Dave's blog. Updates from Dave Carter, Head of MDDA.

What’s going on? Summer in the city……

In spite of all my best efforts July came and went without a chance to add anything to the blog so now things are a little bit quieter I’ve sat down to add a few things, starting with info about the Peterloo anniversary events taking place this Sunday below. The last six weeks have been some of the busiest of the year.

July started with me going to the Living Labs European conference in Lulea (pronounced Loo-lee-oh), which is the most northern large (-ish) city in Sweden, just 100km south of the arctic circle. Over 250 people from more than 100 Living Labs across Europe were there, together with people from the newly emerging Living Labs in other parts of the world, including Brazil, South Africa and Japan. I was one of only a handful of people from the UK, which was disappointing, but it was great to hear, and hopefully learn, from the people involved in doing some amazing work across the Living Labs network, more on the openlivinglabs website. Living Labs are all about ‘open innovation’, going beyond the research lab and out into the real world, trying to maximise the social, economic and environmental benefits that can come from good research and innovation practice. Over the next few months we’re aiming to create a higher profile for the work we’re doing within the Manchester Living Lab so watch this space.

Posted on: August 13, 2009.