How to design an impactful research project?

From Failand to Winland is a transdisciplinary research project assessing future energy and food security in Finland with co-creation and future scenarios. In May 2017, Iina Koskinen, interaction specialist at Demos Helsinki, travelled to Tokyo, Japan, to present Winland to Future Earth, an international global change research initiative. Have a look at the three most important design principles behind a transdisciplinary research project and how these principles are implemented in Winland. Transdisciplinary research aims for change Sustainability challenges such as climate change, rapid urbanization and air quality need new ways […]

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5th Ave from the New School

On an expedition in the US: Why open innovation and participatory processes stumble or succeed?

This year Demos Helsinki’s Head of Co-creation Outi Kuittinen visits the New School and Harvard as a Fulbright Scholar to explore how open innovation and participatory processes stumble or succeed. And will bring you the insights. Co-creation, open and participatory processes for innovating services and for planning policies are slowly becoming more of a rule than an exception. And this is great news. More voices are heard, highly specialized silos of the industrial era are broken, there is hope for more holistic solution for wicked problems. There is a promise […]

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5 Views on What Basic Income Should Be and Why It Matters

It seems that basic income is on the lips of everyone today. From Finland to the Netherlands, Switzerland to Canada, governments and cities have embraced the idea as one worth testing. Although talk of basic income has been around for some time, it seems that now there is a real push, an unwavering drive and motivation to see how the idea could work in practice. Beyond the hype, however, lie some crucial questions that need to be addressed. With support from all sides of the political spectrum and interest from […]

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A New Way to Manage Elderly Care is Tested in Three Nordic Cities

Ageing population is a tricky challenge for human-orientated welfare systems. Traditionally Finland, as well as other Nordic countries, has been emphasizing the societal benefits that happen through supporting self-imposed learning and coping of people. The number of over-75s is expected to double in the next two decades in Finland – causing the Finnish population to become the oldest in Europe. Furthermore, current societal problems such as weak economic growth, issues in public finance and increasing need for services, all constitute more difficulties in adapting to new shifts in country’s demographics. Nordic […]

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