In 2012 the Flemish Minister of Innovation launched an initiative to enhance innovations in elderly care using a living lab methodology: the ‘Care Living Labs Flanders’ (CLLF). The main purpose of CLLF is to accelerate innovations tackling social and economic challenges in elderly care. The main difference between many other types of “living labs” (also in other countries) and the CLLF is this differentiation between “projects” and “platforms”. Today, six platforms host 23 projects.
This paper tries to contribute to the question on how living lab (LL) methodologies could integrate insights of social and open innovation perspectives as a ground to optimise the LL methodology. Based on a content analysis of the ambitions and scope of the Flemish government programme, this paper tried to disentangle a number of (scientific) debates to which the CLLF can be connected to better identify the role of a platform (LL) and the role of projects in the strategy to seek innovative approaches in elderly care.
In the start-phase of the implementation most attention was spent on implementing the projects, rather than giving form to the LL as an infrastructure. None of the initiators had clear and well developed ideas on the role and the form of what could be a LL. Many efforts have been paid by the support organisms in CLLF to introduce and explain the notion of a LL, especially with the ambition to create sustainable LL infrastructures.
The diversity of partners in a platform can trigger innovations, but also make meaningful collaboration difficult. Collaboration between LL partners is a crucial issue. As they are influenced by their profession, discipline, organisational membership, socio-cultural habits, their own vocabulary, etc. this collaboration should be better structured and governed. For this purpose lessons can also be learned from the (inter organisational) network literature.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationENoLL Research Day Conference Proceedings 2015
Place of PublicationTurkey
PublisherENoLL - European Network of Living Labs
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9789082102741
Publication statusPublished - May 2015
EventENoLL Living Lab Days 2015 - Istanbul, Belgium
Duration: 25 Aug 2015 → …


ConferenceENoLL Living Lab Days 2015
Period25/08/15 → …

    Research areas

  • social innovation, open innovation, Elderly Care

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