#OOSchat – What is the best platform for #oosEU

Wednesday October 2015

Background; The toolbox team are meeting on Twitter (#OOSchat) once a week Wednesday 18.30 (Lisboa time) for until the end of November to discuss a range of topics relating to the toolbox design and development.

First topic; What is the best platform for #oosEU. We had some discussions on this in #oosEU week Lisboa (October 12-16) and concluded that as we all had WordPress skills then in practical terms this might be best.

Requirements Specification; In discussion we felt the hosting platform had to offer 3 characteristics

  1. Customisable templates to support the “project style”- to be developed by Fernando (?)
  2. Support e-learning modules
  3. Host the results of any Hackathon which address gaps in the build as the project evolves (e.g. interactive infographics)

Platforms; The following list was presented to #oosEU in Lisboa on Thursday for discussion. We might look at some of these examples during the tweet up

xtlearn.net (on Capture)

Bibblio on Heutagogy Bibblio Intro

MOOCs COOCS P2PU Coursera Futurelearn

WordPress Introduction to WordPress (this Third Place EU blog)

Stigmergy (Fernando) Video > Stigmergy as an image…
fg-stig-#transACT

Hackathon – What makes an awesome hackathon (quora)  HackDay Manifesto

TweetUp resources; There will be a Storify but this space can be used for capturing the discussion;

Fred first suggested looking at Bibblio resources on Social Entrepreneurs

The full Storify version of #OOSchat1 is available

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Toolbox Planning (Lisboa)

Some Resources for Toolbox Planning

I have prepared a set of slides covering the topics; this page adds links from those slides;

These are the resources we will link to on planning days October 14/15

Toolbox Vision

Presentation on Workshop Themes (October 14/15)

Toolbox Vision Document (in Google Docs)

5 Themes

Multidisciplinary CoWorking (lead partner LX Factory in Lisboa)

Local Partnerships (lead partner ZAWP in Bilbao)

Ecological Transitions (lead partner Darwin in Bordeaux)

Participatory Governance (lead partner Rojc in Pula)

Social Entrepreneurship (Lead partner Capture Projects (Lewisham) in London)

Digital Platforms (6)  Continue reading

The Origin of Spaces Research Report

#oosEU Research Report by Christian Weiler

This 223 page report represents the summary of the first years work on the Origin of Spaces EU (#oosEU) Erasmus project. Compiled by Christiaan Weiler of Cab54 architects through a process managed by project partner Darwin and involving all 5 partners. It will provide the basis for the Toolbox and is built around our 5 key themes; Multidisciplinary CoWorking, Local Partnerships, Ecological Transitions, Participatory Governance and Social Entrepreneurship. The full report is here;

Short summaries and discussions of the 5 themes can also be found on these pages;

Multidisciplinary CoWorking – lead partner LX Factory (Lisboa)

Local Partnerships – lead partner ZAWP (Bilbao) 

Ecological Transitions – lead partner Darwin (Bordeaux)

Participatory Governance – lead partner Rojc (Pula) 

Social Entrepreneurship – lead partner Capture Projects (Lewisham) London

This week (October 12-16) we will be discussing our five themes and examining ways we can share what we have learnt with others, and Continue reading

Social Entrepreneurship

Origin of Spaces DOODle – Day 5

Social Entrepreneurship – Lead Partner Capture Projects Lewisham (London)

Summary; Our lead partner describes its’ own Social Entrepreneurship as follows

Being a social entrepreneur is hard to define as there is no precise global definition, although there is a lot of history in the UK, where the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) was founded by Michael Young in 1997.

The term was first used in the literature of social change during the 1960’s and 1970’s. It means taking entrepreneurial methods including risk taking, learning from mistakes, self-confidence, determination, the ability to adapt and above all a passion for solving problems, then using them to solve social problems. These key traits are used to create businesses that measure performance not in terms of profit and return, but in creating businesses that measure their success by their positive impact on society.

Much social entrepreneurship developed in response to Strategic Regeneration. In Deptford London, post-1992, there was a local response built around cultural and

ecological activists in Creekside where many abandoned industrial sites and offices were taken over by artists, and even the SSE. One such cultural response was Capture Arts who act as cultural brokers and have acted in pop-up spaces allowing social and cultural entrepreneurs to operate. Despite much intermittent local practice, no strategic approach to developing spaces for social entrepreneurs has emerged.

