Beyond a Living Lab: Scaling Social Innovation

Signe Louise Yndigegn, Lone Malmborg, Maria Foverskov, Eva Brandt

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This paper reflects on experiences with practicing and scaling a social innovation concept that was co-produced between public and private partners and citizens in a living design laboratory in Denmark from 2009-2012. The concept is a public service supporting ad-hoc exercise communities for senior citizens in public parks, based on playful activities. This paper builds upon follow-up studies which have been made since the project ended. We discuss how practicing the service unfolded over time, and how two municipalities have attempted scaling the concept. We deepen the understanding of theoretical concepts of scaling with experiences from practice by e.g., discussing ownership, exchanges between formal institutions and informal civic engagement, and a need for clarifying new roles and responsibilities.
TitelProceedings of the 9th Nordic Design Research Conference : Matters of Scale
RedaktørerEva Brandt, Thomas Markussen, Eeva Berglund, Guy Julier, Per Linde
Antal sider10
Publikationsdato17 aug. 2021
Sider328 - 337
ISBN (Elektronisk)1604-9705
StatusUdgivet - 17 aug. 2021
BegivenhedNordes 2021: Matters of Scale - Design School Kolding / Southern University of Denmark, Kolding, Danmark
Varighed: 15 aug. 202118 aug. 2021


KonferenceNordes 2021
LokationDesign School Kolding / Southern University of Denmark


  • Social Innovation
  • Living Laboratory
  • Scaling social innovation
  • Ad-hoc exercise community
  • public and private partners
  • civic engagement
  • ownership

Kunstnerisk udviklingsvirksomhed (KUV)

  • Ja