Nordic Edge Expo

Learning to co-create

Collaboration has become a natural part of both business development as well as city development. But we believe that the new normality will take this mindset even further towards co-creation – where citizens, the public, private and academic sector co-create new solutions together as equal partners. This shift in perspective demands a new skill set for everyone involved, including you and me. Because in the end – it comes down to us as citizens to be more active in our community. So, why and how do we make this happen?

In this session, we will learn more about co-creation from Professors Eva Sørensen and Jacob Torfing, and get an insight about the municipal perspective from Stavanger’s City Manager Per Kristian Vareide and Trondheim’s City Manager Morten Wolden.

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Eva Sørensen is a Professor in public administration and democracy at the Department of Society and Globalization Roskilde University and Professor II at University NORD.

Scientific focus areas is Political leadership in the age of governance, Policy innovation, Citizen involvement and co-creation in local neighborhood governance, Metagovernance and network governance, Institutional developments in representative democracy, changing role perceptions among citizens, professionals, politicians and public administrators.

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Jacob Torfing is a Professor in politics and institutions and Research Director of the Roskilde School of Governance, which is a political science and public administration research center at the Department of Social Sciences and Business.

His research interests include public sector reforms, network governance, collaborative innovation, interactive political leadership and innovation management.

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Head of Steering for Norwegian Network of Excellence on SDG City Transitions (Bærkrekraftsnettverket) and City Chief Executive of Trondheim.

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Mr Vareide is responsible for handling the day-to-day oversight of Stavanger’s operations. He provides administrative direction for all city departments in following the goals and politics established by the City Council.  

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