ACSI 2013 started off this morning with over 100 participants present in Malmö. Ten challenge-holders met their group members, all focused and ready for their task. During four days they will explore their particular challenge for sustainable urban development and collaboratively develop new prototypes.
– I hope these days will give us a good balance of sharp focus, meeting people and new ideas and at the same time having fun. In this camp for societal innovation we learn together. We are looking to create and strengthen innovations that target a large population. There will probably be more questions than answers, but asking questions is one of the key processes in our work, says Hank Kune, Coordinator Program & Design, during his inauguration speech at ACSI this morning.
Hank Kune also pointed out that many of the 10 challenges are both complex and complicated, and that there are no easy answers.
– ACSI is not about consulting, nor about problem solving. ACSI is about trying to get a deeper and broader understanding of the challenges. We want to reframe and redesign. We will be proud and satisfied if we have helped the challenge holders to explore one or more possible solutions to their challenge, he said.
During the camp different solutions will be prototyped. Some of them will then continue to be prototyped during the six coming weeks after ACSI, ready to be discussed again on the two-day meet-up in October 2013.
– ACSI will bring together a diverse group of people and ideas. We will use our collective intelligence and hopefully also make use of our old networks. We also like to apply self-organisation during the camp. Hopefully the suggestions and prototypes will be both sustainable and scalable, within the frame of the challenge theme and also in society, said Hank Kune.
The participants in the camp come from all over the world. Karen Milner, from Wits University in Johannesburg in South Africa, is participating in the challenge presented by Esbo City. Last year she was responsible for the ACSI Camp in Johannesburg, and so she will be next year as well.
– I hope to be able to contribute to the case from Esbo, which I find relevant both to my university and to all universities around the world. I also hope to meet nice people, she said.
David Montero Jalil, a social entrepreneur and also working at The London School of Economics and Political Science, is participating in ACSI for the first time.
– I hope to take part of multidisciplinary work, which I think is what we need for social entrepreneurship. Working with challenges is the only way to find new ides as I see it, he said.
– We find it exiting to be here and are looking forward to meeting our challenge group. When coming back home we will discuss and continue working with the outcome of the camp with some of our members, said Marie Pernebring and Anna-Karin Berglund from the Swedish organisation SALAR (Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions).