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Give&Take seeks to co-design an innovative ICT platform that will enable senior citizens to reciprocally exchange services, creating new opportunities for the elderly to contribute to society as volunteers and caregivers in their local communities.

The Give&Take project is funded under the EU’s AAL programme.

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Through social and digital media innovation the Give&Take project will:

  • Strengthen the quality of life of senior citizens through occupation and social engagement as a key to mental, social and physical fitness.
  • Explore the societal potential of informal community support and civic engagement for tasks currently supported by the public sector.
  • Improve the ability of older citizens to live as independently as possible.

A shift from public care services to informal community support and civil engagement not only empowers seniors but also prevents dependencies and public finance burdens – several national and European projects have demonstrated how volunteering networks are defining new learning opportunities and ways for seniors to contribute to society. The elderly have untapped knowledge and experience, time and energy, as well as their own financial resources to contribute as citizens, volunteers, and particularly as workers and consumers.

Senior citizens desire engagement in society and the public sector needs to engage civic society in order for the welfare system to survive. The Give&Take cross-media platform solution will be prepared to interface with the public elderly care system as well as in independent local senior organizations.

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End-users

Give&Take will work closely with end-users.

  • Primary end-users are senior citizens in Austria and Denmark. The initial exploration of current experiences of service exchange, and of needs, values, and criteria for an effective service exchange will be done in an Open Community mode with a group of 20-25 senior citizens. We will use a mixed-methods approach based on design laboratories thinking, and also include ethnographic techniques such as observations and interviews, focus groups, cultural probes. Later we will work more intensively in a LivingLab based approach with 8-10 citizens in Denmark and in Austria.
  • We will also work with secondary end-users through local neighbourhoods, senior organizations, care organizations and public care units.
  • Finally, we will work with tertiary end-users like private or public elderly care organisations and units that can have an economic advantage or increased efficiency through the Give&Take service, or public sector service organizers who contribute in enabling or paying the service.
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Methodology

Give&Take will combine the Design Laboratory, an innovative methodological platform for co-design and user involvement, with LivingLab and Open Community approaches. Design Laboratories facilitate open collaborations between many stakeholders (e.g. researchers, industrial partners, seniors, senior organizations, municipalities etc.) sharing a mutual interest in design research in a particular field. LivingLabs are design and experiential platforms that will allow us to understand and evaluate the Give&Take concept and application in an everyday context.

The core of the process is a series of co-design events where all stakeholders participate in activities that focus on mutual experimentation and learning. Interaction with design laboratories have been carefully planned in the workplan to allow continuous feedback from end-users, in the different phases of the project development. Socialsquare and Take The Wind will ensure that the Give&Take prototype is developed through iterations between sketches, wireframes, specification, design, development and evaluation.[/vc_column_text][divider line_type=”No Line” custom_height=”40″][image_with_animation image_url=”537″ alignment=”center” animation=”Fade In” img_link_target=”_self”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”in_container” bg_position=”left top” bg_repeat=”no-repeat” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” top_padding=”40″ bottom_padding=”40″][vc_column width=”1/1″][divider line_type=”No Line” custom_height=”40″][vc_column_text]

The consortium

The project consortium consists of research organisations, SME technology providers, end-users representatives and end-users.

Give&Take is coordinated and led by Lone Malmborg, the IT University of Copenhagen (Denmark).

The 6 partners in the consortium are:

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The IT University of Copenhagen (Denmark) A leading research institution in ICT, welfare service design and its integration in society.

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Take The Wind (Portugal) An innovative SME specializing in technology-enabled solutions and services, holding particular expertise in digital media services in health and welfare areas.

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The Royal Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design (Denmark). A research centre with proven experience in design labs and co-design in different domains, namely healthy ageing.

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The Technical University of Vienna (Austria) A university of technical and social sciences with world-class expertise in the domains of computer science and its relation with sociology, ageing, and ethics.

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Socialsquare (Denmark) A SME with strong competencies in the design and commercialisation of social services targeting public organizations needs but focused on citizens.

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Frederiksberg Munucipality (Denmark). An innovative municipality which will ensure alignment with new public sector elderly policy and participate in the user recruitment, and testing of the Give&Take service.

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