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EuropeanNetworkofLivingLabs
ENoLLiVZWPleinlaan91050BrusselsBelgium
 European Network of Living Labs iVZW – Pleinlaan 9 – 1050 BrusselsT: +32 2 629 16 13 - F: +32 2 629 17 00 - E: info@enoll.org - Legal Registr. N°: BE 0824 793 47
EuropeanNetworkofLivingLabs(ENoLL)contributionontheCoRconsultationontheCommissionProposalonEstablishingHorizon2020–theFrameworkofResearchandInnovation(2014-2020)
CommitteeoftheRegions(CoR)isdraftinganopinionontheCommissionProposalforaRegulationoftheEuropeanParliamentandoftheCouncilon"EstablishingHorizon2020-TheFrameworkProgrammeforResearchandInnovation(2014-2020)",COM(2011)809final.
InnovationhasbeenplacedattheheartoftheEurope2020strategyasourbestmeansofsuccessfullytacklingmajorsocietalchallenges,suchasclimatechange,energyandresourcescarcity,healthandageing,whicharebecomingmoreurgentbytheday.Inthiscontext,theCoRopiniononHorizonwillhavetwomainfocusareas:
 
 Addressingfundamentalpolicyquestionsrelatedtoexcellence,capacity-building,smartspecialisation,regionalresearchandinnovationecosystems,
 
Proposingconcreterecommendationsonissuesaffectinglocalandregionalactors.Theseissuesinclude,butarenotlimitedto:publicprocurement;researchermobility;accesstocomplementaryfinance;researchinfrastructure;andstrategiesforR&Dandregionaldevelopment.
TheEuropeanNetworkofLivingLabs(ENoLL)welcomesthisconsultationandthespecificinclusionoftheroleoftheLivingLabsinstrengtheningtheregionaldimensioninHorizon2020asfollows:
Inrecentyears,therapidlyexpandedLivingLabsinitiativehasalsoledtoincreasedapplicationofresearchtoresolvingpractical,real-worldchallenges.Initsopinions,theCoRhasstressedtheimportanceofstrengtheningsuchactivity 
”.WeespeciallywouldliketoemphasiseimportanceofthefollowingaspectsmentionedintheCommitteeoftheRegionsWorkingdocument:
 
Regionalinnovationplatformstobedevelopedthatwouldactasdemand-basedservicecentresand promotetheuseofinternationalknowledgetoimplementtheEurope2020strategy,smartspecialisationandEuropeancooperationtomeettheinterestsofagivenregion.
 
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EuropeanNetworkofLivingLabsiVZW–Pleinlaan9–1050BrusselsT:+3226291613-F:+3226291700-E:info@enoll.org-LegalRegistr.N°:BE082479347
 
 
 Jointownership:aregion'sactivityisreflectedinsocialinnovationsthatachievesystemicchangestosocialstructuresandpractices,andwhicharejointlyproducedandacceptedbycivilsociety, governmentandbusinesses.
 
Regionstomovetowardsopeninnovation,withinahuman-centredvisionofpartnershipsbetween publicandprivatesectoractors,withuniversitiesandotherknowledgeinstitutionsplayingacrucialrole,i.e.tomodernisetheTripleHelixconcept.
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Introduction
We,theEuropeanNetworkofLivingLabs(ENoLL),areproposingthattheEuropeanUnionconsiderastrategicopportunitytostrengthenEurope’suniquewaytoconductresearch,developmentandinnovation(RDI).LivingLabsproposeall-inclusive,people-driven,openandcollaborativewaysthroughlocalopeninnovationecosystemsapplyingtheEuropeanPartnershipModel.Firms,academia,citiesandpublicagenciescollaborateandbenefitfromengagingpeopleincreativeinnovationthroughLivingLabs.Real-lifeICTconcepts,designsandprocessesengagedemandsideplayers–includingpublicservicesandpeopleasusersandcitizens–inopen,human-centricandsystemicRDI.Large-scaleexperimentationoftheLivingLabRDIapproachisenvisagedtobringaboutinnovationsthatleadstolocalandglobalentrepreneurship,newtypesoffirms–evennewsocialandeconomicenterprises–andtherenewalofpublicandprivateservicesaswellaslocalandglobalmarketsandindustries.Aboveall,webelieveitwillincreasetheEU’sROIonRDIfundingbyachievingeffectiveandsustainableexploitationofresearchresults,directlybridgingR&Dwiththemarket.WethusproposetostrengthentheEurope-wideopenRDIecosystemoftheLivingLabscommunity,institutionally,financiallyandintermsofitsRDIinfrastructure,includingnewavenuesofresearchandexperimentationinsocialandothersciences,thushavingthepotentialtodramaticallychangetheEuropeaninnovationlandscapeinHorizon2020.TheprocessofgatheringfeedbackfromtheLivingLabscommunityinvolvedconsultationswithstakeholdersinvariouscontextsbothinEuropeandthroughouttheworld,startingwiththepublicannouncementofourintentiontoformtheOpenLivingLabsPPPPdrivenbyENoLLattheFutureInternetWeekinGhent(BE)inDecember2010.Theinitialscopingpaperoftheproposalsynthesizesthemanycontributionsreceivedtodate,particularlyonthepartofENoLLmemberswhohavecontributedsignificanttimeandenergyonavoluntarybasis.Theaimistoprovideasummaryofwherewestandnowinthisprocess,inordertogatherconsensusandfeedbackamongkeyinstitutionalplayersandmoveforwardtowardsafinaldraft.ThisdocumentaddressedtotheCommitteeoftheRegions(CoR)isasummaryofthisscopingpaper.
 
