Improving the creation and flow of knowledge and ideas between universities, businesses, citizens and local authorities to create innovation for sustainability
Knowledge and innovation are concentrated in and around cities, and can be drivers of both economic resilience and sustainability. There is much evidence that successful cities are those that have learnt how to benefit from this urban proximity and connectivity to help networks to form, to increase the flow of innovative ideas for economic development, and to engage citizens in co-creating solutions and services that meet urban challenges. But how can cities develop a culture of innovation and become living labs, encouraging all stakeholders to feed in ideas and co-create an attractive, sustainable city?
The Open Innovation for Sustainability lab at the URBACT Summer University will explore tools and methods to create and share knowledge between institutions, markets, firms, networks and citizens and put the sustainability agenda at the heart of these networks. Key question are: