How IKEA’s Research Lab SPACE10 Open-Sources Innovation

An interview with Simon Caspersen, founding member and Director of Communications for Copenhagen’s future-living lab SPACE10.

The Grow Room, an open-sourced urban farm pavilion. Photo by Rasmus Hjortshøj

SPACE10 is a future-living lab on a mission to design a better and more sustainable way of living. In edition #5 of The Community Podcast I had the pleasure to talk to Simon Caspersen on how they open-source innovation.

With projects ranging from vertical farming to the future of meatballs, the team at the Copenhagen-based research lab works with a global network of collaborators to not only research what the future brings, but also prototype it.

The results are open-sourced and available to anyone; which is especially remarkable since IKEA, the Swedish furniture giant, is the main sponsor behind SPACE10.

Simon Caspersen is part of the founding team of SPACE10 and its Director of Communications.

In our conversation we talk about how SPACE10 got started, how their community-based approach convinced IKEA to support them, and why Simon doesn’t believe in 300 page innovation reports — but rather in creative artworks like a photo series on the future of meatballs that went around the world.

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