Session 8 Next steps in planning for a Living Lab

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Your next step is to watch the following video. This will set you up for studying the rest of this final session

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Now that you have learned about Living Labs and what we have done and learned at AgriLink, it is time for you to judge if you want to start up a Living Lab or help others to set up a Living Lab. In this session, we will look at four conditions that we think are important when taking such a decision.

The first condition is to appreciate the complexity of the challenge and accept that there will be a diversity of issues, interests, relationships, and communications to manage. The second condition is to ensure there is an enabling settling, with people having the appropriate skills, experiences, and attitudes for experimenting and working together.

Next, it is important that everyone has the energy to move, that they agree on the need and urgency and have the capacity to engage. Lastly, success relies on good methodological preparation, having agreed rules and process that encourage trust but allow for adaptation when needed.

This can all seem daunting, but as with any journey, start by making the first steps, which you are doing by studying this course.

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By this stage, the final session of the course, you may be eager to get going on setting up a Living Lab to create a new agricultural advisory service, unsure what to do next or given up on the idea altogether.

Even if you are in the latter group, I hope you will read on as I reflect on some of the different frameworks and methods we used in our Living Labs, frameworks and methods that you may want to use anyway, just not within the context of a Living Lab.

I also want to set out the main conclusions in answer to the central question we were trying to answer in AgriLink:

How and to what extent are Living Labs appropriate settings and means for development of improved innovation support services that contribute to learning and innovation for more sustainable agriculture?

Once I have done all that, I will finish by suggesting how you could use this course, or what you have learned from this course, to train or support others in learning how to set up and run Living Labs and/or use some of the tools we deployed.

Now go to the next section.

The monitoring and evaluation process