OSIRIS Open Social Innovation policies driven by co-creative Regional Innovation eco-systems, PG100029
Ostrobothnia needs innovations to create growth. By letting different perspectives meet companies as well as public organizations can find more innovative and value creating ideas and solutions. The purpose of the OSIRIS project is to strengthen open social innovation (OSI) in regional innovation eco-systems across Europe. The project addresses essential challenges of seven public bodies in Europe referring to: employment, innovation, education, social inclusion, climate and energy. These regions have shared good practices (GP) on how to bring together citizens, companies, universities and public actors in co-creative processes in the regional development work.
Policy Instruments (PI’s) need implementation of more effective Smart Specialization Strategies that enhance border-crossing interregional media solutions, visualize and disseminate improvements and changes, and increase involvement for regional growth and employment. OSIRIS aims at improving design, rapid delivery and implementation of OSI policies and action plans through co-creative regional eco-systems for innovation. Policy-makers’ innovation management skills and co-creativity will be accelerated by interregional collaboration in focused sectors and disciplines.
The arrangement of co-creative workshops for participatory policy design and knowledge exchange will ensure individual, organizational and stakeholder involvement and learning, which in turn will result in the identification and implementation of desirable changes in the PI’s of the participating regions.
One good practice shared in the first phase of the project was the Innovation Loop, developed by the Lead partner Region Västerbotten. The Innovation Loop stood out as a GP that could strengthen the innovation system in Ostrobothnia and was therefore adopted as a pilot for Ostrobothnia in the second phase of the project. Through the Smart Energy Workshop series, we have piloted, tested and customized the Innovation Loop to the Ostrobothnian context and needs. The pilot was realized in cooperation with Region Västerbotten and Experience Lab at Åbo Akademi University. The idea of the Innovation Loop process is to gather people with different backgrounds and skills to cross-disciplinary collaboration workshops. The ideas developed are owned by everyone. We hope that the pilot will result in the development of a new open innovation practice in Ostrobothnia.
Smart Energy Workshops
Our Smart Energy Workshops were held in April, May and October 2019 with the mission to take predefined problems and from that co-generate new ideas into innovative solutions in the context of smart and renewable energy solutions. The case challenges for the Smart Energy Workshops were defined in collaboration with three companies in the EnergyVaasa cluster: Wärtsilä, Comsel Systems and Vaasan Sähkö.
In the first workshop participants had to assess needs and identify ideas to handle these needs. In the second workshop they had to transform the ideas from the first workshop into marketable innovative products, services and processes benefiting the society in the energy sector. At the final workshop it was time to finalize and pitch the ideas for an audience.
The hard work of the participants led to the following innovations being pitched:
- eco-n for Comsel systems
- EkoTeko Community for Vaasan Sähkö
- Xmart Energy Modelling for Wärtsilä
The concluding activities of the project consists of evaluating and analyzing the innovation process and the Smart Energy workshops in cooperation with the stakeholders of the project. Also, the learnings and experience need to be implemented and grounded in the regional development work. Looking forward we aim to continue the work with strengthening the innovation process in Ostrobothnia together with our stakeholders.
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Project period: 1.4.2016–30.9.2020
Topic: Research and Innovation
- Region Västerbotten (SE)
- Regional Council of Ostrobothnia (FI)
- Autonomous Province of Trento (IT)
- Province of Drenthe (NL)
- Computer Technology Institute and Press Diophantus (GR)
- Municipality of Fundão (PT)
- Regional Development Agency of the Presov Selfgoverning Region (SK)
- Åbo Akademi University (FI)
OSIRIS, funded by Interreg Europe, addresses essential challenges of seven public bodies in Europe: North (SE, FI), South (IT, PT, GR), East (SK) and West (NL). The challenges are referring to: employment, innovation, education, social inclusion and climate/energy. They all run Good Practices (GP) on Open and Social Innovation (OSI). Policy Instruments (PIs) need implementation of more effective Smart Specialization Strategies enhancing border-crossing interregional media solutions, visualizing and disseminating improvements and changes, increasing involvement for regional growth and employment.
OSIRIS aims at improving design, rapid delivery and implementation of OSI policies and Action plans through co-creative regional eco-systems for innovation, inspired by the Lead Partner co-creative cyclic GP, the Innovation Loop. Policy-makers’ innovation management skills and co-creativity will be accelerated by interregional collaboration in focussed sectors and disciplines, adopting the penta-helix model (Government-Research-Business-Citizens-Society), empowering the Public Information Sector.
For more information: http://www.interregeurope.eu/osiris/