Amazing to participate in the co-creation of the Social Innovation Ecosystem in Luxembourg

20140110_163643Last 10th of January I participated in the 3rd co-creating event organized by  the Public Research Centre Henri Tudor to explore the question of Social Innovation in Luxembourg: what are the facts and what are the practical opportunities? I thank my friend and Social Innovation Expert, Luisa Ferreira, for putting me in touch with the Henri Tudor team and be able to be part of a process to co-design the best approach to develop Social Innovation in Luxembourg. I am discovering how the Luxembourg Government is involving its citizens in the answers to key questions about the future and the next strategic decisions of the country. I will  be sharing my experiences here n the next weeks.

The process is being led by an amazing and motivated team, that is using the most innovative participatory approaches to make sure that the results of the discussions and the deliverables are co-created.

The success in my view was a combination of a number of elements including:

  • being open in the invitations, and getting PEOPLE with different background bringing new perspectives and ideas to the table. It is really amazing how citizens and organizations from different sectors are motivated by the idea of participating in the process and the event was a complete success.

  • well thought design of the PROCESS : the whole approach is based on the process of social innovation National Endowment for Science, Technology & the Arts ( Nesta),  includes six steps that can intermingle , combine real-time view of societal challenges of Luxembourg. I have written about this process in a number of posts and I think it is really powerful.
  • using the right METHODOLOGIES  to make them part of the collective process,
  • REPORTING the results  to the participants  and “harvesting”  the ideas
  • including a NETWORKING fun event to allow the participants to interact. Last event included a  cheese and wine tasting and it allowed not only to discover local specialties but also to get to know better some of the key people active in social innovation in the country

  • A great and experience FACILITATION of the process, led by Bertrand Meunier. His motivation and bright way to lead the process and the event was key to its success. I also want to thank him for his invitation and feel privileged to be in touch with him.

The approach has 3 phases that I describe below

2013-2014
The first phase began with a process of collective co- creation through meetings and exchanges , called Thursday for social innovation .
– November 14, 2013 ,
– December 12, 2013 ,
– January 10, 2014
– February 6, 2014 .

2014 ( from February 2014)

A second phase will include:
– Formalize development plans and other portfolios of the most promising services ,
– Begin implementation of the proposals in the form of experimentation under significant needs (pilots)
– Ensure that proposed solutions can be sustainable, in particular by providing funding through the development of sustainable business models (with or without the support of the European authorities and / or national )

2015

In 2015 , it will begin a phase of mainstream socially innovative solutions and support services.  Phase 3 aims to:
– Successfully disseminate successful products in the field of social innovation
– Capitalize on initiatives that have failed

I will  keep you posted and share the next steps of this interesting journey