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29.1.2013 Marja-Liisa Niinikoski: Mini-publics and user-driven innovation in the public sector: Comparing underpinnings, procedures and outcomes
Venue: Aalto ARTs, Department of Design, class 885, Hämeentie 135C, 8th floor, Industrial design

This talk elaborated how different techniques of involving citizens and users in policy making can be applied at the municipal level. First, we distinguished normative goals and rationales of these techniques, as well as policy-makers’ motivations for their use in certain areas of policy-making. Furthermore, we analyzed the types of problems dealt with and the procedures (e.g. participants and working methods) applied in these innovation forums. Finally, we analyzed the impacts of these techniques, both in terms of policy-making and implementation and in terms of public discussion. We put forward two empirical case studies, carried out in cities of Mikkeli and Espoo in Finland 2011-2012, which help us to identify and compare value bases, expectations, practical aims and outcomes of these approaches.

Dr (Econ.) Marja-Liisa Niinikoski is managing director at Culminatum Innovation Oy Ltd., which seeks to improve the international competitiveness of the Helsinki region and to encourage the business utilisation of the region’s educational, scientific and research resources. The talk is based on a two year research project on user driven innovation in Finnish Cities.