Prof. Katri-Liis Reimann presented the concept of social innovation, barriers and opportunities of living labs in SOGOLAS Research Seminar. The presentation was based on two projects- ProVaHealth and CoSIE.
The ProVaHealth project focuses on development of health products by SMEs through living labs. The CoSIE project – co-creation of service innovation in Europe- focuses on development of processes. The living lab approach has been used as the framework in that project to pilot a social hackathon. The social hackathon is analyzed as the enabler of social innovation through co-creation of public services and mobilizing community resources including less-empowered groups in a remote area in Voru county, Estonia. The living lab facilitates co-creation processes with end users and supports discussions with and the relationship between public, private, third sector stakeholders and community members which would have otherwise not occurred.
Katri-Liis Reimann is Associate Professor of Management at Tallinn University, Estonia and Visiting Fellow at Northumbria University, UK. She is a lecturer, mentor and council member in the Master’s programme of Social Entrepreneurship at TLU. She is a board member of The Skill Mill Limited – an award-winning Social Enterprise dedicated to the employment of young ex-offenders. She is a team member in the Horizon 2020 project “Co-creation of service innovation in Europe” and a manager of living lab related project “Product Validation in Health”. Currently, she is the Chair of the COST network project “Multi-disciplinary innovation for social change”. She is a national rapporteur for the European Commission’s report on Mapping of Social Enterprises and their eco-system in Estonia. She is also an evaluation expert for Horizon 2020 and Erasmus calls in the fields of SMEs, higher education and innovation.
ProVaHealth project: https://www.tlu.ee/node/98460
CoSIE project: https://cosie.turkuamk.fi/cosie/