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Fostering Quality of Life through Social Innovation: A Living Lab Methodology Study Case

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  • Mónica E. Edwards-Schachter,

    1. Institute of Innovation and Knowledge Management (INGENIO, CSIC-UPV), Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Valencia, Spain
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  • Cristian E. Matti,

    1. Institute of Innovation and Knowledge Management (INGENIO, CSIC-UPV), Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Valencia, Spain
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  • Enrique Alcántara

    1. Instituto de Biomecánica de Valencia, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Valencia, Spain
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Abstract

Participative processes and citizens’ empowerment are considered crucial aspects of social innovation (SI), involving collaborative activities between the private, public, and third sectors. This article discusses the principal trends in the literature on the concept of SI, its aims and differential characteristics related to the identification of people's needs, citizen participation processes, and improved quality of life. We present an exploratory case study of SI focusing on the gap between elderly people's needs and the generation of business opportunities, using a living lab (LL) methodology for collaborative placed-based innovation. Our results suggest that LLs are a useful instrument to detect community needs and improve local development and support and integrate technological and social innovations in policies and local governance processes.

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