Developing partnerships between International Living Labs
Australian and European Living Labs commit to improving quality of life
by Ryan Malcolm 08 Oct 2018
A major partnership between the Australian Living Lab Innovation Network (ALLIN) and European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL) will look to work on “improving quality of life for all”.
The innovative Australian venture and its European equivalent signed a Memorandum of Understanding in August of 2018, with a promise to share knowledge and pursue innovation in order to improve quality of life across two continents and the wider planet.
Both Living Labs have proved vital in bringing together a wide range of experts, researchers, citizens, businesses and government representatives in order to create innovative approaches to complex social, cultural, economic and environmental challenges in their respective regions.
Phil Donaldson, chair of ALLIN says “This is a very exciting development in Australian innovation.”
“Our partnership will help pave the way for greater innovation knowledge exchange across the globe, and for solutions, ideas, products and services to be rapidly scaled up to improve the health and wellbeing of people, enhance prosperity and protect the planet.”
The MoU signifies a promise to build relationships between members of both Living labs, nurture international collaboration and mutual learning opportunities; and to develop the profile and impact of the growing international open innovation movement.
Swinburne’s Future Self and Design Living Lab has been a member of ENoLL since 2016, and was the first Australian Living Lab with a focus on ageing, health and design to be awarded membership to the major European body.
Led by A/Prof Sonja Pedell, Swinburne’s Living Lab was also part of the founding membership of ALLIN in 2016, developing a network that aims to build capacity and collaboration opportunities for living labs within Australia.