WE BELIEVE IN OPENNESS
Openlab is a challenge-driven innovation community providing courses for professionals, master’s students and PhD students, as well as innovation support and co-creation spaces for our public partners. Together with our founding partners we are experts on innovation for the public sector through design methods and collaborative processes.
“We solve society’s challenges in a new radical way. The way we do it and how we define them are all important cornerstones for us. The proposals we generate are open, radical, smart, useable, concrete and innovative.”
Ivar Björkman, Executive Director at Openlab
Design methods for innovation
Only by working with user centered methods can we create truly sustainable solutions. We work with a wide range of methods, design thinking being the fundamental one. Design thinking is a method and a mindset that makes you reframe your challenges and understand your end user, placing them at the center of innovation. By bringing people from different fields and with different expertise together, we create the right conditions to come up with radical and innovative solutions to our region’s challenges. For Openlab, using design methods is key to create relevant solutions addressing societal issues for the growing city.
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Learn how to become a creative problem solver and boost your innovation skills. Regardless of your profession or field, design thinking can improve the way you approach your daily challenges. Openlab offers training for you who want to understand how to meet the needs of your target group, to become more innovative and expand your creative toolbox. – Everyone is a Student!
We work with real life challenges in order to create sustainable innovations for the benefit of society. The societal challenges we take on come from the Stockholm area, but they are often shared with many other areas in the world. By allowing the needs and experiences of real people guiding the processes, the solutions created through Openlab can make real difference in peoples lives. The main areas of the challenges are sustainable urban development, future healthcare, education and the ageing population.
Sustainable urban development
Stockholm, as all growing urban regions in the world, need to ensure a sustainable development within the planetary boundaries, and where the wellbeing of its inhabitants is fulfilled. Sustainable urban development involves not only the physical planning of urban regions but the design and delivery of community services. The goal is to build sustainable, resilient, inclusive societies.
In an era of technological and scientific progress the healthcare of the future is facing new opportunities, and also new challenges. The healthcare of tomorrow will harvest the advancement of digital solutions while increasing the patient's involvement in their care. The aim is personalised, efficient and safe care and prevention, strengthening public health within and beyond the health care system.
The advancement of medical technology in recent years has led to more of us leading longer lives. In demography there is the term Health life years, showing the need for us not only to survive to old age, but to live healthy and happy for as many of those years as possible. The challenge for a society with an ageing population is also to fulfil the need for sufficient care for senior citizens and efficient ways for society to cover related costs.
Education is key, knowledge is power, the children are the future. You have heard the old sayings, and they make a good point. At Openlab we have created our own saying - everyone is a student. Education and learning is what is provided by pre-schools, schools, universities and training centers, but is is also going on in front of a screen, in nature, in play and in human interactions. If education was a tree it would be rooted deep in scientific knowledge, with its leafs reaching towards new creative and smart solutions for teaching and learning, with the never ending possibility to climb the branch of your choice to to reach new fruits of insight an knowledge.
Our founding partners came together for one common goal – to find new and innovative approaches to solving society’s challenges. Openlab was created with the vision of making the Stockholm region a global center for innovation. Our partners – The City of Stockholm, Region Stockholm, KTH, Stockholm University, Södertörn University and Karolinska Institutet – are all represented in our steering committee and provide funding as well as topics and challenges for our students and community to address.