Journeys in living labs: co-creating innovation support services

J.I. Potters, Kevin Collins, H.B. Schoorlemmer, Egil Petter Stræte, Emils Kilis, Andy Lane

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Where most literature on innovation support services for sustainable agriculture use a market metaphor, this paper perceives the development of innivation support services as a journey. We draw on experiences in six Living Labs in Italy, Latvia, the Netherlands, Norway , Romenia and Spain these are part of the Horizon 2020 project Agrilink. From this rich empirical basis we contribute to understanding the value and functioning of multi actor approaches for developing appropriate innovation support for sustainable farming systems. We describe the value of multi actor approaches which seem to rest in a rich space for exploring and social learning and practicing new roles of advisors and farmers. Furthermore, the process of co-creating innovation support services with multiple stakeholders provides valuable insights beyond what can be obtained in other types of research. Finally we share our emerging insight on conducive conditions for multi actor approaches in developing ISS. The conditions relate to the institutional setting, the energy to move, the enabling environment, the methodological preparation and the complexity of the challenge. With new relationships, increasing trust and new understandings arising lLiving Labs can be a vehicle for the transformation of the advisory landscape.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIFSA 2020 Conference – Évora, Portugal Farming Systems Facing Climate Change and Resource Challenges
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2020


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