How to build a factory of sustainable and innovative open source projects?

Once again the Teachers / Researchers team of the SKEMA Business School have managed to surprise me with a very original and fascinating concept.

MOVILAB or The incubation of sustainable lifestyles in vivo

This was the topic of the 59th breakfast debate from the Innovation & Knowledge Cycle on the SKEMA Business School held on Wednesday, June 26.

New-YorkMOVILAB is a laboratory for sustainable lifestyles. Its objective is to promote and bring out sustainable lifestyles within territories, communities of individuals. Through these actions, two worlds that do not normally communicate came to meet: that of sustainable development and of the open source concept. This unexpected encounter is to generate social and societal innovation.

MOVILAB is structured around a series of steps. The first of them is based on analysis of the territories to identify all outstanding projects and document them so they can be transplanted in other jurisdictions and in other contexts.

The speakers of the day, Christophe Sempels and Gilles Perole presented the methodology from the identification of eligible projects, their analysis to identify critical success factors and the context and conditions which would allow the replication of the endeavour in another place and community.

This very efficient project’s documentation methodology is why each experiment in the Lab may be considered as an Open Source Product as the outcome is a real Open source full project plan.

In order to illustrate the concept, Gilles Perole, Mayor deputy, presented the case of the transition to 100% organic agriculture to supply the three city’s school restaurants of Mouans Sartoux in 2012, on a controlled budget. This extremely interesting governance model has been developed around the first municipal agricultural production unit in France.

Christophe Sempels is professor of sustainable development and strategy SKEMA. He is the author of several books: “Dare to sustainable marketing” (Pearson, 2009), “The business models of the future” (Pearson, 2012) and a forthcoming book “Sustainable Innovation Strategy” (Palgrave MacMillan, 2013 ).

Gilles Perole is Deputy Mayor in charge of Education and Childhood at the city of Mouans Sartoux and Community Advisor at the Pôle Azur Provence.

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