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WORKING DOCUMENT of the Commission for Education, Youth, Culture and Research On HORIZON 2020 (THE FRAMEWORKPROGRAMME FOR RESEARCH AND INNOVATION) EDUC-V-021
 
 
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EuropeanNetworkofLivingLabsiVZW–Pleinlaan9–1050BrusselsT:+3226291613-F:+3226291700-E:info@enoll.org-LegalRegistr.N°:BE082479347
 
Tacklingthemajorchallengesofourtime
EuropeshouldhaveastrongopenRDI-infrastructureinplacethatcantackleinagloballycompetitivewaythemajorcontemporarysocietalchallengessuchasenergyefficiency,wellbeing,climatechange,participatorydemocracy,andqualityoflifeandturnthemintoentrepreneurialopportunitiesthatrenewmarkets,industries,publicandprivateservicesandtheoverallsocietaldynamismintheframeofreferenceoftheopensocietydevelopment.TheproposedactivitiesinthisdocumentalsobenefitfromtheparticipationofEuropeancities,regionsandpeopleascitizens,users,orcustomersormembersofdevelopercommunitiesandsocialnetworks.Webelievethatitiscrucialtohaveamajorimpactonregional,societal,institutionalandstructuraldynamismthatalsopromotesthecreationofnewformsofsocialmarketmechanisms,newformsofsocialfirms,andsocialentrepreneurshipaswellassocio-economicactivities,newwaystopromoteparticipativedemocracyinpracticeandintheveryframeofreferenceofopen,transparentandtrustfulsocietydevelopment.
Citizen-drivenopeninnovationecosystems(LivingLabs)
LivingLabsarecitizen-drivenopeninnovationecosystemsinreal-lifesettingsinwhichinnovationisfullyintegratedintheco-creativeco-designprocessesfornewtechnologies,products,services,andsocietalinfrastructures.FirstdevelopedbyWilliamJ.MitchellatMITin2003“tostudypeopleandtheirinteractionwithnewtechnologiesinalivingenvironment”,theLivingLabmodelwasintroducedtoEuropebyNokiaandadaptedtotheneedsofICTresearchanddevelopment.Fromthere,themethodspread,gainingaspecificallyEuropeandimensionasauser-centricdevelopmentoftheOpenInnovationparadigm,basedontheco-designofinnovativeICTapplicationsinlocal,oftenrural,communities.Overthepastyears,anincreasingnumberofLivingLabshavestartedoperationsthroughoutEurope,andtheyareformingavibrantandstillgrowingcommunity.ItisclearthatmorenetworkingandsupportattheEuropeanscaleisneededinordertofullyleveragethepotentialoftheselocallyembeddedinitiatives.AfirstturningpointcamewiththeHelsinkiManifestolaunchedbytheFinnishEUPresidencyinDecember2006as“animportantsteptowardsanewEuropeaninnovationinfrastructure”,whichestablishedtheEuropeanNetworkofLivingLabs(ENoLL).Fromitsinitialstructureof19LivingLabs,ENoLLhasgrownthrough5yearly“waves”ofmembershipto274LivingLabsofwhich36areoutsideofEurope,coveringsixContinents.NationalLivingLabnetworkshavebeenestablishedinseveralMemberStatesandregionalnetworksinChina,LatinAmerica,andAfrica.EachLivingLabbringsdifferentgroupsandsectorialassociationsintoitspartnership,involvingoftenhundredsofSMEsinitsactivitiesandleadingtotheestimated25,000organisationsaffectedbyENoLLactivitiesoverall.

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