Sharing Cities Sweden will develop world-leading test-beds for the sharing economy in Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmö and Umeå. Through test-beds, sharing services and digital solutions will be developed. The opportunities and risks of the sharing economy will be tested and evaluated. The test-beds will be supported by a national node for coordination, national learning and international exchange.

Leading the way with Urban Living Labs

The test-beds are taking the form of urban living labs or sites devised to design, test and learn from social and technical innovation in real time and in real places. Urban living labs are both an arena (a geographically or institutionally defined space) as well as an approach for exploratory and experimental collaboration between a range of actors. The test-beds in Sharing Cities Sweden are designed in line with the key factors that make urban living labs unique. These include:

Context: Urban living labs are located in a defined geographical area. The test-beds in Sharing Cities Sweden are located in Stockholm, Umeå, Gothenburg and Malmö. The geographical area within the test-beds is further limited to certain areas and activities.

Experimentation: Urban living labs aim to design and test new solutions, technologies and policies in real environments and do so in a transparent manner. The test-beds in Sharing Cities Sweden are designing, implementing and testing sharing services.

Participation: A key factor in urban living labs is that the development is based on collaboration with a diversity of stakeholders and users. The test-beds in Sharing Cities Sweden are based on continuous and interactive collaboration with a mix of organisations and sectors.

Leadership: Clear leadership and ownership are considered crucial for urban living labs. The test-beds in Sharing Cities Sweden are designed and managed by local authorities and universities and the initiatives are managed in cooperation with a variety of partners.

Evaluation: Urban living labs involve continous evaluatation in terms of formalizing learning, driving forwards implementation and creating impact. The test-beds in Sharing Cities Sweden are systematically working with evaluations of sharing services.