CEE Community LAB

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About

The CEE Community LAB is an action-oriented network and co-creation ‘LAB’ that brings people together – from the public and private sectors – to address climate change challenges in central and Eastern Europe (CEE).

The LAB aims to build the trust, capacity and cross-sectoral collaborations that are needed to trigger transformative, systemic change. Collaborations will address priority areas for the region, including retrofit, smart agriculture, re-industrialisation and other significant sectors in CEE.

Kicked off and supported by EIT Climate-KIC, the CEE Community LAB will offer entry into a pan-European knowledge and innovation community of ‘systems innovators’, while focusing on local challenges.

 

By offering tools, approaches and a wide network for tackling place-based challenges in a systemic way, the CEE Community LAB aims to test different options for accelerating climate adaptation and resilience, while bringing benefits tailored to local people.
A key value add of a systems innovation approach is that it offers a platform and techniques for collaboration, including ways to:

  • establish common intent and interest amongst business and government ‘challenge owners’, researchers, educators and citizen groups
  • systems mapping across multiple systems, to understand and leverage interdependencies
  • a way to build a case for collaborative intervention and investment based on ‘systems value’, to help drive systemic change
  • a way to recruit new collaborators into joined-up missions, and manage relationships, community engagement and results generation in a coherent way
  • simplification of operations and financial sustainability

Three overarching challenges have been identified for 2020:

Stream 1: Unlocking new ways of thinking and increasing impact – Innovations and experiments that address systemic blockages to climate action in CEE. Projects include policy experimentation, futures literacy, foresight and social simulations.

Stream 2: Addressing lack of collaboration and low level of trust in the region – Experiments that engage citizens, NGO, designers, businesses, and public authorities in collaborative projects, to build the trust and networks needed to tackle climate emergency collectively. Projects will employ co-creative methods, ideation, and social simulations.

Stream 3: Financial innovations addressing climate emergency – Experiments leading to the creation of financial innovations and a finance community- focused on tackling the climate emergency in CEE.

These three streams are being managed by the partners who co-create the Community LAB with EIT Climate-KIC: Cleantech ForEst, Impact Hub, Ashoka, 4CF Strategic Foresight, Centre for Systems Solutions.

Calls and Events

CEE Community LAB announces new series of climate innovation events

The ‘co-creation lab’ CEE Community LAB, was launched by...

CEE Community LAB announces new series of climate innovation events
New CEE Community LAB will drive climate impact in Central and Eastern Europe

EIT Climate-KIC is partnering with Cleantech ForEst, Impact Hub,...

New CEE Community LAB will drive climate impact in Central and Eastern Europe
World’s biggest green business ideas competition now fully digital, free and...

The three-day Grand Global Final of the EIT Climate-KIC supported...

World’s biggest green business ideas competition now fully digital, free and accessible to all

Stories, news and resources

CEE Community LAB announces new series of climate innovation events

The ‘co-creation lab’ CEE Community LAB, was launched by...

CEE Community LAB announces new series of climate innovation events
New CEE Community LAB will drive climate impact in Central and Eastern Europe

EIT Climate-KIC is partnering with Cleantech ForEst, Impact Hub,...

New CEE Community LAB will drive climate impact in Central and Eastern Europe
What role can finance play in the green recovery? EIT Climate-KIC and UNEP Fin...

EIT Climate-KIC, in partnership with the UNEP Finance Initiative,...

What role can finance play in the green recovery? EIT Climate-KIC and UNEP Finance Initiative ask leading thinkers to weigh in

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