Work Package 6: Designing Living labs to test good practices at regional level
The main aim of WP 6 is to design and implement "living labs" to test good practices at the regional level. A living lab is a kind of public-private (and people) partnership that aims towards a shared open innovation among stakeholders who work in the same geographical area. The living labs approach is an innovative concept, where citizens and end users take an active part in so-called user-driven processes of innovation that could range from new products/processes or services to concerted regional strategies or policies/legislative proposals. Living labs allow for an interactive communication amongst actors in order to find concerted solutions to common needs. In this way, living labs connect the research and innovation worlds, centres for local development, exponents of the manufacturing sector like Chambers of Commerce, clusters, trade associations, business incubators and experts as well as municipalities and other (local) government representatives.
Specifically, WP 6 applies and tests tools for participative governance of the bioeconomy in two regional case studies in Italy and Bulgaria. In the context of the living labs, alternative programmes of measures and their socio-economic and environmental impacts will be discussed with relevant stakeholders. Based on the outcomes of the public debates, the regions will be assisted in formulating appropriate and effective programmes of measures to foster their regional bioeconomies.