What is Co-creation?
When diverse actors (companies, universities, policy makers, users) collaboratively innovate to mutual benefits, it is called co-creation. Co-creation takes many forms which is why we take different disciplinary angles to better understand co-creation. Science and Technology Studies (STS) is our primary lens with a focus on:
- Responsible Innovation
- Social Robustness
- Diversity in Innovation
- Limits of Standardization
This is put in conversation with Innovation Management, Innovation Policy, Economics, Philosophy & Ethics, and more.
We study three co-creation Instruments …
… across three technological domains
Why Scaling up?
Businesses rely on scaling up to wider markets as well as EU research counts on scalable concepts, for example in the smart city context. This mainstreaming of co-creation processes and outcomes across context commonly fails. For example, when engineers develop a healthcare robot together with patients and doctors in a hospital in Barcelona, the robot might be optimally suited for one hospital environment. However, it will unlikely fit to the social, cultural, or organizational context of another hospital, city, or country.
SCALINGS aims to better understand how co-creation relates to a unique context and to learn under what conditions co-creation practices can be scaled up from one city district or country to another.
Our research unfolds in 3 stages
1 Collect Experiences
We conduct various in-depth case studies with leading co-creation practitioners. Each consortial partner will focus on cases located in their countries.
We systematically compare how different actors use the supposedly same co-creation instrument in their context and identify similarities and differences, best practices or failures.
2 Test & Engage
Now we test our insights in the field and conduct “experimental interventions”. This means, to actively engage with case study partners and intervene into their innovation processes to enhance co-creation practices and outcomes.
We disseminate our findings among a diverse community of co-creation practitioners, businesses, citizens and academia.
A EU policy roadmap will present key takeaways from our research to guide future co-creation and scaling up processes in Europe and beyond.
SCALINGS will be the anchor point for future up-scaling activities across contexts. Industry practitioners, policy makers, researchers and citizens of the EU and beyond will benefit from our results: Frameworks for ‘situated co-creation’ and ‘socially robust scaling’, an educational training programme and an EU policy roadmap.
We foster co-creation practices that are aligned with the needs, norms and values of local populations. To achieve this, we work in close cooperation with our case study partners and implement our findings in collaborative and reflexive settings.
We hereby place great emphasis on questions of social justice, diversity, and inclusion. Not only does this contribute to better-targeted innovation practices and policy support, but also meaningful roles for citizens in the innovation process.
We draft an EU Policy Roadmap to mainstream co-creation in a responsible and socially robust way. The roadmap is based on a comparative analysis of both existing co-creation policies across the EU and the specific opportunities and challenges for socially inclusive and diverse co-creation practices at the SCALINGS field sites.
In this way, we synthesize our findings into a programmatic agenda that will help policy-makers harness international “best practices” in a manner that is suited to their own socio-cultural particularities.
We will shape industry and business practices by providing guidance for scaling up activities across contexts.
As we cooperate closely with case study partners, we implement our frameworks for ‘situated co-creation’ and ‘socially robust scaling’ together with practitioners and thus co-create enhanced practices that feed directly back into their work and strategy.
Moreover, we will disseminate our findings to other European consortia-in-the-making through a training program (‘boot camp’) to enhance their sensitivity for socio-cultural differences in co-creation while learning from international best practices.