was an exhibitor in the Maker Lab-section. On the way […]

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Children and youth on the move

Exercise is one of the most important pillars of happiness and wellbeing. The Finnish national organisation for youth exercise Nuori Suomi asked Demos Helsinki to reflect on the kind of society where children and youngsters experience more of the enjoyment and utility that exercise brings. A new direction for youth exercise was developed through an open process together with hundreds of different actors, ranging from traditional exercise and sport experts to new actors and procedures. The results of the project were used to compile a manifesto for children and youth exercise.

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