After the Living Lab: Codesigning and Sustaining Infrastructures for Care and Belonging

Brandt, E. (Foredragsholder), Signe Louise Yndigegn (Foredragsholder), Lone Malmborg (Foredragsholder)

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In this presentation we suggest a new strategic codesign approach to designing a good life for the seniors. Focus is on designing for social equity through social interaction, i.e. design to maintain and strengthen social relationships, to maintain or restore the feeling of being seen, heard and involved. Instead of considering citizen service and elderly care as something that takes place between an individual and a service provider, we suggest the concept of a collective service model for locally based communities that supports networks among citizens and service providers. The seniors are empowered by a service infrastructure supported by digital technologies and have been developed through living laboratories. Through several codesign projects during the past nine years with public, business and civic engagement, hundreds of senior citizens have rehearsed possible futures and new practices e.g. on how to establish and engage in local communities of everyday practices, and how to be part of deciding what physical and social activities to engage in together. Strategies for mobilizing and sustaining participation have been part of the codesign activities. In our codesign research projects on service infrastructuring and community building for senior citizens the living labs finished when the researchers left the project; typically, when the research funding ran out. The public, business and civic partners then had to decide if the activities should continue. In this paper, we focus on what happens after the projects end. We will share our experience and reflections on how to codesign sustainable infrastructures for care and belonging based on two projects involving three major cities. One project ended six years ago and another project one year ago. Our reflections will also include the challenges of working with the public sector and how service innovations travel (or get lost) among cities and digital infrastructures.
Periode8 jun. 2018
BegivenhedstitelSocial Equity by design: Designing connections through community
PlaceringOklahoma City, USA
Grad af anerkendelseInternational


  • codesigning infrastructures
  • codesign
  • living lab
  • communities of everyday practice
  • service infrastructure
  • social interaction
  • belonging