Demonstrators are living labs to experiment, prototype, test, and scale interventions for transformation. The previous stages with defining the challenges and the vision story results an understanding of where to intervene and ideas on how to intervene, which leads to the demonstrators.
Demonstrators can be considered as living organisms consisting of people and organisations working together. This perspective helps us understand that innovation is only achievable through a collaboration of diverse actors.
The ecosystem and the demonstrators are set up to constantly adapt, as the new system emerges. The leadership dimension of an ecosystem is crucial, and the key to success.
Experiments to demonstrate
A demonstrator allows testing different aspects and eliminating what does not work. To fail in these processes is also a way of learning. Failing should be viewed as a possibility for adjusting and testing again.
Demonstrators also allow for small-scale experimentation in real life. Testing and prototyping with different perspectives, time frames, roles, boundaries, and feedback loops will strengthen the process.
By experimenting and prototyping within the established demonstrators, it is possible to learn about which interventions work best.
It is also important to continue onboarding new stakeholders. It is also a possibility to revisit the current state, the desired future and the existing demonstrators. The onboarding is best done by co-creating together with the new stakeholders and allowing new ideas to be added.