Ageing Communities as Co-Designers for Social Innovation

Shaohua Pan, Melanie Sarantou

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This paper addresses ageing communities’ roles in social innovation. Two case studies are presented in the paper, with the aim to explore how ageing communities collaboratively work with stakeholders, including designers and other professionals, to develop new ser-vices and social innovation with the elderly. This paper uses a comparative study method for two projects with ageing communities in Europe and China. The first project, Life 2.0, focuses on generating ICT (information and communication technology) services for ageing individuals and groups across Europe. Another case study is the BoAi aged care facility in China that focused on the re-creation of their current food service systems. Insights and conclusions are presented to gain new understandings about the role of ageing people in their own service design needs and their roles as co-creators in new futures.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2018
MoEC publication typeNot Eligible
EventInterdisciplinary Social Innovation Research Conference: Bridging Social and Business Innovation. - Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg, Center for Social Investment and Innovation, Heidelberg, Germany
Duration: 10 Sep 201813 Sep 2018


ConferenceInterdisciplinary Social Innovation Research Conference
Abbreviated titleISRIC 2018 Conference
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  • Ageing, Ageing Communities, Service Design, Social Innovation

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  • Visual arts and design


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