The Aristoil Model can easily be replicated in other regions that want to promote healthy olive oil. They first need to sign the protocol to adhere to the Aristoil Cluster. Then they need to set up an Aristoil Living Lab for involving the other stakeholders at a local level.

Each country that becomes involved as a partner in the project has to organise an Aristoil Living Lab. It’s important in order to better manage the adherence and to monitor the members of the Cluster.

Living Labs are informal public private people partnerships involving Quadruple Helix actors and stakeholders (i.e. from Academia, Business, Civil Society and Government) in the co-creation of new or improved products, services, policies and/or infrastructure according to the principles of user driven, open innovation. Since 2006 when the Finnish Presidency of the EU endorsed them for the first time, Living Labs have become widespread in Europe and overseas. The rationale of adopting the Living Lab approach in Aristoil lies in the fact that when personally and directly engaged in co-creation processes, people (in our case, the small entrepreneurs from the olive oil value chain: farmers, millers, agri consultants etc.) are far more creative, collaborative, effective and persistent in their attachment to the proposed innovation process than in different circumstances. Therefore, the innovation process outputs and outcomes are more valuable and impactful than others. This is witnessed in our project by the speed at which the principles and objectives of Aristoil have been taken up in several MED countries and regions in a relative short time frame.

If you are an olive oil producer/ Miller / Distributor / Laboratory / Local-Regional Institution/ Research Center, you can support the Aristoil Cluster by setting up an Aristoil Living Lab. If one already exists in your country, read the guidelines and check out the criteria to follow in order to be part of the ARISTOIL FAMILY (in terms of production / milling / packaging / distribution / storage).

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