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Nordic Urban Mobility 2050 – Future Cities

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.

Photo: Dorde Tomic

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.

Contacts

Portrait Nina Egeli

Nina Egeli

Senior Innovation Adviser
Internationalization, innovation and business development support, in combination with a strong background in strategy and policy development are main pillars in Nina’s professional life. Through project design and management, she aims to fit market needs with relevant services and opportunities that allows new business partnerships and business projects to prosper.

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Portrait Ivar Josefsson

Ivar Josefsson

Innovation Adviser
Ivar combines his international experience with an environmental background to identify the most promising Nordic projects for achieving sustainable growth. His main strengths lie within the fields of international relations and environment, and he worked briefly in the international development sector prior to joining Nordic Innovation in 2018.

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Mikael von Dorrien

Senior Innovation Adviser
Mikael has long experience working within the field of hightech startups. With a background from Swedish Almi Invest, he has in depth knowledge of the startup investor market. Since 2014 Mikael has worked at Nordic Innovation with entrepreneurship, Nordic Innovation Houses and now the Nordic Smart Mobility and Connectivity program.

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