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Global innovation for sustainable urban development in Sweden

Pressmeddelande   •   Aug 23, 2013 12:11 CEST

Ten challenges focusing on sustainable urban development. 100 participants engaged in solving these challenges and collaboratively creating prototypes. Four days intensive innovation. The Aalto Camp for Societal Innovation, ACSI, kicks off in Malmö, Sweden next week.

Volvo Trucks, E.ON, The City of Amsterdam and the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth joins Sweden’s very first ACSI Camp. Together with other companies, cities, universities and public employees they will tackle challenges presented at ASCI13. Among the challenges they face are such issues as cutting carbon emissions in half, creating test beds for sustainable energy solutions and developing a new sustainable local democracy to promote community development.

Twelve challenge holders have presented ten societal challenges within this years topic “Sustainable Urban Development”. A group of experts from ACSI will suggest solutions and steps forward during a process initiated during these four days in Malmö.

– We know that these challenges are difficult and complex and we need innovative approaches to solve them. We hope that experts and innovators at the ACSI Camp will contribute with ideas that we can work with and put into practice, in Sweden and in Europe, says Martin Bramsved, CSR Manager at Volvo Trucks.

Aalto University and The New Club of Paris have developed a methodology for a so called “Camp for Societal Innovation”, otherwise known as an ASCI Camp - a varied, global platform for innovation. This year’s ACSI takes place in Malmö during August 26th – 29th and is co-hosted by Aalto University, The New Club of Paris, Forum for Social Innovation at Malmö University in collaboration with Region Skåne and with support from Ungas Innovationskraft.

180 participants applied to ACSI13. 100 were selected to participate this year. They represent a cross-section of the population and come from 26 countries. Students, experts, social entrepreneurs and public employees are mixed into small working groups. Together with a facilitator each group will develop concrete suggestions for solutions and steps forward within the different challenge areas – also known as social innovation.

– Forum for Social Innovation is engaged in ACSI because we are interested in testing and developing new methods for innovation which contributes to solving important societal challenges, says Eva Engquist, chair of Forum for Social Innovation at Malmö University about hosting ACSI 2013.

This years participants in ACSI come from the following countries: Belgium, Canada, Czechoslovakia, Germany, Denmark, Finland, France, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Croatia, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Macedonia, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Serbia, Russia, Sweden, Taiwan, South Africa, USA, Turkey, China and Greece.

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Forum for Social Innovation Sweden is a platform for academia, industry, government and non-profit organisations in Sweden that want to develop research, competence and expertise in the growing field of social innovation and social entrepreneurship.

The aim is to develop joint projects and partnerships and to create an understanding of what social innovation and social entrepreneurship can be and how it can contribute to Swedish and global development.

Our main topics include impact measurement, social finance and new businessmodels, design for social innovation, management and organization, research network and corporate social innovation (CSI).