Living Lab Assendorp

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Living Lab Assendorp
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Windesheim - Applied Gerontology program
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Where is this organization located?: 
The Netherlands
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Jan S. Jukema
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Older persons face unavoidable changes in later life. These changes relate to different aspects of their lives, including the physical, social, psychological and spiritual domains. Some changes may lead to what may be described as a ‘wicked problem’. This can be described as a problem difficult or impossible to solve because of incomplete, contradictory, and changing requirements from different stakeholders. Given the complex nature of a wicked problem, sustainable and effective innovations ask for an integral and multidisciplinary approach that meets different criteria of different stakeholders. This demands involvement of older persons and other relevant stakeholders in processes of co-creation. Gerontologists may play a key role as facilitators of co-creation. We assume specific competences in facilitation of co-creation as essential for job performances of professional gerontologists. This asks for specific training at the undergraduate level of gerontology education. These competences can best be obtained in a real life environment that offers challenges and guidance. Therefore, we are designing a powerful learning environment (PLE) that focus on learning outside the classroom that meets these demands, called Living Lab Assendorp. Assendorp is a neighbourhood in a middle-sized town in the Netherlands. This PLE constitutes the overarching umbrella for a series of projects in one full academic year. Together with one older member of a local community the first steps are taken in the development of such PLE. Students in their second year of studies will work with older adults in defining and exploring the nature and size of a particular wicked problem. Next, they describe in collaboration with other stakeholders possible approaches in dealing with the problem; and develop as co-creators an innovative answer. In this process different methods of Design Thinking and principles of Practice Development are used.
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This project is part of a BSc program in Applied Gerontology. Our mission is to train enterprising and valuable Applied Gerontologists as ageing specialist to collaborate with older adults in answering ageing issues. To this end, we are setting up a powerful learning environment of excellence: International; Interdisciplinairy; Interactive & Intergenerational. It is our vision that excellence occurs in a dynamic learning environment in which students, older persons, faculty, knowledge partners and professional organisations work together on innovative products and services.
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Housing: increase the number of older people living independentlyRespect and social inclusion: increase in number of policies/strategies targeted at older peopleCivic participation: increase in possibilities for active civic participation of older people
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The aim of this PLE is twofold. 1. First, to enable students in the development of their competences in facilitating co-creation processes with older persons on a tactic and strategic level. 2. Second, to study and develop in depth practices of co-creating with older adults on dealing with wicked problems.
Target group
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How many people have you reached or do you expect to reach with your initiative?: 
100 - 250
Does your initiative target a specific age group?: 
65 - 7980+
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Living lab/pilot
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Not applicable
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Mixed-methodsQualitative evaluation
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