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I met with Patrizia Hongisto who is senior researcher at the Center for Knowledge and Innovation Research at the Helsinki School of Economics - which is very active in the European Living Lab network. When I told her what we are doing, she immediately exclaimed that it is a living lab! The idea is that the innovation is embedded in the whole project and the whole project is alive (ordinary people taking part etc.). One develops ideas, but also offers services to industry to come and test their ideas in the lab (at a price). In this instance, eKhaya ICT and the Village Scribe organisation are making use of the lab to test their products in a way that empowers the people, because they directly share in the results!

That's a nice way to look at things. I hope it works out that way.

PS. I am very impressed with how COFISA and the Living Lab concept are working out at Dwesa, intermediating between industry and the University/community interests. It looks like our project and Dwesa will be connected before the year is over.

Posted: June 19th 2008 08:43
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