557,000 local governments provide and regulate the majority of services in cities around the world. Technology and new business models offer an opportunity to harvest efficiencies, make services more sustainable and accessible, thereby transforming the quality of life for more than 50% of the world’s population. Yet, decision-making in local governments is often poor for a combination of lacking intelligence about what best solutions exist in the market place, protectionism, and poor articulation of problems.
Living Labs Global is a non-profit association based in Copenhagen working with 50 global cities and more than 500 innovative businesses to develop a more transparent and real-time marketplace to deliver the right technology and services to more than 100 million citizens in the world. Living Labs Global is supporting a technology start-up providing massive reach and helping the expansion of the network to 500 cities, involving hundreds of employees in each city and thousands of companies to create a marketplace that will change the world.
Living Labs Global and CityMart are supported by Ashoka Innovators for the Public and was selected as one of the social innovation initiatives with the largest systemic change potential to become part of the Ashoka Globalizer programme.
Veronica’s project based research is focused on engaging local communities in the public procurement process. It is expected that citizens can help decision makers to prioritize needs, discover existing solutions or co-create new ones, evaluate results and provide feedback.