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Below is a selection of reports published by Synocus and its partners. The full versions of some of the papers are available upon e-mail request. 

Eco Urban Living (pdf)

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Together with the City of Espoo, Nokia, Fortum and Valmet Automotive Synocus developed, during the autumn 2010, four scenarios for how the city of Espoo may evolve into a leading eco-friendly innovation hub by 2020. This report has subsequently been used to further strengthen the building of a network around the idea of making the so called T3-area, Otaniemi, Keilaniemi and Tapiola a dynamic growth center for the City of Espoo. Furthermore, the scenario report has also served as a basis in formulating the outline for the next phase of the Eco Urban Living initiative, the focus of which is making the City of Espoo a front runner in implementing new low carbon measures. At the conclusion of the scenario process, a report (pdf) was published.

Det svenska i Finland år 2030 (pdf - in Swedish) 

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The Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities, Magma – Finland’s Swedish Think Tank – and the Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland launched a scenario project in the spring of 2009. The project aimed at collecting people's views on the future of Finland's Swedish-language community. Synocus served as the project facilitator. The project was intended to serve as a foundation for discussing future strategies concerning Swedish in Finland in a variety of contexts. This work resulted in a pamphlet, Det svenska i Finland år 2030 (pdf), which gained significant attention when published.

Innovation Strategy in Eastern Finland (pdf - in Finnish) 

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Synocus facilitated an innovation strategy process in Eastern Finland in cooperation with Tekes and TE Centres, where companies and public sector actors were activated as clusters to identify new opportunities. The innovation strategy was developed during January 2006 – January 2007 in strong cooperation between North Savo, South Savo, North Carelia and Kainuu provinces. The technology development departments at TE Centres and Tekes were the driving forces behind the project. The innovation strategy was a part of the preparatory work for the EU structural fund period 2007-2013. The research report (pdf) (in Finnish) written by Patrik Laxell, senior consultant of Synocus, is available for download.

Quality Seniorship (pdf - in Finnish)

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The quality seniorship project investigated values and needs of the 55-plus market segment in Finland. The project is based on a large survey conducted in spring 2005. 7000 persons took part in the first part of the survey. The second part, conducted in summer 2005, with more detailed questions was answered by 700 persons. In addition to the survey, many experts were interviewed and background research was conducted.

Prime Movership in Digital Convergence – The Prominence Project (pdf)

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This report presents the emergence of digital convergence, its present state, and argues that its real impact will be seen over the next ten years. The reason that the pace of digital convergence will speed up is the development of a single communication paradigm, namely  uninterrupted broadband internet access for all-purpose digital gadgets. The possibility to integrate mobile communication with the PC has existed previously, but integration has, thus far, been modest. Now with broadband internet, camera-phones and 3G, the threshold for the consumer to begin experimenting with new functionality has been significantly lowered.

Regional Brain Gain (pdf)

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The Regional Brain Gain project aimed to develop a unique understanding of values and priorities that characterize knowledge holders in a particular region. By understanding the inner ambitions and goals of these individuals, it is possible to develop a policy statement aiming at attracting and retaining skilled people to a geographic region. A report (pdf) detailing the project's results was published at its conclusion.