The I-CHANGE consortium convened in Savona, Italy to discuss and plan the upcoming events in the eight Living Labs. A major topic was the dialogue events that will be carried out later this year. Here, scientific results from the I-CHANGE Living Labs will become the focal point of a dialogue with citizens and stakeholders, exploring pathways to new policies and practices.

To familiarize and experiment with the planned dialogue format, Living Lab partners were prompted to develop narratives out of the scientific data that has been collected in their respective regions. In this way, datasets, models, and graphs were translated into easily understood storied such as:

Jeroen lives in an old and badly insulated apartment on the top floor in the historic part of Amsterdam. He has been feeling that his apartment is getting very hot during summer nights. On his 87th birthday, he could not sleep because it was so hot in his bedroom and sleeping on the couch in his living room was also no option because it was also really hot there. He kept the windows and curtains closed during the day, because he knows that blocking the sun and letting no warmer outdoor air in, would prevent heating up his apartment even more. However, he got a bit drowsy because there was no fresh air, and he knew the CO2 concentration was high. He opened the windows during the night, when the outdoor air had cooled down. However, the room only slowly cooled down because there was almost no wind and therefore there was almost no ventilation. He felt that it was still really hot in his apartment. Keeping the window open when he wanted to sleep, also gave a lot of sound disturbance as he lives next to a busy road. The heat wave continued for days, and with each day he felt worse and worse, as a combination of high temperatures and a bad sleep quality deteriorated his health. At the end of the heat wave he had to go to hospital, because his health was deteriorated. Luckily, he got better, but in the future heat waves will be more extreme and he worries what the future will bring.

This example showcases how scientific results can be turned into a narrative that effectively displays the problem. Using this method makes a massive difference for people not directly involved in the project.