The issue of living smart became nowadays really topical. There are more and more countries, which realise that to live in a harmony with nature is a key to the sustainable future for our coming generations. There is no time to mediate upon the bad influence of global industries, continual production and consumption, which can create a phenomenon of an “invironmental refugee” already during the twenty-first century. Many landscapes, natural and water resources are affected in a non-remediable way and that is why every new idea or solution for a better future of our home planet counts.
Swedish Institute alumni from 7 different countries gathered at United Spaces in Stockholm to participate in Smart Living Challenge pilot workshop
Recently, on the 18th of October, Swedish Institute has gathered 13 alumni from 7 different countries on 3 continents for a pilot workshop at United Spaces in Stockholm, devoted to sustainability and challenge for a smart living all over the world. Together with organizers from Mälardalen University in Sweden, Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems VINNOVA, Munktell Science Park, Swedish Environmental Protection Agency and other organisations, participants got a deeper insight into current Swedish projects and activities, which are focused upon development of sustainable way of living.
Presentation from Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems VINNOVA
All the participants were invited to follow a thorough guidance of Anders Wikström – a process leader and an expert in design, innovation, process learning and creative thinking. During the whole day, full of productivity and creative ideas, all the participants, who were devided into four small groups, were working upon an interesting and challenging task.
Idea development by Anders Wikström
With help of different methods, such as think tank, pros and cons discussions within small mixed groups, mind-maps and drawing of ideas in a form of comics, the participants from four groups were supposed to create a sustainable idea, which can really work on practice. The outcome from each group was recorded and presented in a form of one-minute group presentation.
Creating sustainable ideas in small groups
This pilot workshop became the first and important step towards Smart Living Challenge 2014 global innovation contest, which is open for all participants, who has ideas about how to make our life and world more sustainable and simply better for living.