Key points in Social Entrepreneurship (at Capture)

  1. Hard to define, so ad-hoc and chaotic
  2. School of Social Entrepreneurs (a history)
  3. About social change using entrepreneurial skills
  4. Risk taking, learning from mistakes, self-confidence, determination, the ability to adapt
  5. A passion for solving social problems,
  6. Creating businesses that measure their success by their positive impact on society.
  7. Cultural and ecological responses to strategic regeneration
  8. Abandoned offices taken over by artists
  9. Cultural brokers creating pop-up spaces allowing social and cultural entrepreneurs to operate
  10. No overall strategic approach to developing spaces for social entrepreneurs

Key Aspect of Social Entrepreneurship at Capture is point 4 “Risk taking, learning from mistakes, self-confidence, determination, the ability to adapt.”

Capture Arts page on Social Entrepreneurship on xtlearn.

Questions for discussion

  1. Are these the 10 key aspects (or attributes) of Social Entrepreneurship?
  2. What points would you like to know more about?
  3. Do you have your own Social Entrepreneurship project and do you have any information about it to share with us?
  4. Do you know of any other useful information about Social Entrepreneurship?

Background Information on the Origin of Spaces project can be found in the presentation CoCreating CoWorking Spaces. Wikipedia definitions available for CoWorkingPartnerships, Ecological Transitions (Ecosystem), Participatory Governance (Participatory Democracy), Social Entrepreneurship and Third Place. Comments also welcome on Multidisciplinary CoWorkingLocal PartnershipsEcological Transitions and Participatory Governance. More information available in the Glossary & Resources sections.

As our partner ZAWP says; Share your practice with us!

Participatory Governance

Origin of Spaces DOODle – Day 4

Participatory Governance – Lead Partner Rojc Pula (Croatia)

Summary; Our lead partner describes its’ own Participatory Governance as follows;

Imagine a huge military building of 16,739 square meters with endless, gloomy hallways where, historically, militants, officers and war refugees lived and worked. The building was named after Second World War hero Karlo Rojc but abandoned in the late 1990’s. Due to the simple fact that no one switched off the electricity and water supply, different artists, activists and associations began to occupy the building, thereby inhaling and inspiring new creative energies.

Today, the Community Centre Rojc is a particular “place of civil society,” an alternative urban culture centre situated in a small town called Pula, Croatia, in the north of the Mediterranean southern Europe. Rojc hosts 111 associations with very different activities: culture and art, sport and recreation, children and youth, ethnic minorities, psycho-social work, etc.

In 2012 some associations established the Rojc Associations’ Alliance, defined as the associations’ network of the Community Centre. Together with the city of Pula, which is the legal owner of the building, Rojc Alliance is developing a participatory governance model for governing this huge building. There is a need to break away from a co-tenancy mode to more productive forms of co-existence, co-management and co-production, thus creating a dynamic, hybrid organisational and management model that will be more effective and professional.

Key points in Participatory Governance (at Rojc)

  1. Huge abandoned military building owned by the local council
  2. Occupied and used a functional building
  3. Artists, Activists, Associations and NGOs acting together
  4. Inhaling and inspiring new creative energies
  5. A place of Civil Society
  6. Culture & Art, Sport & Recreation, Children & Youth, Ethnic Minorities, Psycho-Social Work
  7. An organisational alliance network of the Community Centre.
  8. Move away from a co-tenancy mode to more productive forms of co-existence, co-management and co-production
  9. Creating a dynamic, hybrid organisational and management model

Key Aspect of Participatory Governance at Rojc is point 8 “Move away from a co-tenancy mode to more productive forms of co-existence, co-management and co-production

Questions for discussion

  1. Are these the 9 key aspects of Participatory Governance?
  2. What points would you like to know more about?
  3. Do you have your own Participatory Governance project and do you have any information about it to share with us?
  4. Do you know of any other useful information about Participatory Governance?

Background Information on the Origin of Spaces project can be found in the presentation CoCreating CoWorking Spaces. Wikipedia definitions available for CoWorkingPartnerships, Ecological Transitions (Ecosystem), Participatory Governance (Participatory Democracy) and Third Place. Comments also welcome on Multidisciplinary CoWorkingLocal Partnerships and Ecological Transitions. More information available in the Glossary & Resources sections.

As our partner ZAWP says; Share your practice with us!

Ecological Transitions

Origin of Spaces DOODle – Day 3 

Ecological Transitions – Lead Partner Darwin Bordeaux

Summary; Our lead partner describes its’ own Ecological Transitions as follows;

Darwin-Ecosystem in Bordeaux France, created in 2012, has the objective to practice a new way of working. The tenants’ association “Les Darwiniens”, as initiator, coordinator and partner of ‘The Origin of Spaces’, envisions sharing its collection of experiences on ecological transition, and its potential for creating a cohesive and resilient ecosystem.

