Demos Helsinki has 15 years of experience in creating communities that drive change, as well as in developing collaborative models and cross-sectoral co-creation. Demos Helsinki has an important role in the Committed community in designing and facilitating the collaboration among its member companies, and in linking the transformation of the energy sector to wider societal developments.
The Committed community was formed in 2018 to create open and agile forms of collaboration for new openings in the energy sector. Its founding members are Fortum, St1, TietoEVRY, and Wärtsilä, and Demos Helsinki acts as the community manager. The community was born out of a wish to accelerate the energy transformation through innovative and open collaboration.
Demos Helsinki is in charge of leading the work of the Committed community. The network serves as a platform for collaboration within the energy sector in order to develop and refine potential ideas for new business ventures. The collaboration among the members includes experimenting with innovations and co-creation, sharing valuable experiences and information on changes in the energy sector, participating in public discourse, and creating new partnerships.
The network serves as a platform for collaboration within the energy sector in order to develop and refine potential ideas for new business ventures.
– Our hypothesis of speedy development of the energy sector comes down to collaboration. With a continuous collaborative platform, we have a chance to react fast. When we pinpoint possibilities, the network can react accordingly at a fast pace”, says Demos Helsinki’s consultant Jussi Laine.
Through the community, the member companies have found opportunities to develop new business ventures by combining the know-how of its members. In addition, the shared expertise has allowed the network to investigate how technologies that are still under development can be turned into a profitable business more rapidly.
The shared expertise has allowed the network to investigate how technologies that are still under development can be turned into a profitable business more rapidly.
Results from this collaborative work already include, for instance, the Arctic Energy Forerunners, a community of Nordic companies who are developing sustainable wind power production in the arctic region. When Committed focused on the value of CO2, Fortum brought their idea of a carbon market to the table, which later developed into Puro, the world’s first marketplace for removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
The Committed community’s function is being constantly redeveloped. Its underlying principles are flexibility, openness, and trust.
– The changes in the big picture are so huge at the moment that individual organisations cannot change the whole field. A larger network has more leverage. The role of the energy sector in the climate change discussion and in a sustainable future is very central. Understanding that world and developing the suitable operational models for it is important and motivating work. Demos Helsinki feels that bringing different organisations together is an important component of change”, Jussi Laine says.
Read about the network: https://committed.energy/
Header picture: Ahmad Dirini