What is the Wellington Living Laboratory?
The Wellington Living Laboratory provides Wellington, FL with an open and transparent online platform to work towards the vision outlined in Wellington 2060.
The Living Laboratory utilizes the concept of open-innovation in conducting the identified projects. Open-innovation, or co-creation, will allow for the immediate and continuous input of stakeholders throughout the research and planning process. As each project is executed, the project's webpage will be updated continuously with research reports, presentation videos, and blog entries. Stakeholders specific to the project will have the opportunity to provide continuous input and comments on all materials, and therefore play an integral role in the research process. Each project will culminate in a formal Research Report document.
The projects of the Wellington Living Laboratory are administered by FAU's School of Urban and Regional Planning, in close cooperation with Wellington. School faculty and graduate students conduct all research and compose all reports.
The above diagram illustrates the living laboratory concept by showing how the Economic Opportunities I project of the Wellington Living Laboratory relies on the continuous flow of information and feedback from all stakeholders within the University and Wellington.
From the academic side, two courses will provide research data and economic development theory to a third course (Planning Living Laboratory), which translates that information into the project webpages, which are utilized by practitioners. It is then expected that all members of the Wellington Living Laboratory provide feedback via the website to be used in the development of the projects.