Session 1 Living Labs

People inspecting crop field trials

In this first session of the course we explain what Living Labs are. First, watch the following video on Living Labs and then do the reflective activity below.

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Reflective Activity 2 – What are Living Labs?

Having watched the video, describe in your own words what you think a Living Lab would bring to agriculture using the text box below.

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A Living Lab is a simple concept that deals with complex situations. It is a way of getting user involvement in the innovation process. In agriculture, farmers are the end user of innovations aimed at supporting agricultural production. And yet farmers are rarely the ones to devise such innovations. A wide range of people and organisations may be involved in researching and developing agricultural innovations. And often they do so without talking to or consulting farmers.

This ‘gap’ is often bridged by agricultural advisors, who can ‘translate’ research findings and associated innovations for farmers and can sometimes ‘translate’ the needs and wants of farmers to the scientists and innovators. Living Labs are a way of changing this linear approach to providing innovative agricultural services into a network approach by bringing together as many of the people involved to collectively define and devise new solutions to existing and emerging problems over a long period.

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Living Labs and knowledge