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Local Insights to Global Challenges

BASF is committed to taking a broad view of innovation challenges that includes not only market needs and technology trends but environmental and social challenges as well. To get to the bottom of these challenges, observation and local insights are key.

Creator Space Tour during the company’s 150th anniversary in 2015 took the focus on major challenges in the areas of urbanization, energy and food across all three sustainability dimensions: economy, ecology and society. On six Tour Stops worldwide at Mumbai, New York, Shanghai, Barcelona, Sao Paulo and Ludwigshafen we learned a lot about the different local challenges.

How we work together worldwide

Very early in the process of exploring relevant topics we engage experts and so called creators to define altogether the scope of interest and collaboration. To get the best on-site input, we are working with local experts from various backgrounds such as academia, think tanks, innovation hubs, artists and other representatives of local stakeholders of our focused topic. We are committed to long-term relationships with open, transparent communication and collaborative work in order to find short-, middle- and also long-term solutions for the specific regional challenge of each location. The BASF experts of Creator Space have the task to manage and coordinate the whole process of accommodation between the different stakeholders and to bring the communication process to a clear and manageable result in order to continue working with it in the future.

To present you a deeper insight into the related challenges you will find five White Papers on the next pages. The White Papers document the insights BASF has gained on diverse topics such as Water Supply in Mumbai or Waste Management in Shanghai. Each White Paper has two sections: The first consolidates the insights generated by the participants of the Creator Space summits. The second section offers solution ideas that address not only technology but other key areas that need to be addressed to create viable solutions. “The platform created is our offer to co-create and develop concrete actionable plans that can be followed up on by all contributors”, the authors of the Mumbai White Paper say.

Water Supply in Mumbai

The White Paper from the Mumbai Tour Stop will provide you first hand information about how to improve access to safe and affordable water through changes in technology, policy and behaviour in Mumbai Metro as an example for water supply challenges in urban regions.

Co-creating solutions for urban neighborhoods in coastal cities

"Co-creating solutions for urban neighborhoods in coastal cities" is a White Paper from New York that gives well-grounded insights on how a exemplary seaside neighborhood in an urban environment as Red Hook accommodate more people by using less resources and simultaneously coping with the danger of future floods.

Waste Management in Shanghai

The Waste Management White Paper from Shanghai reconsiders how our lifestyle choices shape our urban habitat and how we can improve our waste management.

Mitigation of food loss and waste in Brazil

The Brazilian White Paper on mitigation of food loss focuse on finding solutions to improve the sustainable production and consumption of food. We brought together a wide variety of stakeholders with extraordinary interest and expertise for this cause – consumers, local businesses, students, scientists, technicians, policy-makers and more – and engaged them in a multi-day co-creation exercise.

Future Energy Systems in Ludwigshafen

Germany wants to demonstrate its pioneering role in the reduction of greenhouse gases and the weakening of global warming. The White Paper "Smart Energy" examines the interplay between governmental, municipal, commercial and private actors in the realization of environmentally friendly energy systems for the future.