Megatrends of globalization, digitalisation and climate change are challenging policymakers to design interventions that can address the systemic challenges facing society. Digital technologies and digital twins are proliferating at a pace that is causing a data and knowledge explosion.
This paper speculates on how local communities might interpret recommendations from public studies and harness technology to engage multiple stakeholders in the design of products (goods and services) that are customised for local socio-ecological contexts. Towards this speculation, this paper explores and conceptualizes the “verksted” (Norwegian for workshop) as an action-orientated place-based facility for multi-stakeholder engagement, e.g., collaboration between practitioners, developers, policymakers, researchers, investors, educators, and concerned citizens. The paper contributes with a speculative design of a capability map for a verksted that might guide policymakers and innovation clusters towards creating networked environments for continuous education, co-design and experimentation.
The paper builds on literature in systems thinking, collaboration and knowledge management, and enterprise architecture. The paper builds on observations and interviews from three main sources:
(i) Norwegian authorities’ policies for research-based innovation, cluster-based entrepreneurship, and digitalisation
(ii) Activities at HelseInn towards establishing a design-driven network in the Innlandet county of Norway – Helseinn is an innovation cluster of 50+ organisations and part of Hub-Node, an experimental policy project
(iii) Research at the Center for Connected Care – a research-driven innovation centre comprising 17 organisations researching the design, procurement, and scaling of innovation in the health sector
Keywords: innovation ecosystems, digital design spaces, collaboration