Why are we overlooking civil society in the innovation process?

The global challenges we are facing are complex and call for new constellations to find solutions.

Traditionally the innovation process has been dominated by the industry, the public sector and research. However, the civil society also possesses great creative competences and we need to include this overlooked actor in order to let innovative solutions flourish.

Avoiding blind spots

By bringing different voices together in new types of collaborations we avoid blind spots because every actor has specific competences and focus points.

The RiConfigure project aims at making collaborations across sectors thrive and overcome potential collaborative challenges.

Diversity creates resilience

It is a strength to include more diverse voices in the dynamic process, as diversity creates resilience and representativeness.

Together we are stronger and can find more holistic solutions. Solutions that could not otherwise have been developed had the civil society not been actively part of creating it.

Quadruple Helix and the 4 Social Labs of RiConfigure

  • Social Lab I: Enters the quadruple helix from a research perspective; focuses on Internet-of-Things applied to manufacturing and production; takes place in the OstWestfalenLippe region of Germany

  • Social Lab II: Enters the quadruple helix from an industry perspective; focuses on collaboration innovation renewable energy; takes place in the Utrecht region in the Netherlands

  • Social Lab III: Enters the quadruple helix from the public sector perspective; focuses on open and customer-focused innovation in public transportation; takes place in Vienna, Austria

  • Social Lab IV: Enters the quadruple helix from the civil society perspective; focuses on water supplies and water usage in cities; takes place BOTH in the region of Zealand in Denmark AND in Bogota, Columbia

Event Calendar

The RiConfigure will start a tradition of annual meetings of innovators and policy-makers about quadruple helix collaborations as a vehicle for addressing societal challenges. These meetings will facilitate the exchange of experiences, good practices, and findings about the effects of governance frameworks on quadruple helix collaborations. There will be three such meetings during the timeframe of the RiConfigure project.

Exact dates of the RiConfigure events are yet to be determined, but they will be held in the following months:

  • May 2019: First annual RiConfigure practitioners’ and policy-makers’ meeting
  • March 2020: Second annual RiConfigure practitioners’ and policy-makers’ meeting
  • February 2021: Final conference and third annual RiConfigure practitioners’ and policy-makers’ meeting

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