The process of the Brussels-Capital Region cluster’ pilot of TRANSFORM is running in different phases. In the first phase, the cluster is running the assessment of community needs and resources. Exploring the broad topic of circular economy, the cluster selects specific community needs and challenges to address, paying particular attention to sustainability and inclusiveness of the entire participatory process.
In a fully participatory approach, BE participation, in collaboration with other local CSOs and charities, will be involving citizens belonging to different demographic groups in design-thinking workshops but also other representatives of the “quadruple helix” or 4H (public authorities, industry, universities and civil society). These events’ objective is to (re)define the problem, map user needs, and benchmark for the Brussels-Capital Region cluster’ pilot of TRANSFORM and are facilitated by BE participation professionals.
In a second phase, the cluster will facilitate the co-creation of social innovation and carry-out rapid prototyping of solutions and their testing “in situ” with users in the community to enable the cluster to understand what works. The cluster will award grants to implement innovative ideas responding to the selected collective challenges.
January – August 2020
- Reflection process with the cluster members exploring the broad topic of circular economy, the cluster selects specific community needs and challenges to address.
September – December 2020
- Definition of the local action plan;
- Engagement of Think Tank members (local experts) to support the co-creation process and the impact assessment of the cluster experimental activities;
- A detailed description of specificities of Brussels cluster local context, methodological approach and concrete action plan;
- First round of capacity building activities.
January – March 2021
- Mapping existing RRI programmes and activities from the Brussels-Capital region;
- Ideation of the co-creation process through participatory workshops to (re)define the problem, map user needs, and benchmark;
- Multi-stakeholder engagement through Think Tank activities;
- Second round of capacity building activities.
April – July 2021
- Co-design of community needs, resources, expectations and perceptions with project partners, citizens, decision-makers and industries.
July – January 2021
- Unfolding of the co-creation through participatory workshops;
- Third round of capacity building activities.
January – December 2022
- Implementation of co-created innovative solutions;
- Involvement of business incubators to contribute to developing business models;
- Engagement of policy makers to ensure solutions respond to public policy priorities and approaches, so that the design thinking processes and/or proposed solutions may be integrated into policy measures in the future;
- Dissemination of outcomes at local and international events.