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Issue 2(66)/2021, p. 77-88

doi: 10.37190/arc210208

Salih Ceylan, Mehmet Emre Arslan

Living Lab approach to community training for recycling. A workshop experience

Abstract

    The subject of the article is Living Labs – innovative platforms for meetings and exchange of ideas between specialists and users in order to develop and implement improvements oriented towards the needs of the latter. These modifications may concern not only products and services, but also, for example, the urban living environment. Living Labs are among those enterprises that approach sustainable development in a social context. Living Labs’ practical activities relate directly to the everyday problems of local communities, and in the search for solutions, the opinions and ideas of their members are taken into account, therefore these platforms are potentially an important place helping to shape sustainable societies.The aim of this study was to present the benefits of living laboratories. This was done on the basis of the case study of Başakşehir Living Lab, an organization that conducts research on the efficient use of natural resources and the improvement of the quality of life in one of the districts of Istanbul, the city with the highest population in Turkey. The publication focused on the presentation of a series of workshops entitled “From electronic waste to design”, the purpose of which was to show the possibility of reusing electronic waste. From the methodological point of view, the article was prepared on the basis of the authors’ own experience related to the organization and conducting of workshops and a review of the literature, on the basis of which the theoretical foundation for the undertaken practical activities was outlined. The article also discusses the results of surveys which were carried out at the end of the series of workshops, which showed that such projects have a significant impact on building and raising the pro-ecological awareness of participants.

Key words: Living Lab, sustainable societies, waste management, electronic waste

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