Among the various shared values in Darwin’s work, culture and leisure community, the objective of ecological transition is the most emblematic, and one that has attracted many committed members. However not every hub project has the same scale or means. Displaying ecological transition values is one thing, but implementing them is quite another. Can sharing a printer, separating waste, certified eco-renovation, even the online monitoring of resource consumption, as alternative eco-practices, be implemented at scale?

Following 12 months of internal and external consultation, sessions with 12 pivotal initiators, and 30 representatives of eco-business and other sectors commenting on the project themes, Darwin’s ecological transition grew from a popular message to a measured mind-and-action-set.

When asking ourselves how to create a Third Place that could change environmental habits on a daily basis, and wondering how to enrol peers to engage in new responsible ways of managing hybrid sites, the experiences of Darwin-Ecosystem provide valuable practical insights.

Key Points in Ecological Transitions (Darwin)

  1. Designed as an Ecosystem
  2. Practical New Way of Working
  3. Tenants Association based
  4. Collection of experiences on ecological transition
  5. Based on a Cohesive and resilient eco-system
  6. Shared values concerning ecological transition
  7. Developing ecological transition as an implementation model
  8. Collaborative development of a “measured mind and action set”
  9. Creating Third Places to change environmental habits
  10. Enrolling peers to engage in managing hybrid sites (Third Places)

Key Aspect of  Ecological Transitions at Darwin is point 8 “Collaborative development of a “measured mind and action set”

Questions for discussion

  1. Are these the 10 key aspects of  Ecological Transitions?
  2. What points would you like to know more about?
  3. Do you have your own  Ecological Transitions project and do you have any information about it to share with us?
  4. Do you know of any other useful information about  Ecological Transitions?

Background Information on the Origin of Spaces project in the presentation CoCreating CoWorking Spaces. Wikipedia definitions available for CoWorking, Partnerships, Ecological Transitions (Ecosystem) and Third Place. Comments also welcome on both Multidisciplinary CoWorking and Local Partnerships.

As our partner ZAWP says; Share your practice with us!

Local Partnerships

Origin of Spaces DOODle – Day 2 

Local Partnerships  Lead Partner ZAWP Bilbao

Summary; Our lead partner describes its’ own Local Partnerships as follows;

ZAWP is a compelling story about the impact of planning in the public and private management of the urban wilderness of Bilbao. It is a train driver’s dream that has brought together a core of nine people interested in change and local impact, by regenerating former industrial spaces and thus creating opportunities for cultural life. Different synergies in Zorrotzaurre and La Ribera de Deusto have framed the current local partnerships and the public management of industrial heritage.

As the urban plan advanced, ZAWP mutated locally, turning ZAWP into an atemporal form; from situated action to a modus operandi. This both changed and enabled a team of people and formulas to take action, whilst forging an urban transformation process. Art, music and business came together to revitalise an area that had long been forgotten yet which seems to be a treasure island for the future of Bilbao; the place to be active and creative within the city’s landscape.

Economical sustainability and livelihoods are the challenge. Challenging local partnerships, collaborations beyond international boundaries, learning from activities which both succeed and fail. Private, public and isolated entrepreneur management are taken into account in order to regenerate the neighbourhood. Share your practice with us!

Key Points in Local Partnerships (ZAWP – Bilbao)

  1. Compelling story about the impact of planning
  2. Urban wilderness
  3. Train driver’s dream
  4. Core of people interested in change and local impact
  5. Regeneration of former industrial spaces creating opportunities for cultural life.
  6. Different synergies by neighbourhood frame local partnerships
  7. Public management of industrial heritage
  8. Transition from situated action to modus operandi
  9. Team building an urban transformation process
  10. Art, music and business came together
  11. Active and creative within the cityscape

Key Aspect of Local Partnerships at ZAWP is point 5 “Regeneration of former industrial spaces creating opportunities for cultural life

ZAWP recommend the Wikipedia resource on Local Enterprise Partnership for further reading.

Questions for discussion

  1. Are these the 11 key aspects of Local Partnerships?
  2. What points would you like to know more about?
  3. Do you have your own Local Partnerships project and do you have any information about it to share with us?
  4. Do you know of any other useful information about Local Partnerships?

Background Information on the Origin of Spaces project in the presentation CoCreating CoWorking Spaces

As our partner ZAWP says; Share your practice with us!