Urbanisation is one of the key future megatrends in the Nordic region, just like in the rest of the world. By 2050, 66 percent of the world’s population is predicted to live in urban areas and this we need to plan for also in the Nordics.
Mobility systems play an important part in ensuring that our growing urban areas will be liveable smart, and sustainable and we need to start thinking about how to develop them sooner rather than later.
To develop a sustainable future of mobility, innovative solutions and partnerships between cities, companies and other stakeholders are needed. Nordic Innovation aims to bring together various Nordic cities to plan joint visions for 2050.
"We believe that the future of mobility is created in cities and facilitating this process is where Nordic Innovation can make a difference”, says Håkan Lind, Senior Innovation Adviser.
"You cannot predict the future, but you can shape it" – Nordic Urban Mobility 2050 Futures Game
Based on research, in-depth interviews with mobility experts, and testing, Finnish service design company Hellon have together with Nordic Innovation developed the Nordic Urban Mobility 2050 Futures Game.
The intention of the game is to be used as a conversation starter for municipalities, companies and citizens to help plan and prepare for future of mobility, and to encourage participants to identify areas for Nordic collaboration.
Shaped as a board game, the game lets you take a sneak peek into the future and imagine how people live in 2050. It enables an engaging approach and interaction between the participants, resulting in future stories created together. The game encourages to solve potential conflicts and suggests that even though you can not predict the future, you can shape it.
Towards joint solutions
During 2019 Nordic Innovation has conducted a series of workshops for mobility experts and providers to test the game.
In 2020, the game will be used for workshops with representatives from the Nordic Smart City Network to ideate areas for Nordic collaboration.
In the final phase of the process Nordic Innovation aims to facilitate collaboration among Nordic cities and fund projects initiated by the cities.
This project is part of the Nordic Innovation program Nordic Smart Mobility and Connectivity.