Museums as innovation platforms – New project widens the use of museums

NEWS | Published: 9.2.2018

Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova coordinates a project that looks for new ways of using museums and supporting young people's capacities for working life. The project builds cooperation between higher education institutions, museums and the actors involved in entrepreneurship education.

This is a development project in which successes and failures help to create new operating models. We explore through experimentations how museums can serve as platforms for societal activities. The aim is to develop the innovation training of higher education students and to support young people's opportunities to influence society,” explains Maria Granlund, the project coordinator of the Museums as innovation platforms project.

Museums as innovation platforms is a two-year development project implemented by four actors: the Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova museum, the Museum of Technology, Humak University of Applied Sciences and Junior Achievement Finland. As the final outcome of the project, new operating models will be offered to museums and other organisations working with children.

The three-stage project will be launched in February by organising think tanks in which higher education students define different societal problems and challenges. The think tanks will have access to the facilities, collections, exhibitions and expertise of the museums. Introductions to the workshops will be given by experts who will be addressing future work, megatrends, innovations and intuition. The central aim of the project is to encourage a new kind of thinking and to use the museums boldly as a platform for ideas.

In the second stage of the project, the young participants will choose the most interesting challenges and begin to work on them using the inspiring material provided by the museums and the creative museum environment under the guidance of innovation coaches. In the third stage, the operating models developed and tested in the project will be disseminated to other actors working in the education of young people.

The project has been funded by the European Social Fund and is a part of the European Commission's Sustainable growth and jobs 2014-2020 programme.

About the participating organisations:

Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova is a museum of history and contemporary art established in Turku in 1995. The museum's aim is to find innovative ways to cooperate with the general public.

The Museum of Technology in the Vanhakaupunki area in Helsinki is the largest general museum of technology in Finland. The museum is an arena of Finland's industry and technology that records the past, interprets today and explores the future. Its vision is to tell the story of the cultural heritage of technology while keeping up with the times, networking widely, inspiring interest and breaking boundaries between culture and businesses.

Humak is an international and social university, engaged in the development of a fair and communal Finland. Humak provides participation, social wellbeing and communality and creates new information, competence and expertise in its fields.

Junior Achievement Finland (JA Finland) is a part of the international Junior Achievement (JA) network. JA is the world's largest organisation providing entrepreneurship and consumer education for young people. Junior Achievement Finland offers programmes that support entrepreneurial attitude, readiness for working life and financial management skills for young people aged between 7 and 25 at different levels of education.

Heini Sorakivi
Project Coordinator
tel. +358 207 181 644