What barriers do we face in the Nordic context working with democratic innovation, and what will enable us to institutionalize innovative participatory systems?
Oli Whittington is a Senior Researcher at the Centre for Collective Intelligence Design, NESTA(UK). The COLDIGIT research team has teamed up with the Norwegian Smart City Network on the matter of democratic innovation, and we are inviting different voices from Nordic public and private institutions to join us in this session and to discuss this matter further.
Oli Whittington is a Senior Researcher in Nesta’s Centre for Collective Intelligence Design, leading research on place-based innovation and digital democracy. Oli is an experienced researcher, bringing a mixed method research and participatory practice to the Nesta missions, and leading projects such as Collective Intelligence through Digital Tools for democratic innovation. Prior to Nesta, Oli was a lead at the design, research and innovation practice, the Arup Studio, where he led strategic design projects in the built environment.
Kristin Solhaug Næss is an advisor on citizen participation for the municipality of Trondheim, and head of the citizen participation group in the Norwegian Smart Cities Network. She is an urban designer with a passion for co-creation. Her focus for the past few years has been working with how technology and digital participation can support how we develop our cities and society. She has been working with the piloting and use-case of Decidim for both Trondheim and the other municipalities in the Norwegian Smart Cities Network since 2019.
Camilla Torvik Tønne is an advisor in Stavanger Smart city. Her work involves innovative projects that includes co-creation and participatory processes as methods for solving wicked problems in society.
She is an advocate for social entrepreneurship and testing new approaches for collaboration between sectors.
Camilla is working with the piloting and use-case of Decidim for Stavanger kommune and other municipalities in the Norwegian Smart Cities Network.